Music Director, Sarah Ioannides and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra open the 2011-2012 concert series entitled, “Heroes & Legends” on Saturday, September 10.
Paying tribute to national and local heroes through an eclectic selection of repertoire, the concert includes a special World Premiere performance of Kenneth Fuchs' “Falling Man”
featuring Metropolitan Opera baritone, James Maddalena. In addition, the program includes the Spartanburg Festival Chorus and a choir of local First Responders performing patriotic favorites such as “America the Beautiful”, “Shenandoah”, “God Bless America”, and the “Armed Forces Salute”.
A renowned composer, Kenneth Fuchs' distinctive compositional voice and flair for orchestral colors are recognized internationally, with works most recently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. The United States Air Force Academy Band commissioned the band version of Fuchs' “United Artists”,
a work now considered a modern fanfare and performed by bands throughout the country. The Don DeLillo novel of the same name inspired Fuch’s large-scale vocal-orchestral work, “Falling Man”. Published in 2007, “Falling Man” portrays a survivor of the 9/11 attacks and the effect his experiences on that day have on his life thereafter.
American baritone, James Maddalena first gained international recognition for his notable portrayal of the title role in the world premier of John Adams’ Nixon in China
in 1987. Maddalena also performed the title role in the opera’s 2011 debut at the Metropolitan Opera. Maddalena is featured on the Grammy Award-winning recording of Nixon In China
and the Emmy Award-winning PBS telecast.
"This program is a fine example of the power of music. Music has the capacity to soften feeling of pain allowing us to comprehend and process tragedy. 9/11 was a tragedy that we find difficult to face" comments Ioannides. "Kenneth Fuch's composition addresses the event in an almost operatic fashion. Using an adapted text from novel "Fallng Man" by Don DeLillo he balance the harshness of the images and journey of one man through this event with sumptuous vocal and orchestral score, with beautifully chromatic writing in structure of a song-cycle. We honor the heroes of this event with this premier work along with Mozart, Faure, Copland and traditional patriotic favorites."
All Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra performances are at 7:00 pm in Twichell Auditorium on the campus of Converse College. Reserved seating is now available. For more information, visit www.SpartanburgPhilharmonic.org
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