This year, our theme is Transcultural Musical Encounters. It highlights cultural exchange, representations of vernacular and popular traditions within orchestral music, and includes both canonical repertoire and a few off-the-beaten-path works.
Take, for example:
A 19th-century Czech composer incorporating Native American songs and African American spirituals in orchestral music fundamentally grounded in the Austro-Germanic symphonic tradition.
A contemporary Mexican composer creating a symphonic showpiece using a popular dance that originated in Cuba.
A 20th-century Soviet composer satirizing Western Weimar-era culture in a ballet about a Russian football team’s trip to Europe.
A contemporary Danish violinist combining fiddle traditions, American jazz, improvisation, and symphonic structure in his concerto for jazz violin and orchestra.
A 20th-century American composer going to Paris to write a tone poem, but being unable to shake the sounds of Tin Pan Alley.
October 11 (shared with Wind Ensemble)
Márquez Danzón no. 2
Shostakovich Golden Age Suite
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Wagner "Prelude und Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde
Dvorak Symphony no. 9 "From the New World"
February 22 (shared with Jazz Ensemble)
Mads Tolling Begejstring (with Mads Tolling, Grammy Award-Winning jazz violin soloist)
Gershwin An American in Paris
May 8 (shared with the Wind Ensemble)
Pops on the Lawn