(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) – The Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 55th season contines at the Bardavon on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 8pm, with a concert entitled “Brubeck’s America,” featuring Dave Brubeck’s final symphony performed with over 100 projected images of America’s natural beauty from the Ansel Adams Trust, plus the 2014 HVP String Competition winner in a Dvorak work and Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”
Ansel Adams: America, composed by Chris and Dave Brubeck, is a symphonic tribute saluting one of America’s most cherished artists. The 22-minute, one-movement piece fully integrates sweeping melodies with 102 striking images of or by Ansel Adams. Few people realize that Ansel Adams was trained to be a classical musician, a fact which greatly influenced his work. This piece has consistently played to full houses and has succeeded in its mission to bring new and larger audiences to orchestra concerts. This is the first time that permission has been given by the Ansel Adams Trust to allow his masterful American photographs to be used in a concert setting.
Dave Brubeck, a recipient of 2009 Kennedy Center Honors, was designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in 1920, he was one of the most active and popular musicians in the world. In a career spanning more than six decades, his introduction of odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, and distinctive harmonies have made him one of the defining voices of jazz.
Chris Brubeck continues to distinguish himself as an innovative performer and composer. During the 1970s he began touring and recording with his father, Dave Brubeck. Chris plays bass, trombone, piano, guitar and sings and has earned international acclaim as composer, performer and leader of his own groups. On stage, his irrepressible enthusiasm is matched by his fluid command of jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop and classical musical styles. An award-winning composer, he is clearly tuned into the pulse of contemporary music.
Ticket-holders are invited to a pre-concert talk with Conductor Randall Craig Fleischer one hour before curtain. The full program includes:
Brubeck: Ansel Adams: America with over 100 projected images from the Ansel Adams Trust. Ansel Adams: America was written by Dave and his son, Chris Brubeck.
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Dvorák: Concerto for Cello in B minor, op.104 with Su Jin Lee, Winner of the 2014 HVP String Competition
Su Jin Lee was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States when she was one year old. The 22-year old cellist SuJin Lee began her music studies at age five. Since her solo orchestra debut at age seven in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, she has performed extensively in the United States and Europe at world-renowned venues. Raised in Boston, she studied with Laura Blustein and Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School. She received her B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate cello studies at the Juilliard School with Timothy Eddy, with one semester at the Paris Conservatoire with Philippe Muller. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser.
Tickets for Brubeck’s America range in price from $32 to $54. Student Rush tickets will be available one hour prior to the concert for $20 subject to availability. Tickets can be purchased at:
Bardavon Box Office UPAC Box Office
35 Market Street 601 Broadway
Poughkeepsie, NY Kingston, NY
or through TicketMaster at 800.745.3000