Maestro Michael Adelson conducts the Purchase Symphony Orchestra
on Friday, November 19 in Mozart’s Symphony no.41 in C “Jupiter” and Stravinsky’s Petrushka (revised 1947 version) at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 8 PM. For tickets call 914-251-6200 or visit www.artscenter.org Tickets $22.50.
He calls the concert “It’s impossible. Let’s do it,” referring to the composers who attempted the impossible with these works. Adelson notes “Sometimes the great ones achieve it.”
According to Adelson, “With Jupiter, Mozart composed his final symphony, as a grand summation of 18th century symphonic music which at the time contained his most spectacular contrapuntal writing.”
When Stravinsky gave the world his ballet “Petrushka,” in 1911 at age 29, it was an entirely new kind of music,” said Michael Adelson. “Stravinsky used the orchestra to create a hero that was both mechanical and alive. He achieved an achingly human depiction that startles us even today.”
The Purchase Symphony Orchestra features musicians from the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Adelson is a renowned conductor, composer, writer and educator. He has served on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and many other ensembles in Europe and America. Equally at home in the opera house, Mr. Adelson has conducted Scandinavian productions of Turandot, LaBoheme, and in Stockholm, the world premiere of Qu Xiao-Song’s Oedipus.
He is deeply committed to music of our time, having worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Bernard Rands, Harrison Birtwistle, Mangus Lindberg and others. He frequently guest conducts other new ensembles and his own works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic as well as by other ensembles and soloists worldwide. He is a founding member of Present Eye, an organization dedicated to experimental music and art.
Mr. Adelson regularly leads workshops in conducting and orchestral technique for educators, and college and pre-college musicians sponsored by the New York Philharmonic. He has written and conducted young people’s concerts with the New York, Helsinki and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras. He has written and lectured widely on topics as diverse as the links between mathematics and music, the divide between science and religion, critical thinking, great historical cities as centers of culture, and twentieth-century art history. He is currently writing a book for non-musicians on the nature and art of conducting.
Mr. Adelson studied at the New England Conservatory, the Mannes College of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Jorma Panula’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.