2013/14 Season Information

Classics Series

Latin Fire

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 8:00 PM
Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto

David Lockington, conductor
Featuring the Axiom Brass Quintet


Copland · Danzón Cubano* Selection from Copland's Danzon Cubano
Egea · Fantasia Flamenca*
Velasco · Asturian Suite in 3 movements*
· Symphony No. 2, “Sinfonia India”* Selection from Chavez's Symphony No. 2 "Sinfonia India"
Penaforte · Concertice for Brass Quintet & Orchestra (2013) - WORLD PREMIERE

* Denotes premiere for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate the start of our 83rd season with Music Director David Lockington and the award winning Axiom Brass Quintet in a concert you won’t soon forget! Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences across the world. Enjoy a spectacular evening with a world premiere by Brazillian-American composer, Raimundo Penaforte. This new composition has been created especially for Axiom Brass and your Modesto Symphony.

About Concertice for Brass Quintet & Orchestra 

By Raimundo Penaforte

“Concertice” (Pronounced con.serh.tea.see) is a Portuguese(ish) word of my own creation. The closest definition I can come up with in English would be; 'The process of composing music for solo instrument(s) and orchestra'. Though elements of the traditional concerto form have been incorporated into the work, its overall structural development is instinctive and follows its own agenda. I. Therezinha is based on the Brazilian children's song Terezinha de Jesus (Little Teresa of Jesus). This piece includes brief montunos (a.k.a. ostinato, riff, or vamp) in which individual players–in this case within the brass quintet–share solos while the orchestra maintains an ostinato accompaniment. II. Elegia was originally composed for flügelhorn and piano. Several transcriptions later–due to performers' requests over the years–here is the latest incarnation. III. Remembering Astor: In November of 1989, I attended the premiere of Piazzolla's Five Tango Sensations performed by Astor Piazzolla and the Kronos Quartet in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. After the concert, I went backstage to meet the performers but did not see Mr. Piazzolla. As I was leaving the building I noticed him standing by the exit doors. I said hello, and he gave me his undivided attention during our chat as well as a Latino hug before going our separate ways. In 1990 he fell ill, and in 1992, he passed away. Years later, I interviewed Horacio Ferrer–Librettist for Maria de Buenos Aires and a long time friend of Piazzolla's–for a music website. We spoke about the composer, their collaboration, and the opera. Time stood still as we reminisced; remembering Astor. Remembering Astor is a new take on Piazzolla's Escualo as well as un homenaje al maestro argentino. It mixes the baião rhythm from Northeast Brazil with a pinch of Ravel's swing. 

Concertice was commissioned by and dedicated to Axiom Brass.

 ©2013/Notes by the composer.

 Symphony No.2, “Sinfonia India” – Carlos Chavez
Featuring the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México

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