SSMF Opening Night Gala- June 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Sewanee, TN: On June 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., the 57th season of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival will commence with an orchestra concert performed by the Festival Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of SSMF faculty artists, guest artists, and students all under the baton of the new SSMF Conductor-in-Residence, Octavio Más-Arocas. The repertoire includes Bates’ Mothership, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E – Flat Major, Op. 73 “The Emperor” (Guest Pianist: Michael Mizrahi, Assistant Professor of Music, Lawrence University), Ravel’s Ma mere l’oye, and finally Ravel’s Bolero. This will mark Más-Arocas’ first concert in his new position in the SSMF and his career in the Sewanee community. Fresh off of his first year as the music director and conductor of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and his residency in Campinas, Brazil at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Maestro Más-Arocas will bring his passion for education and new music to the Mountain for this special concert. His debut in this new position has been highly anticipated by the Sewanee community and faculty and he will skillfully open this incredible season with an unforgettable and eclectic variety of music.
This season, the Mountain welcomes 200 students from all over including 32 U.S. states, 5 international countries, and 131 different institutions. The SSMF class of 2013 represents over 106 years of private study and have participated in esteemed organizations and ensembles such as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University, the New England Conservatory, the Nashville School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Universities of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, North Carolina, Richmond, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and North Texas. Over 30 concerts will be performed over the course of a month including faculty chamber concerts, student chamber concerts, the “Hike to a Concert” performed on The Course at Sewanee, student recitals, and of course, the Symphony Sunday events featuring full student orchestras and renowned guest conductors. Purchase tickets today and read more about the repertoire on the website.
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