Symphony prepares for Carnegie Hall in the fall
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2012 22:04
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO) will conclude its concert season Tuesday night with a performance it is calling A Journey through Time and Space.
This concert has much fueling its hype. Not only is it the orchestra’s final concert this season, but it also is its last until it performs at Carnegie Hall in October.
“Seeing as this is our last performance before Carnegie Hall, I decided to create a rounded program that features music from all musical eras,” Ricardo Averbach, conductor of the orchestra, said. “We’ll be performing music from the Baroque era, the Classical era, the Romantic era and the 20th century.”
The symphony will also premiere an orchestral arrangement of Heitor Villa-Lopos’ Song of the Black Swan. Miami’s Professor of Ethnomusicology and Latin American Studies Thomas Garcia founded this arrangement. According to Garcia’s program notes, he has been studying Lopos’ music for over 20 years and came across this arrangement by acclaimed orchestral arranger Andre Kostelanetz while in Rio de Janeiro. The arrangement was only performed once in the 1960s in Brazil and was never published, making the symphony’s performance the North American premiere.
The concert will also feature winners of this year’s Concerto Competition. The Concerto Competition is an annual event at Miami held in November where student musicians compete as a soloist for an opportunity to perform with the symphony. A panel of judges, mostly professional musicians from around the area, decide the winners.
“The experience of getting to be a soloist with the entire orchestra is pretty monumental,“ junior David Locke said, a hornist and one of this year’s winners. “Winning the concerto competition is something I’ve been working towards since before I was a freshman [at Miami] when my sister made the finals.”
According to Averbach, one other winner of the competition, bassoonist Ray Jacinto, a second-year graduate student, will be featured at the concert. Junior Molly Jones was also a winner this year, but is unable to perform because she is studying abroad this semester, so she will be recognized in the next concert season.
According to Averbach, the concert is also dedicated to Judith Delzell, chair of the department of music, who will retire at the end of this year.
“We are now in the final days of Dr. Delzell’s time at Miami,” Averbach said. “She been here for many years and put in so much work for the department. I felt this would be the best recognition the orchestra could give her.”
MUSO’s A Journey through Time and Space will take place 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.