CSO opens season with Latin flair
Music includes world premiere of Hedwig work
The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will open its 2018- 19 season tonight in the Tivoli Theatre with a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The CSO brings Latin flair to the stage with a program of Latin pieces, conducted by Kayoko Dan.
Especially noteworthy will be the world premiere of “Fanfare Alegre: Dia de la Fiesta,” (Joyful Fanfare: Day of the Festival), commissioned by the CSO of local composer Douglas Hedwig.
“Fanfare Alegre: Dia de la Fiesta” evokes the experience of a festival day in the life of a Latino/ Hispanic community, according to a CSO release. More of an overture than traditional fanfare, the piece draws upon the rich, colorful sounds of the full symphony for this brief tone poem.
Hedwig is a trumpet player who played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 27 years, is heard on more than 40 major albums ranging from chamber music to the Grammy Award-winning recording of Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” with the Houston Grand Opera.
He has served as a faculty member of Juilliard School and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, commander of the 89th Army Band, New York Guard, and is a nationally known composer. He and wife Mimi moved to Chattanooga five years ago.
Eduardo Rios will be the guest violinist with the CSO for Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”
“The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” is a quartet of tango compositions that were originally conceived and t reated as different compositions rather t han one suite, although Piazzolla did perform them together from time to time.
Rios, 21, is a native of Lima, Peru, who has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra concertmaster. Since making his solo debut at age 14 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, he has traveled the globe performing. He is an artist diploma candidate at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
Also on the program will be George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and “La Noche de los Mayas” by Silvestre Revueltas.
Eduardo Rios will be the guest artist tonight with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.