Hendersonville Symphony Shining With ‘Brilliance!’

Marianne Gedigian

HENDERSONVILLE — “Brilliance!” is an apt description for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s next concert in its 2017-2018 season.

Featuring classical works by Mozart and Cécile Chaminade, in addition to thrilling orchestral compositions by 20th-century American composer Aaron Copland, and contemporary composer Michael Torke, “Brilliance” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall.

A single, general admission concert ticket is only $40 for adults, $20 for adults under age 40 and $10 for students. In addition, season tickets are still available only until Oct. 20: $124 for an adult single, reserved seat for the four remaining concerts; $80 for adults under age 40 and $28 for students. These season ticket prices reflect a discount, deducting the season’s first concert in September.

According to Music Director and Conductor Thomas Joiner, “Brilliance!” began with the selection of a truly special guest artist. “Marianne Gedigian is a wonderful, world-renowned flutist. We met a few years ago when she performed at Brevard Music Center. We are really excited to present her in performance with the Symphony.”

Gedigian, Professor of Flute and the Butler Professorship in Music at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for more than 10 years, including several seasons as Acting Principal Flute under Seiji Ozawa. As Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops, Ms. Gedigian has been heard on dozens of recordings and Evening at the Pops television broadcasts, as well as the nationally broadcast Fourth of July specials.

Gedigian will be featured in two selections: Mozart’s “Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, Op. 133” and French female classical composer Cécile Chaminade’s “Concertino for Flute in D major, Op. 107.”

“The idea was to showcase the flute. We chose the Mozart composition as it is a brilliant work. We also wanted something a bit lighter, and both Marianne and I knew the Chaminade would be perfect.” Both selections offer a “good contrast and focus” on the flute.

In addition to showcasing Gedigian’s mastery of the flute, the concert’s repertoire also includes American compositions. Contemporary living composer Michael Torke’s “Javelin” opens the concert, while the master of 20th-century American composition Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo (Four Dance Episodes)” closes out the evening.

“I program as much American music as possible during a given season, from jazz to bluegrass; music from movies and Broadway, and of course classical compositions,” said Joiner.

“Javelin” was commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and was featured at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. According to Torque, “Javelin” was inspired as much by the Olympic sporting event, as it was by his father’s American Motors Corporation Javelin automobile. “Torque has written in all musical genres, and his music is played all over the world. His work is infectious and exciting, and is 21st-century classical composition at its best,” said Joiner.

Copland’s “Rodeo” ranks high in the canon of American composition. Premiered in 1942, this “cowboy ballet” was commissioned by choreographer Agnes de Mille with the express purpose of being American in subject. “The final movement, ‘Hoe-Down,’ is probably the most familiar,” said Joiner. “The first movement, ‘Buckaroo Holiday,’ is quite a challenge for the orchestra.”

For tickets, s, visit hendersonvillesyphony.org, or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.