Princeton Symphony Orchestra season opens with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and US premiere
The 2022-2023 season of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) opens on September 10 and 11 with the incomparable Anne Akiko Meyers performing Arturo Márquez’s new violin concerto Fandango.
The work was commissioned by Ms. Meyers and premiered by her in 2021 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Another concert highlight is the PSO’s American premiere of Spanish composer Marcos Fernandez’s tribute to Leonard Bernstein, America. To complete the program of striking concerts, the Danzas fantasticas by Joaquín Turina, the Prelude to La Revoltosa by Ruperto Chapí and the Spanish Capriccio by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts both performances, which take place Saturday, September 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 11 at 4 p.m. in the historic Richardson Auditorium. Sunday’s concert includes a pre-concert talk by Maestro Milanov at 3 p.m.
Anne Akiko Meyers is “a musical magician, with amazing access to all kinds of expressive color” (San Diego Union-Tribune) who has inspired great composers to write major new works for her. Highlights of this season include performances of Arturo Márquez’s Fandango with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall and in Mexico City during the 50th anniversary of the Festival Internacional Cervantino; and the premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Blue Electra, about American icon, Amelia Earhart, at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra. Along with major orchestra and recital appearances, Anne is one of today’s most prolific artists, having released Shining Night, her 40th album, this year. She has appeared on The Tonight Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Morning Edition and Great Performances in Honor of John Williams. Anne performs on the legendary Ex-Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesù, dated 1741.
When Anne Akiko Meyers approached Arturo Márquez for a work for violin and orchestra, the composer turned to the Mexican dance tradition and wrote the three-movement Fandango. Marcos Fernández’s new work, America, pays homage to Leonard Bernstein and Latin American musical heritage with compositional techniques from jazz, Latin music, pop, flamenco and contemporary music. Joaquín Turina’s Danzas fantasticas were inspired by La Orgia, a novel by Jose Más, and Ruperto Chapi’s Prelude to La Revoltosa provides insight into his one-act zarzuela, or Spanish musical theatre. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov sought to capture the spirit of Spain with his Spanish Capriccio, which concludes the concert program.
Single tickets are now available for all orchestral concerts of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. The season’s live concerts feature other renowned artists, including soprano Pretty Yende and violist Roberto Díaz, as well as established and contemporary works, including the world premiere of Gandhi’s Seven Decisions by violinist/composer William Harvey . Tickets are also available for 2022 Holiday POPs!
Classical concerts take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Subscriptions start at $180. Youth ages 5-17 get 50% off with an adult purchase. To subscribe or purchase single tickets starting at $30, visit the Princeton Symphony Orchestra website at princetonsymphony.org or call 609-497-0020.
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is closely monitoring and adhering to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 requirements and complying with rules established by partner sites. Concert attendees will receive information regarding security procedures, entry, seating directions, and more. before the selected show(s).