Tchaikovsky's Fourth: Tonight's Artists 10/20 - 22
Tchaikovsky himself described his Fourth as "a reflection of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony." This definitive romantic Russian music, from thundering brass to dramatic finish, will carry you away and evoke powerful emotions.
This powerful work completes a program featuring an innovative world premiere by Pacific Symphony's Composer in Residence, Narong Prangcharoen, and Mozart’s most beloved violin concerto, as performed by award-winning French violinist Arnaud Sussmann, whose violin playing has been described as “reminiscent of Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler.”
Preview Talk with host Alan Chapman included.
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Arnaud Sussman - Violin
Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you'll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener. His clear tone is a thing of awe-inspiring beauty, his phrasing spellbinding.”
A thrilling young musician attracting attention for his unmatched sound, Sussmann makes debuts in the 2016-17 season with the Vancouver Symphony on Brahms Concerto with Cristian Macelaru, Pacific Symphony on Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 with Carl St.Clair and Alabama Symphony on Brahms Concerto with Carlos Izcaray, among other orchestras.
He performs Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a Czech-themed recital program with pianist Michael Brown at Columbia University’s Italian Academy Teatro in New York.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season included debuts with New World Symphony under Cristian Macelaru, Jacksonville Symphony under Courtney Lewis and Grand Rapids Symphony under Marcelo Lehninger. Abroad, Sussmann played Brahms Double Concerto with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem in Tel Aviv with cellist Gary Hoffman and play/directed the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in performances at the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Besançon International Music Festival in France.
Sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler and members of the Emerson String Quartet.
Born in Strasbourg, France and based now in New York City, Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and The Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/ Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr. Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years.
In September 2015, Sussmann returned to his native France to work closely with violinist Kolja Blacher and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris for intensive training on the play/direct technique, where he then won First Prize of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris’s Paris Play/Direct Academy.
A frequent recording artist, Sussmann has released albums on Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Concert Series, Naxos, Albany Records and CMS Studio Recordings labels. His solo debut disc, featuring three Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Orion Weiss, was released in 2014 on the Telos Music Label. He has been featured on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts alongside Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program and with musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Narong Prangcharoen: Composer-in-Residence
The Chicago Sun Times called Narong Prangcharoen’s music “absolutely captivating,” and, of the October 2012 Carnegie Hall debut by the American Composers Orchestra of Migrations of Lost Souls, The New York Times critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote, it is “an atmospheric work that weaves some of the spiritual and vernacular sounds of Prangcharoen’s native Thailand into a skillfully orchestrated tapestry [with] moments of ethereal beauty.” Prangcharoen, whose music has been performed around the globe, has served as Pacific Symphony’s composer-in-residence since the 2013-14 season.
Prangcharoen’s success as a composer was recently confirmed by his receiving the prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Barlow Prize.
Other awards include the Music Alive Residency, the 20th Annual American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Commission, the American Composers Orchestra Audience Choice Award, the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition Prize, the 18th ACL Yoshiro IRINO Memorial Composition Award, Pacific Symphony’s American Composers Competition Prize and the Annapolis Charter 300 International Composers Competition Prize.
In his native country, Prangcharoen was recipient of the Silapathorn Award, naming him a “Thailand Contemporary National Artist.” Prangcharoen received his DMA from University of Missouri-Kansas City, where his primary teacher was Chen Yi. In addition to working as a freelance composer, he is currently teaching at the Community Music and Dance Academy of the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City. He is the founder of the Thailand International Composition Festival, now entering its 10th year.
Benjamin Smolen - Flute
Benjamin Smolen was appointed principal flutist of Pacific Symphony in September 2011, where he occupies the Valerie and Hans Imhof Chair. He has won top prizes at the Haynes International Flute Competition, James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition, National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition.
He has given solo performances in Russia, Japan, Belgium, France and as concerto soloist with Pacific Symphony, Princeton University Orchestra, Charlotte Civic and Youth Orchestras, and Gardner Webb Symphony Orchestra. Smolen’s performances have been featured on NPR (Performance Today and From the Top), WGBH-Boston, WDAV-Charlotte, French National Radio, and the Naxos and Mode record labels.
Additionally, he can be heard on the soundtracks for movies such as Monsters University, Planes, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Night at the Museum and the 2015 movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He recently released his debut album, Bach to Beaser, with guitarist Jerome Mouffe. Smolen studied at Princeton University, the Moscow Conservatory, the New England Conservatory and the University of Michigan. His primary teachers include Paula Robison, Michael Parloff and Aleksandr Golyshev. He is a William S. Haynes Artist and performs on a handmade, custom-crafted Haynes 14-karat gold flute.
Jessica Pearlman Fields - Oboe
Jessica Pearlman Fields currently holds the position of principal oboe for Pacific Symphony. Fields moved to Southern California after completing her Master of Music degree in 2009 at The Juilliard School. While in New York, she performed and toured with some of the city’s most esteemed ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera.
As a soloist Fields has been featured with the San Jose Chamber Symphony, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) where she also served as principal oboe during the 2005-06 season. An avid chamber musician, Fields tours regularly with her innovative New York-based chamber group “Shuffle Concert.”
Intrigued by both science and music, Fields earned two bachelor’s degrees in both oboe performance and neuroscience from Oberlin College as a pre-med student. Her summer research in brain tumor models was presented at the 2006 conference of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Fields is an adjunct faculty member at Long Beach City College in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio.
Joseph Morris - Clarinet
Joseph Morris became Pacific Symphony’s principal clarinet in the summer of 2016 and he currently holds The Hanson Family Foundation Chair. Previously, Morris had been the principal clarinet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, where he was featured as soloist in performances of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto in September 2015.
Other recent engagements as soloist include performances with the Burbank Philharmonic, Downey Symphony Orchestra, West Los Angeles Symphony, Middleton Community Orchestra and with the Colburn Orchestra in a performance of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons directed by the composer.
A laureate of numerous competitions, Morris has been awarded first prize in the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts Competition, the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Competition, the Downey Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Music Teacher’s National Association Solo Competition and concerto competitions at the Music Academy of the West, the Thornton School of Music and the National Repertory Orchestra.
He was a semifinalist in the Fifth Carl Nielsen International Competition in Odense, Denmark in 2013. Morris received a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory of Music in 2014 where he studied with the renowned professor Yehuda Gilad. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music in May 2012.
Rose Corrigan - Bassoon
Rose Corrigan is currently the principal bassoonist of Pacific Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony, and a former member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied with Michael O’Donovan, a teacher whose pedagogy included exposure to great cinema, literature and restaurants. She returned to the university as an adjunct professor, teaching bassoon from 1993 until 2011.
Corrigan has played bassoon and contrabassoon on the soundtracks of over 500 motion pictures, working with composers such as Michael Giacchino, Patrick Doyle, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, James Horner, Michel Legrand, Michael Kamen and William Ross.
A few of the films that include her playing are Ice Age, Life of Pi, Bolt, Despicable Me, Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, Aladdin, The Lion King, Cars, Enchanted, WALL-E and Pirates of the Caribbean. Her bassoon solos are prominent in March of the Penguins, one of the only movies to list a bassoonist in its closing credits. She has also performed on hundreds of recordings for stars like Paul McCartney, Tony Williams, Barbra Streisand and Natalie Cole.
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