Featuring the sublime musical work The Lark Ascending
by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, written at the beginning of World War I and representing an alternate, dream-like and peaceful world. This work will present the dynamic APO Concertmaster, Er-Gene Kahng, as soloist. The program also presents the iconic Appalachian Spring
by American composer Aaron Copland, commissioned by the great Martha Graham for the historic Library of Congress series.
Clara Schumann & Johannes Brahms:
Continuing from the strong success of last season's Symphonie Fantastique
, this collaboration with the U of A Department of Theatre with present the premiere of a new drama about the relationship of Clara Schumann, wife of Romantic German composer Robert Schumann, and the mighty Johannes Brahms, the appointed successor to Beethoven, who considered Robert Schumann to be a mentor. These performances will be presented at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in February 2021.
Additionally, the APO shift from primarily presenting standard, large symphonic performances to many smaller programs has allowed the ensemble to connect with a greater part of the community. These new intimate performances with progressive content in non-traditional performance spaces have engaged an exciting creativity in programming and partnerships that reflects a new 21st-century model that is usually found only in large metropolitan centers in the U.S.