My Weaving Olden Dances: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra will be given its North Carolina Premiere performance by the Western Piedmont Symphony, John Gordon Ross, Music Director and Conductor, on Saturday, April 9 – 8 PM at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Avenue NE in Hickory, North Carolina. Other works on this Masterworks V program will be Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, with soloist Stefani Collins and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
Weaving Olden Dances was commissioned by a consortium consisting of the Westchester Chamber Orchestra (NY), Barry Charles Hoffman, Director, Western Piedmont Symphony (NC), John Gordon Ross, Director, San José Chamber Orchestra (CA), Barbara Day Turner, Director and Appalachian State University Orchestra (NC), James Allen Anderson, Director. The four-movement version was premiered in May 2008 by Barry Hoffman and the Westchester Chamber Orchestra at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Much more about the piece, including sample pages of the score, at http://charlesgriffin.net/archives/204.
Tickets for the April 9 concert are $15, $30 and $40, and can be ordered online here. For more information, call the Symphony 828-324-8603.
Conductor Barbara Day Turner of the San José Chamber Orchestra will lead the Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt through two performances of two movements from my Weaving Olden Dances: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra on October 16 at 7:30 PM at the Meininger Hof in Saalfeld and October 17 at 7:30 PM at the Großes Haus in Rudolstadt, Germany.
Also on the program is Walter Leigh’s Concertino for Harpsichord and String Orchestra, Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.
»Weaving Olden Dances« schuf Charles B. Griffin einen überraschenden Mix aus Rhythmen und Formstilen unterschiedlichster Epochen und Kulturen – vom Mittelalter bis in die heutige Zeit. Inspiriert von Johann Sebastian Bach, fand der New Yorker in der Barocksuite die geeignete Form, um Musikstile der ganzen Welt zu verbinden. Der zweite und der vierte Satz dieser Suite werden zum ersten Mal in Europa in diesem Sinfoniekonzert unter der Leitung von Barbara Day Turner zu hören sein.
The San José Chamber Orchestra’s Season Opening Concerts will feature pianist Jon Nakamatsu playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21 in C major, and the West Coast premiere of my Weaving Olden Dances: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra.
These performances, led by conductor Barbara Day Turner, are part of a series of performances by various American chamber orchestras who co-commissioned the piece. The concerts will take place at Le Petit Trianon Theater (72 N. 5th Street) in downtown San José, California on Saturday August 29, at 8PM and Sunday August 30, at 7PM.
Ticket prices are $30-$45 ($10 students) and can be ordered on line at: www.sjcotickets.org