The Vallejo Symphony 2022 season is back, with some changes – The Vacaville Reporter

The arts hold a special place in our world, being important to savor, experience and sustain, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, especially during difficult times.

Despite the many ups and downs of the pandemic era, the Vallejo Symphony continues to perform, with the 89th season resuming with an adjusted schedule, the conductors announced.

The list of performances this year, dubbed “Higher Revelation”, continues with the three concerts previously scheduled, but not in their original order, each with two performances, Saturday and Sunday. However, the second and third concerts will remain on their previously scheduled dates.

“The symphony was very fortunate to have all soloists and the musical director available and no substitution of personnel or musical selections was necessary,” Tim Zumwalt, a spokesman for the orchestra, said in a statement. press release, adding, “All tickets purchased for the season will be honored and customers do not need to make any special arrangements.

All performances will be held at the Empress Theater, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo.

Single tickets are available online for $35 to $65, and subscription packages are also available at or by phone (707) 643-4441. For group tickets, with discounts for 10 or more people, call the same number. (Public health protocols may be in effect, so ask or research restrictions, such as masking and social distancing.)

Among the highlights, according to Zumwalt, are performances by three pianists: Jared Redmond, Jeffery LaDeur and David Fung.

Pianist David Fung (Contributed photo — Vallejo Symphony)

And, he added in the prepared statement, the programs will include works by Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Trey Makler, Caroline Shaw, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Beethoven.

The first of this year’s concerts, dubbed “Pastorale”, will take place at 8 p.m. on April 23 and 3 p.m. on April 24, with Taddei on the podium leading the musicians of Shaw’s “Entr’acte”, Piano Concerto No. 1 by Rachmaninoff and Beethoven. “Pastoral” Symphony, his sixth.

Zumwalt said that Shaw, the youngest composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, “compresses time and stretches it again – taking us, in her words, ‘behind the looking glass’.”

LaDeur, who records for the Music and Arts label, will perform “Rach 1,” as it is sometimes called for short, with its dramatic opening statement, lyrical and melancholic overarching themes, and a closing movement denoted by a fast passage .

Pianist Jeffery LaDeur (Contributed photo — Vallejo Symphony)

The Beethoven, of course, is the German composer’s ode to the countryside of his native land, with echoes of a Sunday walk, the cries of birds, a country dance, a resounding thunderstorm, and a quiet ending, akin to a hymn.

Taddei, a graduate of the Juilliard School in Manhattan in his sixth year conducting the Vallejo Symphony, will lead the orchestra again in the second concert, titled “The Dance,” at 8 p.m. May 7 and 3 p.m. May 8. , with works by Seeger. , Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.

Seeger, whom Zumwalt describes as “an ultramodern composer and matriarch of the Seeger folk revival family,” composed in radically different styles. His ‘Music for Small Orchestra’ came from his early avant-garde period, while ‘Rissolty Rossolty’, a polyphonic patchwork of three folk tunes, was composed ‘as a whimsical homage to the endless energy of folk music,” Zumwalt said.

Fung, dubbed a “rising star” by BBC Music Magzine, will perform Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, widely regarded as a resume builder for any serious pianist, among the most famous Vladimir Horowitz, Sir Thomas Beecham and Van Cliburn. The piece is characterized by treacherous cascading leads and bold, thundering octaves, as well as the immortal opening melody (“Tonight We Love”).

The concert will end with Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, which Wagner called “the apotheosis of the dance”, but the 1813 work actually marks the composer’s stylistic break with Mozart, Haydn and others who imitated the composers of the classical era. The second movement, the allegretto, is frequently performed separately in modern times. The final movement is a thrilling series of chords that are sure to keep anyone awake.

The third and final performance of the season, “Fate,” will take place at 8 p.m. June 18 and 3 p.m. June 19, again with Taddei on the podium, conducting Makler’s “Pixie”; Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20, with soloist Redmond; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, probably one of the best-known works in all of world symphonic literature.

Zumwalt described Makler’s piece as a “vivid and delicious treat” by the VSO’s composer-in-residence.

“We are thrilled to introduce Trey and honored to present the premiere of this new work,” Zumwalt said in the release.

Redmond, a pianist-composer based in Seoul, South Korea, will perform the Scriabin, a contemporary and classmate of Rachmaninoff. The work is Scriabin’s only real concerto, by turns tense, dark, poetic, delicate, hovering, lyrical.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 anchors the programme, and Taddei, also music director of the Wellington Orchestra in New Zealand, will conduct the music and in its well-known four-note opening theme, which has been described as “the sound of fate”. Knock on the door. »

In this piece, the German composer, at the forefront of the romantic movement in the early 19th century, let the world know that he was leaving the 18th century behind and celebrating modern man and revolution, not the royal patronage and the elite. It is Beethoven the storm, the thunder, paving the way for those who followed him in the mid to late 19th century, including Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Bruckner.

Pre-concert talks are presented an hour before each orchestral performance and feature conversations between Taddei and guest artists, providing insight into the program. Taddei will also feature videos titled “One Minute with Marc” in the symphony orchestra’s online newsletter, website and Facebook page.

The Vallejo Symphony can also be heard on KZCT-FM 89.5 in Vallejo, the orchestra’s main radio station. The three concerts will be rebroadcast: Concert 2, April 29 at 10:30 a.m.; Concert 3, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.; and Concert 1, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. In addition, guest artists will appear in live interviews and these programs will be posted on Facebook/VallejoSymphony.

Vallejo Symphony also contributes concert recordings to KDFC-FM 90.3 in San Francisco for their “Bay Area Mix” program and website. The VSO has been presented eight times since 2015.

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