Hike to a Concert – The Course at Sewanee, Hole #5: The Edge
6:30 p.m. CDT – July 3, 2013
IMPORTANT: HIKE INFO
Meet at Green’s View at 4pm on Wednesday July 3rd.
Quick Directions: From University Ave, turn onto Green’s View Rd and take it to where the road terminates near the bluff. Note: Green’s View Rd. is located across from Emerald Hodgson Hospital and along the edge of the Sewanee Inn (which is currently under construction).
The hike will be a 3.5 mile loop. We will be going thru Shakerag Hollow and looping back on the Beckwith’s Pt. trail. Our hike will include several stops to enjoy points of interest. The goal will be to arrive at 6pm at the concert so we will have plenty of time to grab good seats and cool down before the concert begins at 6:30pm. Please bring some water for our hike.
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival, a summer music program affiliated with the University of the South (familiarly known as Sewanee), will be hosting a special performance on the newly developed golf course located on the 13,000-acre mountaintop campus. The concert will be held next to the number five green, better known as The Edge, which is named for its distinct drop-off and dramatic views off the bluff behind the green. The rock ledge to the left of the green was carefully uncovered during the course renovation, further enhancing the dramatic setting of this bluff-top green.
A hike, led by the Sewanee Outing Program, will begin at 4 p.m. and traverse the University of the South hiking trails, ending directly at The Edge for concert time. In addition, a bike ride, led by Woody Deutsch from Woody’s Bicycles, will start at 4 p.m. and will take participants around the Sewanee campus to key highlights including the Cross, Green’s View, the Chapel of the Apostles, and others before ending at the golf course. Bike rentals are $15 if you cannot bring your own. Please sign up using the web form below to reserve your spot!
People attending are encouraged to bring picnic items and blankets to the concert. This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: The Monteagle Inn & Retreat Center
Conductor: John Thomas Dodson
John Thomas Dodson, Conductor
Performances led by American conductor, John Thomas Dodson, have recently been described by critics as “fresh-sounding,” “sparkling, and “first rate”.
In addition to his conducting activities in the United States, Mr. Dodson appears as a guest conductor with international orchestras including the Athens State Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Bialystok Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestra UANL in Monterrey, Mexico. He has made numerous tours of Russia conducting the National Philharmonic of Russia, National Symphony Orchestra of Bashkortostan, Irkutzk Symphony Orchestra, and the Omsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra.
Currently serving as Music Director of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra Mr. Dodson was recently named Music Director-Designate of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra in Greater-Detroit, where he will conduct his first concert at the orchestra’s music director in December of 2013. Dodson is also Artistic Director of the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo, a project in the Dominican Republic featuring concerts, educational activities and on-site discovery experiences in the historic buildings of the first city of the New World. He conducts the Camerata Colonial, the chamber orchestra for Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo, comprised of international musicians drawn from principal players from the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, and other outstanding musical institutions in the United States.
Dodson has worked with acclaimed soloists including pianists Cecile Licad, Shai Wosner, Gilles Vonsattle, Rieko Aizawa, Ilya Itin, Maria Asteriadou and Andreas Klein; violinists Oleg Kagan, Kurt Nikkanen, Janet Sung, Caroline Goulding, and Pip Clarke, vocalists Leah Crocetto, Barbara Quintilliani, Angel Blue, and Abigail Nims, cellists Jan Vogler, Yannis Tsitselikis, Alan Stepansky and Sujari Britt, violists David Aaron Carpenter and Paul Silverthorne; flutists Amy Porter and Stephanie Winker; oboist Alan Vogel, and hornists Jerome Ashby and Andrew Pelletier.
Dodson has collaborated with many living composers, leading over twenty-five world-premieres in the United States, Russia and Europe. Recent notable projects include conducting the world premiere of Theodore Antoniou’s Cello Concerto in Athens, Greece with the Athens State Orchestra and cellist Yannis Tsitselikis and recording the orchestral music by Robert Jager with the Omsk Philharmonic for the Naxos label. Recent Adrian Symphony Orchestra contemporary music projects include a two-year collaboration with Kenneth Fuchs as the orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence, resulting in five world premieres of works that were later recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. Dodson also led the ASO in the Michigan premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Of Paradise and Light and the world premiere of Robert Jager’s Of Things Remembered, and he invited Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng to conduct his music with the orchestra. In 2014 Dodson will conduct a premiere-season performance of Christopher Theofinidis’ Ordu Virtutum, a contemporary re-working of a liturgical drama by the medieval composer and mystic Hildegard von Bingen, as part of a three-orchestra co-commissioning partnership. He will lead the Adrian Symphony Orchestra in the Michigan premiere of a new orchestral work written by Stephen Paulis in the 2014 – 15 season.
John Thomas Dodson holds a master of music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied under renowned conducting pedagogue Frederik Prausnitz. He continued his conducting studies with Paul Vermel at the Aspen Music School, studied composition with Robert Jager and was mentored in strings by Ed Meyer, father of bass virtuoso and composer Edgar Meyer.
His website is located at www.johnthomasdodson.com.