PAST PERFORMANCES

2021 - 22

4/23/2022

"Music, Sound, and Space"

Education Program

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Strasenburgh Planetarium . Rochester, NY

Franz Joseph Haydn, Creation Overture

Edward Elgar, Cello Concerto, Mvt. 1 Adagio - Moderato

AJ LaBarca, Cello

Soon Hee Newbold, Perseus

4/21/2022

"Celestial Objects"

Imagery Provided by and in Collaboration with Strasenburgh Planetarium

WORLD PREMIERE - Jennifer Bellor, 898 Hildegard (Orchestral Version)

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Franz Joseph Haydn, Creation Overture

Edward Elgar, Cello Concerto, Mvt. 1 Adagio - Moderato

AJ LaBarca, Cello

Soon Hee Newbold, Perseus

Hans Zimmer, "No Time for Caution" from Interstellar

Donovan Snyder, Conductor

Gustav Holst, "Jupiter" from The Planets

Gustav Holst, "Mars" from The Planets

John Williams, arr. Robert Smith, Star Wars

II. The Imperial March (Darth Vadar's Theme/The Forest Battle)

I. Princess Leia's Theme

III. Star Wars Main Title

Donovan Snyder, Conductor

George Walker, Icarus in Orbit

Jennifer Bellor, 898 Hildegard

Sergei Rachmanininoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Mvt. I Moderato

Nicholas Achuthan, Piano

4/03/2022

"Anima"

Guest Conductor

Geneseo Symphony Orchestra

Wadsworth Auditorium . SUNY Geneseo, NY

Florence Price, Concert Overture No. 2

3/20/2022

"Arise"

In Support of ROC Maidan and the People of Ukraine

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

University of Rochester Chamber Singers and Concert Choir

Eastman Kodak Hall, Eastman School of Music . Rochester, NY

Myroslav Skoryk, Melody for Orchestra

Johannes Brahms, Tragic Overture

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection", Mvt. V Im Tempo des Scherzos

Alexandra Rose Hotz, Soprano

Krysten Chambers Jones, Mezzo-Soprano

12/11/2021

"The Spirit of Southwest Michigan"

In Collaboration with Studio Dance Theatre

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Southwest Michigan Symphony Chorus

The Mendel Center Mainstage at LMC . Benton Harbor, MI

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, arr. Sydney Baynes, Christmas Overture

Felix Barnard, arr. Calvin Custer, Winter Wonderland

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, arr. Bob Krogstead, Music from Frozen

Jule Styne, arr. Bo Ayars, Let It Snow

Richard Rogers, arr. Bo Ayars, My Favorite Things

Lowry/Green/Shrader, arr. Don Hartt, Mary Did You Know

Arr. Bo Ayars, We Need a Little Christmas

Jenna Mammina, Vocalist

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Selections from The Nutcracker Suite

Trepak

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Waltz of the Flowers

Studio Dance Theatre

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, "Polonaise" from the Christmas Eve Suite

Bill Holcombe, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Dr. Andraé Townsel, Narrator

Paul Carey, Christmas Bells

John Rutter, Candlelight Carol

Giuseppe Verdi, Va, Pensiero from Nabucco

Paul Carey, Unending Flame

John Finnegan, Christmas Singalong

12/03/2021

"A Mid-Autumn Night's Escape: A D&D Adventure with Mendelssohn"

In Collaboration with Just Games

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Louise Farrenc, Overture No. 1

Felix Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture and Selections from Incidental Music

Overture

No. 1 - Scherzo

No. 2 - Elfen-Marsch

No. 5 - Intermezzo

No. 6 - Melodram (Excerpt)

No. 7 - Notturno

No. 9 - Hochzeitmarsch

No. 10 - Melodram and Marcia funebre

No. 11 - Ein Tanz von Rüpeln

Overture (Reprise)

Script, William Shakespeare, adapted by Graham Richards, Rachel Waddell, and Kent Fairman Wilson

Stage Direction, Eric Louglin and Rachel Waddell

Set Design, Kent Fairman Wilson

Costuming, Kent Fairman Wilson, Ross Tesch, and Kelly Ide

Lighting and Tech, Matthew Reese, Jimmy Warlick, and ECM

Cast

Dungeon Master, Eric Loughlin

Oberon, Kent Fairman Wilson

Puck, Nicholas Hinks

Titania, Shawna Lynn Susice

Peaseblossom, Joss Hinks

Hermia, Ella Powers

Helena, Kelly Ide

Lysander, Joe Montondo

Demetrius, Ross Tesch

Bottom, Jonathan Giordano

Quince, William Powell

Snout, Graham Richards

12/03/2021

"Rooted"

Guest Speaker, Julius C. Dicks

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Florence Price, Concert Overture No. 2

Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 8

I. Allegro con brio

II. Adagio

III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

10/02/2021

"Meliora"

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Felix Mendelssohn, The Hebrides

Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 4 in d minor (1851)

I. Andante con moto - Allegro di molto

II. Romanza: Andante

III. Scherzo: Presto

IV. Largo - Finale: Allegro vivace

Dai Wei, The Dancing Moonlight

Camille Saint-Saëns, "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah

Arturo Márquez, Danzón No. 2

 

2020 - 21

7/24/2022

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"

In Collaboration with Paul Mow, Ghostlight Theatre, and Citadel Dance Company

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

The Mendel Center Mainstage at LMC . Benton Harbor, MI

Felix Mendelssohn, Overture and Incidental Music

No. 1 Scherzo (Excerpt)

No. 2, Melodrama

A March of the Fairies (Excerpt)

No. 3, Song with Chorus, "You Spotted Snakes"

No. 5, Intermezzo

No. 6, Melodrama (Excerpt)

No. 7, Nocturne

No. 9, Wedding March (Excerpt)

No. 10, Melodrama (Excerpt)

No. 11, Dance of the Clowns

No. 13, Finale, "Through the house give glimmering light."

Spring 2021

"Awakening, A Spring 2021 Digital Performance"

In Collaboration with Missy Pfohl-Smith and the University of Rochester Program of Dance and Movement

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

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Winter 2021

"University of Rochester Orchestras Virtual Gala and Fundraiser"

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

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12/2021

"Reimagining Beethoven: Beethoven's Choral Fantasy"

Collaboration with Oberlin Conservatory, Orchestra of Arts and Sciences, and Tiffany Chang, Conductor

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

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2019 - 20

2/28/2020

"The Unanswered Question"

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question

Emanuel Cohen, Conductor

Richard Strauss, Also sprach Zarathustra

I. Introduction, Sunrise

II. Of the Backworldsmen

III. Of the Great Longing

IV. Of Joys and Oassions

V. The Song of the Grave

VI. Of Science and Learning

VII. The Convalescent

VIII. The Dance Song

IX. Song of the Night Wanderer

2/22/2020

"Happy Birthday, Beethoven"

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Rick Robinson, Pork n' Beans

John Field, Piano Concerto No. 2 in Ab Major, I. Allegro moderato

Linzan Ye, Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A Major

I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace

II. Allegretto

III. Presto - Assai meno presto

IV. Allegro con brio

1/15/2020

"Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Conductors Guild International Conductor Workshop Concert"

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Center . Fort Wayne, IN

Johannes Brahms, Tragic Overture

12/06/2019

"150 Years of Baseball"

WORLD PREMIERES of Keane Southard's The Live Oak Polka and Here Come the Red Wings

In collaboration with the Rochester Red Wings, Rochester Baseball Historical Society, Roberto Clemente School No. 8, and the University of Rochester Baseball Team

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

University of Rochester Concert Choir

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

The National Anthem

Led by the Roberto Clemente School No. 8 Choir

J.R. Blodgett,Baseball Polka

Tilzer, arr. Rosenhaus, Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Mittsy (Red Wings Mascot), Conductor

Beethoven, arr. Shickele, Symphony No. 5 Podcast: New Horizons in Music Appreciation

Grant Anderson and Megan Carter, Narrators

Robert Kapilow, Play Ball! Casey at the Bat

Berlin, arr. Hansen, God Bless America

Robert Levy, Clemente: Tribute to a Baseball Hero

Grant Anderson, Narrator

Roberto Clemente School No. 8 Choir

James Horner, Suite from The Field of Dreams

Photochoreography by the Rochester Baseball Historical Society

Kalbfleish, arr. Southard, The Live Oak Polka

Costello, arr. Southard, Here Come the Red Wings

11/23/2019

"Suite Imagination"

In collaboration with the University of Rochester Jazz Ensemble - Bill Tiberio, Director

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Igor Stravinsky, L'ouiseau de feu (1919)

Introduction

L'oiseau de feu et sa danse

Variation de l'oiseau de feu

Ronde des princesses

Danse infernale du roi Katschei

Berceuse

Final

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite

alternating movements with

Duke Ellington, The Nutcracker Suite

I. Overture miniature

Overture, arr. Billy Strayhorn

II. March

Peanut Brittle Brigade, arr. Duke Ellington

III. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Sugar Rum Cherry, arr. Billy Strayhorn

IV. Trepak

V. Arabian Dance

VI. Chinese Dance

VII. Dance of the Merlitons

Toot Toot Tootie Toot, arr. Billy Strayhorn

VIII. Waltz of the Flowers

Dance of the Floreadores, arr. Tom Davis

10 -11/2019

The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Conductors

Dallas Opera

Various . Dallas, TX

10/14/2019

"Meliora"

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 104 in D Major

I. Adagio - Allegro

II. Andante

III. Menuetto

IV. Finale

Gioachino Rossini, Overture to La gazza ladra

Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Symphony No. 1, "La nuit des tropiques"

I. Andante

II. Allegro moderato

2018 - 19

 

4/27/2019

"Pines"

EAST COAST AND NEW YORK STATE PREMIERES of Arno Babajanian's Heroic Ballad

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

William Grant Still, Darker America

Arno Babajanian, Heroic Ballade

Anthony Gurunian, Piano

Ottorini Respighi, Pines of Rome

I. Pines of the Villa Borghese

II. The Pines Near a Catacomb

III. The Pines of the Janiculum

IV. The Pines of the Appian Way

4/13/2019

"Benefit Concert for Two Saints Church"

In Collaboration with The Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Two Saints Church . Rochester, NY

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Overture to "The Song of Hiawatha"

Domenico Cimarosa, Concerto for 2 Flutes in G Major, I. Allegro

Valerie Montague and Emily Loose, Flutes

Camille Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3 in c minor, "Organ", II. Allegretto moderato - Maestoso

Naomi Gregory, Organ

3/02/2019

"Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky"

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Jean Sibelius, Valse Triste

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, I. Moderato

Tianyi Yang, Piano

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 in e minor

I. Andante - Allegro con anima

II. Andante cantabile con alcuna licenza

III. Valse, Allegro moderato

IV. Finale, Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace

2/23/2019

"Unclassical Classics"

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1, "Classical", I. Allegro

Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Theme. Chorale St. Antoni

Variation I. Poco piu animato

Variation II. Piu vivace

Variation III. Con moto

Variation IV. Andante con moto

Variation V. Vivace

Variation VI. Vivace

Variation VII. Grazioso

Variation VIII. Presto non troppo

Finale. Andante

 

Cesar Franck, Symphonic Variations

Alan Kuo, Piano

12/08/2018

"Stories Untold"

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

University of Rochester Concert Choir

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Fernande Decruck, Suite Romane

Franz Schubert, Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante con moto

Ola Gjeilo, Sunrise Mass

I. The Spheres

II. Sunrise

III. The City

IV. Identity and the Ground

12/01/2018

"A Bernstein Centennial Celebration"

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

University of Rochester Chamber Singers

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

An All-Leonard Bernstein Program

Candide Overture

"Lucky to Be Me" from On the Town

Gavin Baker, Voice

"A Simple Song" from Mass

Jonathan Rhodes, Celebrant

Chichester Psalms

Psalms 131 & 133

"Take Care of this House" from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Meagan Graves, Abigail Adams

Addie York, Little Lud

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Prologue

Somewhere

Scherzo

Mambo

Cha-Cha

Meeting Scene

Cool Fugue

Rumble

Finale

"Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide

Nick Saxton, Candide

Kelly Whitesell, Cunegonde

Alexis Peart, Paquette/Old Lady

Jonathan Rhodes, Governor/Maximilian

Sam Morton, Pangloss

10/05/2018

"Meliora"

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concerto

I. _______

II. Adagio

III. Allegro

Andrew Cashner, Harpsichord

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Overture to Magic Flute

Antonín Dvořák, Czech Suite

I. Praeludium (Pastorale)

II. Polka

III. Sousedska (Minutto)

IV. Romance

V. Finale

Franz Liszt, Les Preludes

2017 - 18

4/28/2018

"An Academic Festival"

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Johannes Brahms, Academic Festival Overture

Alexander Arutiunian, Trumpet Concerto

Andante

Allegro energico

Meno mosso

Cadenza

Coda

Jeffrey Pinsker-Smith, Trumpet

Howard Hanson, Symphony No. 2, "Romantic"

I. Adagio-Allegro moderato

II. Andante con tenerezza

III. Allegro con brio

4/20/2018

"In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Claude Debussy's Death"

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

University of Rochester Chamber Singers

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Claude Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faun

Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Poem for Flute and Orchestra

Talia Chen, Flute

Johannes Brahms, Liebeslieder Walzer

No. 10, O wie sanft die Quelle

No. 8, Wenn so lind dein Auge mir

No. 11, Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen

Gabriel Fauré, Requiem

I. Introit et Kyrie

II. Offertory

III. Sanctus

IV. Pie Jesu

V. Agnus Dei

VI. Libera me

VII. In Paradisum

3/03/2018

"Within the Quota"

In Collaboration with Missy Pfohl-Smith and the University of Rochester Program of Dance and Music

With thanks to the Dansmuseet in Stockholm, Sweden who graciously loaned us the score and parts for Within the Quota for this evening's performance.

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Cole Porter, Within the Quota

I. Opening

II. Heiress

III. Heiress Reformer

IV. Colored Gentleman

V. Colored Gentleman Reformer

VI. Jazz Baby

VII. Jazz Baby Reformer

VIII. Cowby

IX. Sweetheart of the World

X. Finale

Dancers from the University of Rochester Program of Dance and Movement

Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 in e minor, "New World"

I. Adagio - Allegro molto

II. Largo

II. Scherzo: Molto vivace

IV. Allegro con fuoco

2/24/2018

"Bruch and Beethoven"

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Max Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, I. Vorspiel, Allegro moderato

Ben Srajer, Violin

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Major

I. Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside

II. Scene by the brook

III. Marry gathering of country folk

IV. Thunder. Storm.

V. Shepherd's Song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm.

1/28/2018

"Peter and the Wolf"

Education Program

In Collaboration with Heather Roffe and the Nazareth College Dance Ensemble

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Hochstein Performance Hall . Rochester, NY

Daniel Dorff, The Tortoise and the Hare

Steven Stull, Narrator

Gail Kubik, Gerald McBoing Boing

Steven Stull, Narrator

Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf

Steven Stull, Narrator

Dancers from the Nazareth College Dance Ensemble

12/09/2017

"In Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation"

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont Overture

Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5 in D minor/D Major, "Reformation"

I. Andante - Allegro con fuoco

II. Allegro vivace

III. Andante

IV. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace - Allegro maestoso

12/02/2017

"In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution"

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Sergei Prokofiev, Overture on Jewish Themes

Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov, Scheherazade

I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship

II. The Story of the Prince-Kalandar

III. The Young Prince and Princess

IV. Festival in Baghdad. The Sea. The Ship Breaks Up Against a Cliff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman. Conclusion.

Reuben Epstein, Concertmaster

10/14/2017

"Meliora, Part 2"

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Georges Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1

I. Preude

II. Aragonaise

III. Intermezzo

Iv. Seguedille

V. Les Dragons d' Alcala

VI. Les Toreadors

Georges Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 2

II. Habanera

IV. Chanson du Toreador

VI. Danse Boheme

Arturo Márquez, Danzón No. 2

12/02/2017

"Meliora, Part 1"

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Upper Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

Edvard Grieg, Holberg Suite

I. Praeludium

II. Sarabande

III. Gavotte - Musette

IV. Air

V. Rigaudon

Niels Gade, Symphony No. 4 in Bb Major

I. Andantino - Allegro vivace e grazioso

II. Andante con moto

III. Scherzo. Allegro, ma non troppo e tranquillamente.

IV. Finale. Allegro molto vivace.