Season Performances Announced

by Press Release | Apr 5, 2004
Season Performances Announced The Haddonfield Symphony and Music Director Rossen Milanov, enjoying a year of artistic and critical success receiving a Citation of Excellence and the designation as a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, proudly announce the 2004-2005 concert season. The Symphony’s artistic and educational programs continue to grow throughout the region, and to answer this demand The Symphony is expanding its upcoming season.

During the 2004-2005 Season, The Symphony will continue its successful partnership with Astral Artistic Services of Philadelphia, featuring many of its award-winning soloists as guest artists during The Symphony’s season and performing on Astral Artistic’s Concert Series in Philadelphia on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 7:30 PM. This concert showcases Astral Artists collaborating with The Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra, including harpist Bridget Kibbey performing Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane; pianist Spencer Myer in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2; and violinist Christina Castelli, oboist Katherine Needleman, cellist Min-Ji Kim, and guest artist bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa in Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Oboe, Cello, and Bassoon. The Symphony opens the concert with Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3. This performance is both a featured concert on the Astral Season and part of The Symphony’s 2004 – 2005 season ticket packages.

The Haddonfield Symphony opens its New Jersey season on Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 8 PM featuring Astral pianist Natalie Zhu, a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, in a performance of Mozart’s technically demanding Piano Concerto No. 21. The concert begins with Christopher Theofanidis’ 2003 Masterprize Competition winning compostion, Rainbow Body. The piece is based on "Ave Maria, Oautrix vite" (Hail Mary, source of life), a chant written by 12th century composer Hildegard von Bingen, and showcases all of the instrument families of the orchestra in different colors and weaves them together for an exhilarating climax. He has won numerous awards including the Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and six ASCAP Morton Gould Prizes. An audience requested favorite, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, concludes this Opening Night performance.

This holiday season, The Symphony presents Music, Merriment & Mistletoe! a holiday concert for the whole family on Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 3PM. This festive event calls for a special guest, so The Symphony is delighted to welcome back Grammy-nominated, pop/folk recording star Lisa Loeb. Loeb last appeared in the Philadelphia region in April 2003 with The Haddonfield Symphony in a family performance that featured Ms. Loeb’s music and the sound of The Symphony. Ms. Loeb is also the star of a successful program on Food Network TV, Dweezil and Lisa, that she hosts with husband, Dweezil Zappa. This family-oriented holiday program will feature holiday orchestral works, Christmas carols, and an audience sing-along for a fun-filled afternoon of music. Assistant Conductor Benjamin Loeb leads the orchestra for this performance.

The winter season continues on Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 8 PM with the perfect concert to treat your sweetie for Valentine’s Day! Get a jump on the holiday with an all-Tchaikovsky concert that includes the happily romantic symphonic fantasy The Tempest and the piece considered “the sin of his sweet youth” Symphony No. 1, “ Winter Daydreams”. Also on the program are three of Tchaikovsky’s Romances, performed with orchestra by Mezzo-Soprano Mariana Karpatova-Penev. Ms. Karpatova-Penev is a recent winner of the prestigious Sullivan Foundation award and the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition. She has appeared with numerous opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and the Bulgarian National Opera.

The Symphony ushers in Spring with the return of alumni oboist, and Astral artist, Katherine Needleman on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 8 PM. Ms. Needleman, currently the Principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, participated in the Haddonfield Symphony’s Professional Development program, serving as The Symphony’s Co-principal oboe during the 2000-2001 Season. She joins The Symphony in a performance of Martinu’s rhapsodic and demanding Concerto for Oboe, one of the best-known works in the oboe repertoire. A composer of Czech descent, Martinu wrote the piece in 1955 while in Nice, France. Inspired by his environment, the work has a Mediterranean feel in the first movement, as well as an unmistakable jazz element, a genre for which he had a certain affinity, in the final movement. The Symphony rounds out the program with Bizet’s entrancing L’Arlesienne, Suite No. 1 and Debussy’s Ibéria, as well as the selected winner from the 2005 Young Composers’ Competition.

The Season Finale on April 16, 2005 at 8 PM is, fittingly, a blockbuster. It showcases the talents of international award-winning Astral cellist Clancy Newman in a performance of Bloch’s Schelomo. Mr. Newman has been heard in broadcasts on NPR and has won many competitions across the globe, including First Prize in the 2001 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition. The concert opens with the most popular work of German composer Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Originally conceived as a ballet, but later written solely for orchestra, the work is based on four pieces by von Weber and colored with Hindemith’s own musical flair. The Symphony concludes the program and season with Strauss’ most famous tone poem, Also sprach Zarathustra. This orchestral warhorse loosely based on Friedrich Nietzsche, in Strauss’ own words, is meant to “convey by means of music an idea of the human race from its origin, through the various phases of its development, religious and scientific, up to Nietzsche’s idea of the superman.” Thus, it is fitting that it was made popular being chosen as the accompanying music for the opening sequences of the movie 2001 – A Space Odyssey.

The Symphony is looking forward to a full season with an array of special events – Home of the Brave presented in conjunction with the Pennsauken Alliance for the Performing Arts in a September 11th memorial concert, our annual Concert for Teens on March 11, 2005, and our annual Concerts for Young People on May 6, 2005, just to name a few.

Season tickets are currently available for renewal and range in price from $75 - $222. Season tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 3, 2004. For more information on The Haddonfield Symphony – 856.429.1880 or www.haddonfield-symphony.org. This program made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Subaru of America and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Haddonfield Symphony is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA).

Haddonfield Symphony concerts are wheelchair accessible performances. Large print programs are available at all season concerts; newsletters and brochures are available in large print upon request. Assistive Listening Devices are available at select venues. Please ask for information.

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