2020-2021
New season

We’re calling our season “On the Horizon,”
a series of concerts starting in February 2021 built around the theme of a bright future.

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′)
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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, TBD
We Rise (80′)

Ruben Valenzuela, Conductor

Olivier Messiaen Appel Interstellaire

JS Bach Cantata #106

Messiaen L’abime des oiseaux

JS Bach Cantata #106
Arr. for voice, keyboards, percussion, small chorus

Messiaen Louange ‘a l’immortalit’e

Pauline Oliveros Turning Meditation

Ruben Valenzuela and Steven Schick will share the stage as both conductors and performers for this unique and original concert. Our two gifted conductors will create their own arrangement of Bach’s Cantata #106 and will perform side-by-side with select musicians from our ensembles. Works by Messaien and Oliveros will round out the program.

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
Shenandoah
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

       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.