In the opening concert of their season, Lee Mills directs the Naples Philharmonic in a program of Gibson's warp & weft, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.”
Left Coast and the San Francisco Girls Chorus team up to present a program which centers the voices of Californian women composers.
This concert generously sponsored by Susan Shalit and Mary Logger.
The beautiful and varied program includes works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Lisa Mezzacappa, Reena Esmail, Jessie Montgomery, Gabriella Smith as well as a new work written for the occasion by Sarah Gibson. Themes explore environmental and social justice. Selections from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas frame the program.
Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a program of Gibson's to make this mountain taller, a commission by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the cinematic Violin Concerto by Korngold with Randall Goosby (violin), and a selection of Strauss' Waltzes & Polkas.
On February’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks program, the Knoxville Symphony paints a vivid landscape of jagged oceanside cliffs with Dame Ethel Smyth’s picturesque On the Cliffs of Cornwall, and the brilliance of the sea with Debussy’s mystifying and brilliant La Mer. Supported by the League of American Orchestra’s Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program, Sarah Gibson’s latest work, to make this mountain taller, makes its Tennessee premiere. Geneva Lewis makes her KSO debut with Beethoven’s lyrical Violin Concerto.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s influence was far-reaching and ushered in a movement of music that was picked up and further developed by composers like Wagner and Strauss. Beethoven’s one and only Violin Concerto has become an audience and performer favorite, filled with delicate melodies and stunning poignance. This concert opens with a premiere by Los Angeles-based composer Sarah Gibson, which the League of American Orchestras commissioned with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The concert scampers to an exciting finish with Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, a lively, comic work about the conflict between stern forces of repression and the irrepressible spirit of freedom.
Principal Oboe Mary Lynch VanderKolk leads a program of works that includes a new sonata by Sarah Gibson as well as two other pieces written for VanderKolk as part of Through Her Window, an ongoing commissioning and performance project that brings together some of the most eloquent female-identifying musical voices of our time to expand the canon, share stories and reflect on life in the world today. Inspired by the well-known quote attributed to Claudia Alta Johnson, “Art is a window to the soul,” Through Her Window works to undo the historic silencing of women by raising women’s voices through music.
HOCKET revives the silent film era with their new project Photoplay Music: New works for the Silent Film Era, a cinematic concert experience. Featuring icons of French Surrealist Silent Film, Photoplay Music features newly commissioned works for three classic films by some of today's most innovative composers Ian Dicke, José Martínez, and Gemma Peacocke.
Harkening back to the early days of Hollywood when a pianist accompanied every silent film screening, HOCKET will use two pianos and a myriad of other instruments including toy pianos, melodicas, electronics and more to highlight these new film scores. Known for their exuberant performance style, HOCKET members Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff breathe new life into classic works of cinema, creating a concert experience that will delight both film and music aficionados.