Vivian Fung, Composer

JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung has a unique talent for combining idiosyncratic textures and styles into large-scale works, reflecting her multicultural background. NPR calls her “one of today’s most eclectic composers.”  This is supported by many of her works, including Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories, a…

Ana Mora, Mezzo-Soprano

Venezuelan mezzo-soprano Ana Mora began her career in 2013, when she made a name for herself performing oratorio repertoire. Ana made her operatic debut in 2015, playing the role of Giovanna in Rigoletto and The Page of Herodias in Salome at the Teatro Mayor Julio...

Program Notes | Christmas Treasures

Selections from The Nutcracker Suite PETER ILYCH TCHAIKOVSKY Born May 7, 1840, Votkinsk Died November 6, 1893, St. Petersburg Early in 1891, the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg approached Tchaikovsky with a commission for a new ballet. They caught him at a bad moment. At…

Mark Kosower, Cello

A modern player with a “signature sound” and distinctive style of playing, cellist Mark Kosower embodies the concept of the complete musician performing as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras, in solo recitals and with pianist Jee-Won Oh, and as a much admired and sought-after chamber…

Program Notes | Beethoven’s Harp

Fantaisie in A Major for Violin and Harp, op.124 CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Born 1835, Paris Died 1921, Algiers Saint-Saëns’ most popular works―the “Organ” Symphony, the concertos for piano and for violin, and Danse macabre―employ a heavy, almost Germanic, sound, but as the composer grew older his…

Gary Thor Wedow, Guest Conductor

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, festivals and choral organizations throughout North America. Opera News has hailed him for his “hot music making” and “convincingly elegant period style.” Maestro Wedow’s engagements during...

Program Notes | Season Opener

“Invictus” Fanfare ANTHONY BARFIELD Born 1983, Collinsville, Mississippi Anthony Barfield, who grew up on a farm in rural Mississippi, wanted to play the drums in his sixth-grade band, but the band director switched him to trombone. Barfield describes that encounter as “love at first sight.”…

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