2018-19 Concerts & Events

Zuill Bailey SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA

OPENING NIGHT
ZUILL BAILEY, CELLO  

GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Tales of Hemingway
TAN DUN Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances (Suite No. 2)
Listen to a Sample RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnol
   

- After two “hysterical weeks” in Havana, Gershwin wrote his Cuban Overture to share the musical colors of Cuba he loved with American audiences.

- Michael Daugherty’s Grammy award-winning piece, Tales of Hemingway, based on the writings of Ernest Hemingway, features cellist Zuill Bailey, who won a Grammy for his recording of the piece.

- Tan Dun’s, Secret of Wind and Birds, was inspired by new and old, natural and manmade, ancient and modern. Bird songs depicted by traditional Chinese instruments are played on smartphones of musicians and audience members.
 
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John Williams OCTOBER 6, 2018 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA

THE MUSIC OF
JOHN WILLIAMS


Best known for his iconic film scores and celebrated music, John Williams is one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age. From adventure to romance to tragedy, Williams has worked his magic for 60 years, setting the tone to countless movies and television shows. His scores have influenced generations of musicians and music-lovers. Relive the iconic soundtracks from Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Superman, and many more!

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Randall Craig FLeischer NOVEMBER 10, 2018 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA

ECHOES

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration
RANDALL CRAIG FLEISCHER Echoes


Listen to a Sample
 
- In celebration of his 20th season as ASO Music Director, we perform Randall Craig Fleischer’s Echoes. A piece he calls “one of the highlights of my tenure (and my life).” This multicultural piece features indigenous music and dances from Alaska, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.

- In this quick “Randy tour” of his ASO tenure, we also showcase his love of Russian music and the connection to his mentor Mstislav Rostropovich. Two other works are revisited that Randy conducted at his audition concert 20 years earlier in November 1998.


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Chaplin's Shoulder Arms JANUARY 12, 2019 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA

SILENT FILM NIGHT
BUSTER KEATON'S The Frozen North & The Boat
CHARLIE CHAPLIN'S Shoulder Arms


It’s an evening of Silent Film giants!  Buster Keaton plays a bumbling villain who ends up in The Frozen North. From the frozen snow to the rising water, Keaton’s The Boat finds him and his family on a voyage in his homemade boat that proves to be one disaster after another.  In Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms, it’s WWI, and Chaplin is recruited to the army’s “awkward squad”.
 
     
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Mateo Messina JANUARY 26, 2019 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA

MUSICAL PERCEPTIONS
MATEO MESSINA, PIANO

BARBER Overture to The School for Scandal
MATEO MESSINA 30,000 Days
MATEO MESSINA Precious
MATEO MESSINA Musica Nova Commission                             (World Premiere)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 (Romantic)

- Barber’s first piece for full orchestra, Overture to The School for Scandal, was inspired by the play of the same name that pokes fun at English high society.

- Grammy award-winning film composer, Mateo Messina makes his ASO debut performing two multi-media works and premieres a new piece commissioned by ASO commissioning club, Musica Nova.

- Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, subtitled “Romantic”, shows off his lighter side with lush, warm melodies. 


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Ella Fitzgerald FEBRUARY 9, 2019 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA
A TRIBUTE TO ELLA
AISHA DE HAAS, VOCALS
CAPATHIA JENKINS, VOCALS

Vocal powerhouse Capathia Jenkins and Broadway veteran Aisha de Haas return to the Atwood stage in this tribute to 13-time Grammy Award winner Ella Fitzgerald who enchanted audiences for over five decades with her playful exuberance, impeccable technique, and inimitable style. These talented vocalists join Maestro Fleischer and your Anchorage Symphony for an evening of swinging and scatting to Ella’s biggest hits including Summertime, Get Happy, Blue Skies, It Don’t Mean a Thing, and many more!


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Daniel Hsu MARCH 2, 2019 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA

MADE IN AMERICA
DANIEL HSU, PIANO

JOAN TOWER Made in America
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
HANSON Symphony No. 2

 
Listen to a Sample- Grammy award-winning piece, Made in America, by Joan Tower, based on the musical themes of America the Beautiful.

- Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, thought to be the most technically challenging piano concerto, performed by Van Cliburn medalist, Daniel Hsu.

- The romantic second symphony by Howard Hanson, commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony.

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Film MusicAPRIL 6, 2019 - 8pm
ATWOOD CONCERT HALL, ACPA

SEASON FINALE
ANCHORAGE CONCERT CHORUS
ALASKA CHAMBER SINGERS
WEST HIGH CONCERT CHOIR



Listen to a Sample
BERNSTEIN On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite
MOZART Dies Irae, Confutatis, Lacrimosa
                (Mozart Requiem) from Amadeus
JOHN WILLIAMS Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan
PROKOFIEV
Alexander Nevsky


An evening of iconic movie music, including:
- Leonard Bernstein’s On the Waterfront Orchestral Suite derived from the only score he ever composed specifically for a film.

- Selections from Mozart’s epic Requiem heard in the award-winning film Amadeus.

- John Williams’ stirring Hymn to the Fallen from the critically acclaimed WWII film, Saving Private Ryan.

- A cantata arranged from the film score for the historical drama Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev. 

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