Hege conducts López Bellido, Wagner & Rachmaninoff
Daniel Hege, Wichita Symphony music director and conductor and Binghamton Philharmonic music director, reunites with the NOI Philharmonic. The program begins with Richard Wagner’s intoxicating Overture to Tannhäuser, which juxtaposes the conflicting forces found within the namesake’s heart, resulting in the combination of a solemn chorus melody with passionate, anxious, faster notes. Jimmy López Bellido’s Perú Negro is inspired by Afro-Peruvian traditional songs found in the composer’s native country. According to the composer, the piece “stems from a personal desire to assimilate Peruvian folk music to the point of blending it seamlessly with my own language.” Concluding this entrancing program is Sergei Rachmaninoff’s poignant Symphony No. 3, which, like López Bellido’s work, is a piece deeply rooted in the composer’s heritage.
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
López Bellido: Perú Negro
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
This event is part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of The Clarice at the University of Maryland. NOI+F trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Trailblazing conductor Marin Alsop was appointed as the first-ever Music Director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival in 2020. In addition to conducting innovative programs onstage at The Clarice and at Wolf Trap, Maestra Alsop launched the NOI+F Conducting Academy for rising young conductors in 2021. In 2015, NOI+F began a partnership with Naxos to record one concert of all-American music each year—Naxos’ first partnership with a summer festival of its kind. The 2019 recording “Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison” received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Orchestral Performance" category.
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