Pasadena Community Orchestra Opening Season Concert
Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Dvořák Symphony No. 9 ("New World")
and Ginastera Harp Concerto featuring soloist Alyssa Katahara.
By: Pasadena Community Orchestra Foundation
WHAT: The Pasadena Community Orchestra's 2018-2019 season features a variety of free concert events for patrons in every age group. The new season opens on Friday, November 9, as Music Director Bethany Pflueger leads the orchestra in a performance of Brahm's Academic Festival Overture, Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "New World" and Ginastera's Harp Concerto featuring soloist Alyssa Katahara.
Harp soloist Alyssa Katahara joins PCO in opening the 2018-2019 concert season with Ginastera's Harp Concerto Op. 25. Commissioned to expand the capabilities of the harp and honor American harpist Edna Phillips, the piece features serialism, South American rhythms, and other advanced techniques not commonly heard from the angelic instrument. Ms. Katahara began her musical studies as a violinist at two and harp at age six. She is currently a Bachelor of Music degree candidate at the Colburn School where she studies with JoAnn Turovsky. In response to being awarded an honorary diploma by the University of Breslau, Brahms wrote the Academic Festival Overture in 1879. In addition, he was declared the most famous living German composer. Czech composer Anton Dvořák wrote Symphony No. 9 in 1893 in the spirit of black and Native American music rather than the exact melodies, using modern rhythm, counterpoint and coloring. Also known as the "New World" symphony, it is Dvořák's own impression of America's wide-open spaces.
The musicians of the Pasadena Community Orchestra graciously donate their services for every concert. PCO is supported by generous benefactors, local grants, board members and volunteers. Audience members may meet the Music Director and other musicians at a reception following the concert. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary.
WHERE: In the sanctuary of First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena
(just west of Michillinda Avenue). Ample free parking, wheelchair accessible.
WHEN: Friday, November 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
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