Maestro Michael Adelson will conduct the Purchase Symphony Orchestra with “Onward!”, an evening of three pieces that point to joyous futures. Rachmaninov’s Symphony no. 2 in E Minor, Nielsen’s “Helios” Overture, and Haydn’s Cello Concerto no.1 in C., will be performed on April 26 in the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College at 8 PM. Tickets $22.50.
“Guest artist is brilliant cellist and Purchase faculty member Julia Lichten performing Haydn’s irrepressibly energetic C major cello concerto-a virtuoso wake-up call,” said conductor Adelson “ in which mentor and students together explore ever more refined worlds of expression.”
“Nielson’s ‘Helios’ overture,” he notes “paints a deceptively simple picture: the sun rising and setting over the Aegean Sea. Despite all its excitement, it is also strangely and profoundly calm: turning slowly in its vast cycle, Nielsen’s music sounds as if it has always been sounding, and will continue forever.”
“Finally,” Adelson comments “Rachmaninov’s famous 2nd Symphony is the symphony that almost didn’t happen. In the wake of the horrible reception that greeted his First Symphony, Rachmaninov fell into a deep personal and musical depression. He lost all confidence and for several years found himself unable to compose. His recovery heralded a stream of his best-loved pieces, the Second Symphony among them. It takes us on a massive journey from deep melancholy to a breathtaking conclusion of optimistic joy.”
Julia Lichten is a member of the Grammy Award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra which performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and tours nationally and internationally. A member of the faculty of Purchase College and the Manhattan School of Music, she has appeared at major music events at Tanglewood, Marlboro, the Library of Congress and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and the American Chamber Players. She has recorded on Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon.
Michael Adelson has served on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and is a composer, writer and educator. He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and many other ensembles in Europe and America. He is equally at home in the opera house. Mr. Adelson has conducted Scandinavian productions of Turandot, La Boheme, and in Stockholm, the world premiere of Qu Xiao-Song’s Oedipus.
Adelson has worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Bernard Rands and is committed to contemporary music. He frequently guest conducts new music ensembles and his own works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic as well as by other ensembles and soloists worldwide.
An alumnus of the New England Conservatory and the Mannes College of Music, he graduated summa cum laude from Jorma Panula’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
For tickets call 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org.
Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson hill Road, Purchase, New York.