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Also sprach Zarathustra

March 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Join the Akron Symphony Orchestra for an exploration of space with music from John Williams and the iconic theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Also sprach Zarathustra


March 16, 2019
8:00 pm
$4.00 – $60.00
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E.J. Thomas Hall
198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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An evening commemorating the 60th anniversary of NASA and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. John Adams’ orchestral ball-of-fire raises the curtain, opening the way to intensely vibrant scores by two of the greatest film composers of all time. Richard Strauss’ tone poem about the human condition provided Stanley Kubrick with the signature music for the opening sequence of his 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Jinjoo Cho, violin

Adams A Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Williams Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Korngold Violin Concerto
Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

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Did You Know?

American composer John Adams created the New and Unusual Music Series as a way to feature contemporary music while serving as composer-in-residence of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral and instrumental pieces have been lauded for their adventurous nature, including Short Ride in a Fast Machine. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

John Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores ever, including Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and three Harry Potter installments. (Source: ClassicFM.com)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold is known as the composer of some of the greatest film scores of the 20th century. His music for Anthony Adverse (1936) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) won Academy Awards for Best Original Score. Likewise, his Violin Concerto has established itself as one of the supreme masterpieces in the literature. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

German composer and conductor Richard Strauss began composing at the age of six, assisted by his father, Franz, principal horn in the Munich Court Orchestra. By the time he reached high school, his works were being performed. His symphonic poems are full of color, virtuosity and dazzling orchestral effects. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

About the Musicians

Jinjoo Cho, Violinist

Jinjoo Cho has established herself as one of the most vibrant, engaging and charismatic violinists of her generation. A Gold Medalist of the 2014 Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Jinjoo made her first appearance on the international music scene when she garnered the First Grand Prize and Radio Canada’s People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition at the age of 17.

Since then, Jinjoo has won numerous international awards including the First Prize and Orchestra Award at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in 2010, 2nd Laureate at the 2011 Isang Yun International Music Competition, First Grand Prize at the Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition, and the Dorothy DeLay Award at the Aspen Music Festival.

Jinjoo has performed throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe, performing as a soloist with such prestigious orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina) among many others.

Jinjoo’s biggest passion is arts education and audience engagement. She is the founder of ENCORE Chamber Music, a chamber music program for high school and college students in Cleveland. Additionally, Jinjoo is on the part-time faculty of Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Another project of hers on the opposite side of the globe is Classical Revolution Korea, where musicians travel all across Korea to give free concerts and meet audiences in cafés.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jinjoo moved to Cleveland at the age of 14 to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a Young Artist Program student. A passionate advocate for community outreach and education, Jinjoo has performed at more than 100 venues, giving master classes, presenting showcases and delivering lecture recitals.

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