world premiere

San Diego Symphony – Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

San Diego Symphony – Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

JAVIER ÁLVAREZ – Brazos de niebla (Arms of Mist), based on text by Juan Felipe Herrera
(World premiere commissioned by the SDSO)
TCHAIKOVSKY – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
PROKOFIEV – Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

David Danzmayr, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

The unique commissioned work that opens this program brings together Mexican composer Javier Álvarez and genre-crossing United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The work will be scored for orchestra, narrator and four vihuelas. The concert also features brilliant young pianist/composer Conrad Tao performing Piotr Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

Conrad Tao was called one of “5 Classical Music Faces to Watch this Season” in a recent New York Times article!

San Diego Symphony – Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

San Diego Symphony – Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

JAVIER ÁLVAREZ – Brazos de niebla (Arms of Mist), based on text by Juan Felipe Herrera
(World premiere commissioned by the SDSO)
TCHAIKOVSKY – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
PROKOFIEV – Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

David Danzmayr, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

The unique commissioned work that opens this program brings together Mexican composer Javier Álvarez and genre-crossing United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The work will be scored for orchestra, narrator and four vihuelas. The concert also features brilliant young pianist/composer Conrad Tao performing Piotr Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

Conrad Tao was called one of “5 Classical Music Faces to Watch this Season” in a recent New York Times article!

San Diego Symphony – Tao Plays Tchaikovsky

San Diego Symphony – Tao Plays Tchaikovsky

JAVIER ÁLVAREZ – Brazos de niebla (Arms of Mist), based on text by Juan Felipe Herrera
(World premiere commissioned by the SDSO)
TCHAIKOVSKY – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

David Danzmayr, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

The unique commissioned work that opens this program brings together Mexican composer Javier Álvarez and genre-crossing United States Poet Laureate Juan Filipe Herrera. The work will be scored for orchestra, narrator and four vihuelas. The concert also features brilliant young pianist/composer Conrad Tao performing Piotr Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

Conrad Tao was called one of “5 Classical Music Faces to Watch this Season” in a recent New York Times article!

Note: This “Rush Hour 2.0” concert begins at 6:30pm and runs less than 90 minutes with no intermission. Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability are subject to change.

Monterey Symphony – Concert 1

Monterey Symphony – Concert 1

ALEX BERKO – Among Waves (Big Sur Commission)

FRANZ SCHUBERT – Symphony No. 9, D. 944 (“The Great”)

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

The Monterey Symphony will open the 73rd season – Sound Waves – with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great;” and a new work from composer Alex Berko, commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust, entitled Among Waves.

Berko, an exceptional student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, drawing inspiration from the deep beauty of the landscape for inclusion in his new orchestral work. Glen Deven Ranch played a role in the first commission with the Big Sur Land Trust, resulting in Big Sur, the Night Sun by esteemed composer John Wineglass. Do not miss this opportunity to hear the premier of the Alex Berko’s Among Waves, the second work in this series, with Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony!

Join us one hour prior to every performance for our pre-concert lectures presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra

Monterey Symphony – Concert 1

Monterey Symphony – Concert 1

ALEX BERKO – Among Waves (Big Sur Commission)

FRANZ SCHUBERT – Symphony No. 9, D. 944 (“The Great”)

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor

The Monterey Symphony will open the 73rd season – Sound Waves – with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great;” and a new work from composer Alex Berko, commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust, entitled Among Waves.

Berko, an exceptional student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, drawing inspiration from the deep beauty of the landscape for inclusion in his new orchestral work. Glen Deven Ranch played a role in the first commission with the Big Sur Land Trust, resulting in Big Sur, the Night Sun by esteemed composer John Wineglass. Do not miss this opportunity to hear the premier of the Alex Berko’s Among Waves, the second work in this series, with Max Bragado-Darman and the Monterey Symphony!

Join us one hour prior to every performance for our pre-concert lectures presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra

Guest Soloist with UCLA Wind Ensemble

UCLA Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, May 30, 8 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall
Free Admission

The concert opens with the UCLA Symphonic Band, an ensemble comprising talented students from across campus. Repertoire includes Frank Erickson’s Toccata for Band, a classic since its composition in 1957; Greg Danner’s award-winning Walls of Zion, based on the revivalist song set most famously by Aaron Copland; Charles Ives’s delightful Old Home Days suite; and Steven Bryant’s MetaMarch, which quotes and transforms themes from Americans We and The Liberty Bell.

The UCLA Wind Ensemble presents mostly contemporary works, beginning with Dana Wilson’s driving Shortcut Home and followed by three premieres—the West Coast premiere of the wind version of Los Angeles composer Adam Schoenberg’s Canto, the world premiere of UCLA composition student Vittorio Russo’s Invocation for wind ensemble and electronics, and the world premiere of the wind version of Robert Tindle’s At Sixty Miles an Hour concerto for bass trombone.  The latter work was premiered in its earlier versions with piano and orchestra by UCLA alumnus Will Baker ’10, who returns to solo with the UCLA Wind Ensemble for this performance. Baker currently serves as principal bass trombone of the Monterey Symphony and Des Moines Symphony and has also played recently with both the San Francisco and Detroit symphonies.

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Augusta Read THOMAS  BRIO for Orchestra (2018 World Premiere)

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Christopher O’Rileypiano

From beginning to end, it is among the most beloved symphonies ever written. Wagner called Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony “the apotheosis of the dance.” Experience its sheer joy and rhythmic energy as we continue our 80th Season, ‘Music in Motion.’ But first, pianist and host of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Christopher O’Riley returns to Des Moines for a bravura performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. The vigor and grandeur of Beethoven’s spirited composition will uplift and inspire.

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Des Moines Symphony – Apotheosis Of The Dance

Augusta Read THOMAS  BRIO for Orchestra (2018 World Premiere)

BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 1

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Joseph Giuntaconducting
Christopher O’Rileypiano

From beginning to end, it is among the most beloved symphonies ever written. Wagner called Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony “the apotheosis of the dance.” Experience its sheer joy and rhythmic energy as we continue our 80th Season, ‘Music in Motion.’ But first, pianist and host of NPR’s ‘From the Top’ Christopher O’Riley returns to Des Moines for a bravura performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. The vigor and grandeur of Beethoven’s spirited composition will uplift and inspire.