- Opening Night
- Michael McDonald
- RSO Homecoming
- Classics at Calvary
- Holiday Pops
- Musical Aperitif
- Mozart in the Square
- Alexander Nevsky
- Masterworks Finale
- Music of Pink Floyd
- Mainstage Winds
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60th Anniversary Opening Night
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
David Stewart Wiley, Conductor
Zuill Bailey, CelloMon 7 Oct 2013, 7:30 PM
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Cellist Zuill Bailey made his RSO debut just over a decade ago. We welcome Zuill back to Roanoke for the RSO premiere performances of two great masterworks by Korngold and Strauss. We begin the evening with a special appearance and overture from the RYSO. The RSO is more than 80 musicians strong in this opening night to remember!
Gliere Russian Sailors' DanceLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21, was dedicated to Baron Gottfried van Swieten, an early patron of the composer. The piece was published in 1801 by Hoffmeister & KŸhnel of Leipzig. It is unknown exactly when Beethoven finished writing this work, but sketches of the finale were found from 1795. The symphony is clearly indebted to Beethoven's predecessors, particularly his teacher Joseph Haydn as well as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but nonetheless has characteristics that mark it uniquely as Beethoven's work, notably the frequent use of sforzandi and the prominent, more independent use of wind instruments. Sketches for the finale are found among the exercises Beethoven wrote while studying counterpoint under Johann Georg Albrechtsberger in the spring of 1787. The premiere took place on 2 April 1800 at the K.K. Hoftheater nachst der Burg in Vienna. The concert program also included his Septet and Piano Concerto No. 2, as well as a symphony by Mozart, and an aria and a duet from Haydn's oratorio The Creation. This concert effectively served to announce Beethoven's talents to Vienna.
Suppe Light Cavalry OvertureRALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Tuba Concerto in F minor
The Tuba Concerto in F minor by the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams dates from 1954. Vaughan Williams wrote the concerto for Philip Catelinet, principal tubist of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), and Catelinet was the soloist in the premiere on 13 June 1954, with Sir John Barbirolli conducting. Catelinet was also the soloist in the work's first recording made that same year, again with Barbirolli and the LSO. While at first viewed as the eccentric idea of an aging composer, the concerto soon became one of Vaughan Williams' most popular works, and an essential part of the tuba repertoire for professionals. The work is in three movements: 1. Prelude: Allegro moderato, 2. Romanza: Andante sostenuto, 3. Finale - Rondo alla tedesca: Allegro. A performance commonly takes about 13 minutes.
Korngold Cello ConcertoJEAN SIBELIUS
Finlandia, Op. 26 is a symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The first version was written in 1899, and it was revised in 1900. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, as the last of seven pieces, each performed as an accompaniment to a tableau depicting episodes from Finnish history. A recurrent joke within Finland at this time was the renaming of Finlandia at various musical concerts so as to avoid Russian censorship. Titles under which the piece masqueraded were numerous, a famously flippant example being Happy Feelings at the awakening of Finnish Spring.
Most of the piece is taken up with rousing and turbulent music, evoking the national struggle of the Finnish people. But towards the end, a calm comes over the orchestra, and the serenely melodic Finlandia Hymn is heard. Often incorrectly cited as a traditional folk melody, the Hymn section is of Sibelius's own creation. Sibelius later reworked the Finlandia Hymn into a stand-alone piece. This hymn, with words written in 1941 by Veikko Antero Koskenniemi, is one of the most important national songs of Finland (though Maamme is the national anthem). With different words, it is also sung as a Christian hymn (Be Still, My Soul), and was the national anthem of the short-lived African state of Biafra (Land of the Rising Sun).
R. Strauss Don QuixoteANTONIN DVORAK
Slavonic Dance No. 1
The Slavonic Dances are a series of 16 orchestral pieces composed by Antonin Dvorak in 1878 and 1886 and published in two sets as Opus 46 and Opus 72 respectively. Originally written for piano four hands, the Slavonic Dances were inspired by Johannes Brahms's own Hungarian Dances and were orchestrated at the request of Dvorak's publisher soon after composition. The pieces, lively and overtly nationalistic, were well received at the time and today are among the composer's most memorable works, occasionally making appearances in popular culture.
David Stewart Wiley Conductor About this ArtistDavid Stewart Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director & Conductor of our Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and New York's Long Island Philharmonic. Prior to these positions, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and, before that, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In demand as a guest conductor, pianist, and composer, Maestro Wiley has performed all over the world including numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has led top American orchestras including the symphonies of Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Oregon, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Utah. David Stewart Wiley is the recipient of the Aspen Conducting Prize (1993), a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood, the Daniels Prize in Music & Literature from Tufts University, and Virginia's Perry F. Kendig Award for Service to the Arts. Maestro Wiley holds four degrees: Doctor and Master of Music degrees in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in piano performance with honors from the New England Conservatory, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University.
As a solo pianist, David Stewart Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States and has appeared as a jazz pianist in Boston's Symphony Hall and in recital appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria. Wiley has collaborated with a diverse list of top artists in the Classical and Pops world, including Billy Joel, Jessye Norman, Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Midori, Lynn Harrell, John Williams, David Kim, Elmar Oliveira, Jon Nakamatsu, Andre Watts, Norman Krieger, Zuill Bailey, Bernadette Peters, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Holliday, Marvin Hamlisch, Mercedes Ellington, Lou Rawls, Doc Severinsen, Michael McDonald, Art Garfunkel, the Pointer Sisters, Ben Vereen, Kool & the Gang, and the Sounds of Blackness. The RSO & Wiley announced that David will extend his contract with the RSO through 2013.
Zuill Bailey CelloRSO principal Tubist, Brian Kiser, regularly records diverse musical projects in various Indianapolis area studios, including projects for the Hal Leonard Corporation. As an active orchestral musician, Kiser has performed with many groups including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, among many others.
Brian is featured with the Bach 'N Blues 'N Brass on their recently released CD, Dominic Spera presents: American Popular Songbook for Brass Quintet. Brian has performed over 250 times in thirty-five states with the Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band. He has frequently performed with the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh. Brian has also appeared as a guest lecturer and soloist in Japan, and has recorded a DVD with the Carmel Brass Choir with members of the Indianapolis Symphony.
Dr. Kiser is currently the Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He has also taught at Indiana State University and Millikin University. Kiser completed his Doctorate in Tuba Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2007. He also received his Masters of Music Performance degree from the University of Illinois, and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
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