Sac Philharmonic music director promises outstanding season
SACRAMENTO — After a cliff-hanging spring, the Sacramento Philharmonic successfully reached its phase one $150,000 fundraising goal and has raised 30 percent of its phase two $150,000 goal.
Encouraged by these promising signs, the board of directors authorized moving forward with a 2012-13 season.
“We know the struggle is not over,” said board fundraising chair Sandy Smoley, ”but we believe this community values a professional orchestra and we will continue our efforts toward a sustainable future.”
Optimism inspires Maestro Morgan
Music Director Michael Morgan has been “waiting in the wings” to unveil a season that includes many of his signature choices. Maestro Morgan explained, “The 16th season features familiar, timeless composers who have become a part of all of our lives: Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart and Ravel. And it also features an unusual array of works by living composers, Jimmy Lopez, Daniel Binelli, Miguel del Aguila, Conrad Tao, and others — several of whom will be present for the concerts to provide insight into their working process.”
“The philharmonic has had a lot of success finding works from our time that speak to our audience and we will continue to feature those,” he added. “Our concert of Latino composers will be a rhythmically charged celebration of our region’s spirit.”
Outstanding guest artists
Morgan, a conductor widely regarded as a supporter of emerging composers and a champion of virtuoso performers, is considered “in touch” with the national and international classical music scene. He enthusiastically said, “The soloists next season are particularly outstanding, from the dazzling young pianist Conrad Tao to the renowned performing and recording artist, violinist Rachel Barton Pine.”
Polly Ferman, piano
One of the leading interpreters of the music of the Americas, New York-based pianist Polly Ferman began her musical studies at the age of 3 in her native Uruguay, giving her first recital at 7 and winning the Jeunesses Musicales Competition at the age of 9. Her collaborations include duo performances with guitarist Eduardo Isaac and bandoneonist Daniel Binelli, and performances as guest artist in Binelli’s quintet, Tango Metropolis.
JP Jofre, bandoneon
Juan Pablo Jofre is highly regarded as one of the true young masters of the bandoneon. He captivated audiences at the recent Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico, where he played alongside such stars as Paquito D’Rivera. Critics have also noted Mr Jofre’s exquisite abilities as a player of the bandoneón – tango’s quintessential instrument.
Conrad Tao, piano
Hailed by renowned music critic Harris Goldsmith as “the most exciting prodigy to ever come my way” (Musical America), 17-year-old Chinese-American pianist Conrad Tao was found playing children’s songs on the piano at 18 months of age. Born in Urbana, Ill., he gave his first piano recital at age 4, and at age 8 he made his concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414. Conrad is currently a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years to single out the most promising of the new generation of U.S. pianists. In December 2011 he was the only classical musician to make Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list highlighting the “youngest stars in the music business.”
As an accomplished composer, Conrad is an eight-time consecutive winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. On May 22 Tao received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant Award, designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented musicians who have great potential for major careers.
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has broken through every possible stereotype people may have of a modern classical musician. She has even opened at the House of Blues for Slash (from Guns N’ Roses) and Sammy Hagar, performed with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (from Led Zeppelin). Numerous photos on her MySpace page show her hanging backstage with many of her favorite rock heroes.
While Rachel is very serious about continuing to share her talents and love for all types of music with wide audiences, she also approaches every task, simple or complex, with a great sense of spirit and fun. “I totally love performing and the crazy lifestyle that goes with it, where I can finish a concert and then go to a local club and hear jazz, rock or Celtic music,” she said.
2012-13 program highlights
All concerts for the season will be held at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Evening concerts feature an earlier start time at 7:30 pm.
• Sept. 29, 2012, 2 p.m.: ¡Viva la música! — A tribute to great Latino composers from several cultures.
• Oct. 13,2012, 7:30 p.m.: Prodigies — Beethoven and Beyond! featuring Piano Concerto No. 1, Conrad Tao-piano; Haydn-Symphony No. 103
• Jan. 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.: The Astonishing Rachel Barton Pine featuring Sibelius-Violin Concerto in D Minor; Brahms-Symphony No. 4
• April 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.: Mozart and More — Coronation Mass with Sacramento Opera Chorus; Ravel-Mother Goose Suite
• The popular Family Concert will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. The Heroes! themed concert will feature special low prices of $13 for adults and $8 for children.
Season ticket buyers from the 2011-12 season will receive renewal packages in the mail. They will have until July 16 to renew with discounts and special benefits applying. On July 17 discounted season ticket packages will be available for new buyers at sacphil.org or by calling (916) 732-9045. On Aug. 3 single tickets will go on sale for each concert. Single ticket purchasers should call the Community Center Theater box office at (916) 808-5181.
Support the new season
Contributions can be made securely on the Philharmonic website at sacphil.org or sent to the Sacramento Philharmonic, 2617 K St., Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95816 and are tax-deductible as provided by law. The Philharmonic is a Nonprofit Public Benefit 501 (c) 3 organization, EIN No. 91-1841406.