2020-2021 Season

February 6-7, 2021
The Americans (78′)

Ruben Valenzuela and Steven Schick, Conductors

Igor Stravinsky Star Spangled Banner (3′)
Joan Tower
 Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #6 (6′)
Ruben Valenzuela, Conductor
Carlos Chavez Piano Concerto (35′)
Kyle Adam Blair, piano
William Schuman Symphony #3 (30′)
Steven Schick, Conductor

 We’ll start and end our season with the beautiful, experimental mind
of Pauline Oliveros with her Tuning Meditation, a work of extraordinary
emotional impact that will involve a communal singing by both our
audience and our performers. We’ll continue with a piece by one of
our American neighbors to the south, Carlos Chavez, as well as an often
over-looked masterwork by mid-20 Century American composer,
William Schuman.

March 13-14, 2021

Inner Voices (84′)

Steven Schick, Conductor

Leon Littlebird (arr. Max Wolpert) Meeting Place (12′)
Leon Littlebird, flutes and percussion

Anthony Vine  Nee Commission (10′)
Chinary Ung Inner Voices (20′)
Lou Harrison Last Symphony (42′)

Ken Anderson, soloist

Soloist: Leon Littlebird, flutes and percussion

The next program will reflect the work of both native and naturalized
Americans. The cornerstone works on this program will feature
first-generation Americans (Chinary Ung), an original American (Leon
Littlebird) as well as soloist Ken Anderson in Californian Lou Harrison’s
retelling of the Navajo creation story in his Last Symphony.

 April, 2021 (TBD)

Greek Orthodox Church, TBC
We Rise (80′)

Ruben Valenzuela, Conductor

Olivier Messiaen Appel Interstellaire
JS Bach Cantata #106
Messiaen L’abime des oiseaux
JS Bach Cantata #106
Messiaen Louange ‘a l’immortalit’e
Pauline Oliveros Turning Meditation

Ruben Valenzuela returns to conduct the orchestra in a performance
of a stunning work by another American friend from the north,
Stephanie Martin. Young Artist 2019 winner Pearl de la Motte will
perform Jennifer Higdon’s Grammy award winning Viola Concerto,
which has been called ‘unstoppable” and ‘splendidly crafted’.

May 1-2, 2021
Deep River Song (90′)
Ruben Valenzuela and Steven Schick, Conductors

American Folk Music Recorded by the Lomax Brothers,  arranged by Max Wolpert (75′) Jayme Stone and Folklife

Aaron Copland Billy the Kid
George Walker Lyric for Strings
Ruben Valenzuela, Conductor
That’s All Right
Troubled About my Soul
Elzic’s Farewell
Banjo Season

Max Wolpert will join us, both as composer and as the arranger of the
Lomax catalogue of traditional American song, which we’ll present with
the amazing Jayme Stone and Folklife as soloists. In this program, we’ll
sample the extraordinary richness of our musical heritage and dip into
the aspirational and life-affirming stream of America and our tradition of
folk song.

 June 5-6, 2021
A Resurrection (100′)
Steven Schick, Conductor

Gustav Mahler Symphony #2 (The Resurrection)

One of his most celebrated works during his lifetime, Mahler’s
Resurrection Symphony celebrates the composer’s lifelong views of life,
death and the afterlife. This massive work captures the full realm of
human passion within its sprawling scope.