The UMBC Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of E. Michael Richards.
Featuring faculty soloists Airi Yoshioka and Kazuko Tanosaki, as well as celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Amy Beach, this program includes music from a variety of cultures — Japan, England, France, Mexico and the United States — that represents the remarkable diversity of art-music in the orchestral repertoire of the 21st century. This music from various corners of the world will be balanced with the final movement of a symphony by Gustav Mahler that he described as “embracing everything….it is what the universe tells me. This isn’t music anymore, but rather the mystical, immense sound of nature.” The title of the final movement (What Love Tells Me), Mahler points out, was a reference to spirituality on the highest level. He writes in the score: “Father, behold my wounds, do not let any creature be lost” — the first lines of text of the quoted chorale from which all of the music in this Adagio emanates.
The program will feature:
Pieces for Prepared Piano and Strings (1957) — Toshiro Mayuzumi (1929–1997) — Kazuko Tanosaki, piano
Romance, Op. 23 for Violin, Harp, and String Orchestra (1893) (orchestrated by Chris A. Trotman, 2014) — Amy Beach (1867–1944) — Airi Yoshioka, violin
Mother Goose Suite (1908–10) — Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Danzon No. 2 (1994) — Arturo Marquez (b. 1950)
Finale: Slow, Serene, Deeply Felt (“What Love Tells Me”) from Symphony No. 3 in D Minor (1895–6) — Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Admission is free but a ticket required for entry — ticket reservation information will be announced, and tickets will be held at will call. Please note that additional day-of-performance tickets will be available at the door only as space permits.