Albany Symphony Orchestra Season Continues With Water Themed Concert

Feb 18, 2015

Albany, GA - The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s “Brave the Elements” season continues with Beethoven in Blue Jeans, a “WATER” themed concert featuring the world première performance of Steven Landis’ “Thronateeska” composed about the Flint River. The concert is Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM in the Albany Municipal Auditorium with Pre-Concert Notes from the stage at 6:30 PM with Maestro Claire Fox Hillard and composer Steven Landis.  The concert also includes Smetana’s well-known “Vltava,” (The Moldau) and Beethoven’s picturesque Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral,” with its flowing stream and mighty thunderstorm.   For the 2014-2015 season Maestro Hillard has created a concert series based on the four basic natural elemental elements.  The remaining concert is:  “EARTH” – April 11, 2015 featuring native American flutist Joseph FireCrow performing a multi-media work by James Cocky, “The Gift of the Elk.”

 

Thronateeska by Steven Landis was commissioned in celebration of the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Season.  Cast in three continuous movements, the composition explores the impact that the Flint River has had upon the region and the environs of which the river is comprised.  The geological features of flint and its use in local pre-Columbian History inspire the first movement.  The second movement pays homage to the delicate and simple beauty of Spider Lilies in bloom, unique to the Flint River Basin.  The Flint River has influenced the course of human history for thousands of years. The final movement is a survey of events as perceived by the river. The concerto was composed for the new music quartet enhakē as soloists and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

 

enhakē  is constantly inspiring audiences around the world with its electrifying and sincere renditions of chamber music repertoire.  The ensemble’s members, Wonkak Kim, clarinet; M. Brent Williams, violin; Katherine Geeseman, ‘cello; and Eun-Hee Park, piano; serve as the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s ensemble-in-residence.  Spanning classical to contemporary masterworks, enhakē has been praised for its “playing of the very highest caliber” (Fanfare) and “keen instinct for exciting programmes" (BBC Music Magazine).  The group’s 2010 Carnegie Hall recital “Made in America” was lauded for its "rock solid rhythmic integrity...strengths in balance, intonation, and musicality” and described as a “polished, yet spontaneous performance" (The New York Concert Review).  The grand-prize winner of the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (2009), gold medalist of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall (2008) and laureate of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition (2011),  enhakē regularly performs throughout the world’s most exciting venues.  A staunch advocate of new music, they collaborate with leading composers such as Libby Larsen, Peter Lieuwen, and Edward Knight who have written for and/or dedicated music to the group.  enhakē  can be heard on NPR stations and on its CDs on the Emeritus and Naxos labels. 

 

Landis, a native of Gainesville, Florida, works with many mediums including solo instrumental, mixed chamber groups, large ensembles, digital and mixed media, as well as film and theater. Most recently, he has taught Composition at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Steven earned an MM in Composition from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as an MM in Double Bass Performance and a BM in Composition from The University of Florida. He is currently pursuing a DMA in Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.

 

The performance is at 7:30 PM in the Albany Municipal Auditorium.  Pre-Concert Notes will be presented from the stage at 6:30 PM with Maestro Hillard and composer Steven Landis informally discussing the music to be performed at the concert and answering questions.   Anyone purchasing a ticket to the concert may attend the Pre-Concert Notes free of charge to learn more about concert, gain insight into the music and ask questions

 

 

Tickets for the concert range from $15 - $30 for adults and $10 for students – senior citizen and military discounts available.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Albany Symphony offices at    229.430.8933   or visit    www.albanysymphony.org.

 

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For any additional information contact:

 

 

            Steven Landis                                                            352.777.5304

               composer                                                     s.landis@yahoo.com

 

 

            Jim Bullion, President                                  229.347.2450

               Albany Symphony Association                     jimbullion1040@gmail.com


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