CSO opens sea­son with Latin flair

Mu­sic in­cludes world pre­miere of Hed­wig work

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - STAFF RE­PORT

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.

CSO CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Ed­uardo Rios will be the guest artist tonight with the Chat­tanooga Sym­phony & Opera.

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