National Festival Orchestra: Appalachian Spring

National Festival Orchestra

Appalachian Spring
Saturday, June 13, 2015 . 8PM
National Festival Orchestra: Appalachian Spring
Principal People: 

Conductor  David Alan Miller

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In this All-American program David Alan Miller, Music Director of the Albany Symphony, leads Copland's iconic masterpiece, Appalachian Spring, along with a rare performance of John Corigliano’s GRAMMY award-winning First Symphony, the composer’s passionate and personal response to the AIDS pandemic.


  • Michael Torke: Bright Blue Music
  • Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
  • John Corigliano: Symphony No. 1

The National Orchestral Institute Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen by a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice and in the community.

Review by The Washington Post

The ambitions and hard work of the National Orchestral Institute, the training program for young musicians at the University of Maryland, continue to pay dividends.

CHARLES T. DOWNEY, The Washington Post, June 14, 2015

Review by DMV Classical

Much of this music is supposed to sound brutal…But in this performance, each brutal moment had its own unique sonic character that drove the narrative forward…Most professional orchestras would be quite proud of an effort like this.

ANDREW MAHONE, DMV Classical, June 15, 2015

Feature story on the Octava app by The Baltimore Sun

“I think everyone understands music on a cellular level, but that's often not enough to carry one through a four-movement symphony. Octava serves as a kind of translator, to help with the nuances of the language of music,” [Octava co-founder Linda] Dusman said.

TIM SMITH, The Baltimore Sun, June 19, 2015

Interview on WETA

Listen as Maestro David Alan Miller and Richard Scerbo, Associate Artistic Director, talk about the 2015 National Orchestral Institute Festival.