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Join Us for Our 32nd Season!
From Music Director Mark Churchill:
What an amazing year we’ve had at SPM! We’ve presented two of the most challenging masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire: Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra and Debussy’s La mer. Those along with a gorgeous new composition by American composer Jennifer Higdon, and a number of engaging shorter works. That said, our collaborations with guests may be the most exciting aspect of our current season. In the fall we were joined by the first of the season’s two “rising stars” of classical music, 16-year-old cellist Zlotomir Fung, who has already won first place in a half dozen international competitions and played with orchestras all over the globe. Then violinist Angelo Yu, also an international prize-winner and soloist dazzled us with his intense virtuosity in our last concert. Special mention should go to our younger partners: gifted young dancers from the Franklin School of the Arts and violinist Zoe Chang from Northborough High School. I get goose bumps thinking of every one of SPM’s performances this season so far.
And there’s no doubt that our final concert will be as splendid as all the others this season. SPM returns to the monumental works of Gustav Mahler with his Symphony No. 4, featuring each of our players and stunning Westborough-based soprano Andrea Ehrenreich. If you’re not already familiar with this deeply moving work, I suggest you tune in to a very entertaining and informative talk by world-renowned Mahler conductor Benjamin Zander here . You might also enjoy Maestro Zander’s coaching a young soprano (not Andrea) in the song that comprises the last movement of the symphony here . I guarantee that your enjoyment of the symphony will be immeasurably enhanced by listening to these commentaries!
Our soloists for the concerts are very much a family affair: Colombian husband and wife clarinetists Luz Sarmientos and Ivan Valbuena. Ivan and Luz have been guests in my home for the last three years while students at the Longy School, studying with famed clarinetist Jorge Montilla, former first clarinetist of the fabled Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. While honing their remarkable talents with their master teacher here they both have played with SPM for many rehearsals and concerts, both as clarinetists and percussionists. To give them a well-deserved send off to their doctoral studies at the University of Texas Austin, we’ve asked them to perform the two brilliant Concert Pieces for two clarinets and orchestra by Mendelssohn. Also we’ve commissioned their wonderful mentor, Jorge Montilla, to compose a special Latin-inspired work just for them. We will present the premiere performances of Montilla’s Fantasia Concertante at these concerts.
So looking forward to sharing all this with you very soon!