With the support and encouragement of the community, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra has been able to present Symphony On-Symphony Strong since its last live performance on February 29, 2020. After 18 months, 115 videos, 4 unconventional classical concerts and a unconventional silent film. , they are ready for live entertainment again.
The return to the Atwood Concert Hall arrives in the aptly titled Party, by Adolphus Hailstork. After first gaining attention in 1966 when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presented their master’s thesis, Statements, variations and fugue, Hailstork has since grown into one of the 20th century’s most prolific black American composers with works for orchestra, piano, opera and everything in between.
Compound hail Party in 1976, commissioned by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the bicentennial of the United States. After the NSO premiere, the piece was distributed free to high schools across the United States to support music education. This will be ASO’s first performance of Celebration.
Featured at this special homecoming concert, ASO Principal Violinist Kathryn Hoffer in Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 in G major. Best known for his great symphonies and often portrayed in portraits at his piano, Beethoven was also an accomplished violinist. He even played the viola in the opera and chapel orchestra of his hometown of Bonn. While composing his second symphony, Beethoven pauses to write his graceful and “violinist” Romance.
When asked what she thought of Beethoven Romance, Kathryn wrote: “Most people think Beethoven had a temperamental and uncontrollable personality. He also had a tender side, as the Sweetly Sentimental Romances prove. The Romance in G major is a nice gift for violinists. Playing it feels like a sincere conversation between good friends.
This piece is particularly poignant as the ASO mourns the sudden loss of its Music Director and Musical Mentor, Randall Craig Fleischer, in August 2020. Kathryn also wrote of the return to the stage: “Now that we are back to normal, I am filled with excitement. and the joy of making music again with my colleagues on the Atwood stage. But there is sorrow mixed with happiness; we have reached the dreaded day of stepping onto the podium without our beloved Randall Craig Fleischer, his tragic loss now becoming a reality. “
Artistic advisor and conductor Elizabeth Schulze steps onto the podium to lead ASO. Asked about the upcoming season, Schulze replied, “We are so grateful to be able to return to the Atwood Concert Hall to perform again in front of a live audience! The administration, board of directors and musicians of ASO contributed with their considerable efforts to the planning of our season, all with the desire to continue the vision and musical legacy of Maestro Randall Fleischer. Several of the works in our programs were chosen by Randy to be presented last year. We dedicate our performances of these great works this season to his lasting memory. “
Schulze and Fleischer were longtime friends whose careers crossed paths on several occasions. In fact, during his tenure at ASO, Fleischer brought in Schulze to conduct ASO twice – once in 2004 to conduct Brahms Symphony No.2 and again in 2016 to conduct Silly Symphonies in Disney. Schulze and Fleischer met at Tanglewood, they both became associate conductors with the National Symphony Orchestra, both were musical directors of the Flagstaff Symphony and Fleischer had appointed Schulze as its principal guest conductor at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.
ASO CEO Sherri Burkhart Reddick adds, “Elizabeth’s title is artistic advisor, which is really another way of saying interim music director. We look forward to being guided by Elizabeth’s artistic leadership. We know that she is an exceptional conductor, a passionate musician and a strong advocate of music education. We know that Randy respected and trusted Elizabeth with us and her other orchestras, and we think right now it is important and heartwarming to have an artistic leader who knew Randy and who understands who and what we are missing in as long as we take our next steps to heal, regroup and move forward. ”Schulze will lead ASO this season as ASO begins their search for a new Music Director.
Also on the program of this moving and memorable evening, one of the most popular and most performed orchestral pieces by a contemporary Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez ‘ Danzon n ° 2. And to close this evening of celebration, the happy and optimistic Dvořák Symphony No.8.