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The Four Seasons

November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents one of the most recognizable works in all of music - Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

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The Four Seasons


November 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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The Akron Symphony Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s best-known masterpiece, The Four Seasons, featuring Concertmaster Tallie Brunfelt on November 16.

Vivaldi’s masterpiece is one of the earliest examples of music with a narrative element as each of the four movements resembles its respective season — from the high strings evoking icy rain during Winter to the final movements of Summer that call to mind a thunderstorm. Concertmaster Tallie Brunfelt will bring The Four Seasons to life as the featured violinist.

The concert will also include Haydn’s Symphony No. 95, one of 12 London Symphonies that he composed and which are considered among the highest peaks of symphonic art; Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1, featuring Principal Horn Meghan Guegold; as well as Coqueteos by Gabriela Lena Frank, considered one of the 35 most significant female composers in history, as part of our Stand Beside Her project, a yearlong effort to highlight the work of six women composers/artists in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

A Preview from the Podium, featuring Music Director Christopher Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.

Following the concert, join a select group of Orchestra musicians for TalkBack, a guided and wide-ranging conversation that will offer a look at the evening’s performance through the eyes of the musicians. TalkBack will take place in the lobby at E.J. Thomas Hall.

Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Tallie Brunfelt, violin
Meghan Guegold, horn

Frank Coqueteos
Symphony No. 95
Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1
Vivaldi The Four Seasons

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Did You Know?

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of the earliest pieces of program music that has remained a fixture in the repertoire. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music

Composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was named one of the 35 most significant women composers in history by The Washington Post in 2017. (Source: Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music)

Haydn’s Symphony No. 95 is one of 12 London Symphonies that he composed and which stand among the highest peaks of symphonic art. American musicologist Leonard Ratner called them “the culmination of a long period of growth in skill, fluency and fantasty.” (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music

Because of his father, Franz, a principal horn player, Richard Strauss became a great champion of the horn. His first Horn Concerto showed the influence of Schumann and Mendelssohn and remains a staple of the modern horn repertoire. (Source: Classic FM)

Featured Performers

Tallie Brunfelt

Violinist Tallie Brunfelt is excited to be performing her third season as Concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her commitments in Akron, Tallie serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed recently with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Reading Symphony.

Based in New York City, Tallie maintains an active freelance career throughout the Northeastern United States. On Broadway, Tallie was most recently First Violinist/Violist for King Kong: Alive on Broadway. She has also enjoyed regular appearances in many other Broadway shows including Les Miserables, Something Rotten!, Carousel, Anastasia, Miss Saigon, Hello Dolly!, Mean Girls, and Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations. Tallie looks forward to performing again this winter in the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes.

An accomplished studio musician, Tallie can be heard on recent motion picture and television soundtracks including Gemini Man, Joker, The Goldfinch, The Greatest Showman, A Dog’s Purpose, Fosse/Verdon, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Her recording credits include the Le Boeuf Brothers’ jazz album In Praise of Shadows as the first violinist of the Myth String Quartet, and both Mi Alma Mexicana (Sony) and Travesio Carmesi (Columbia) as a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Additionally, Tallie is proud to perform in the annual holiday release of Carols for a Cure, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Tallie has enjoyed performing in national and international tours throughout her career, most recently as Concertmaster of a U.S. tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Previous highlights include North American tours of Star Wars: In Concert. Tallie also performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas throughout the U.S. and Mexico, including appearances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts attended by President George W. Bush, the Latin Grammy Awards with Gloria Estefan and John Legend, and the Año de la Patria celebration in Mexico City commemorating Mexico’s 200th anniversary of its independence and the 100th anniversary of its revolution.

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Tallie completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in the Orchestral Performance Program.

Meghan Guegold
Principal Horn

Meghan Guegold is currently Principal Horn of both the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, she was Second Horn in Canton and Third Horn in the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her regular duties as Principal Horn in Akron and Canton, she has been a featured soloist with those orchestras in recent seasons.

Meghan frequently plays as a substitute and extra horn player with The Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Miami, and tours across Europe and Asia. She performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and on tours in Minnesota and California. She has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and the Wheeling Symphony, and also regularly performs with the Blossom Festival Band and the Blossom Festival Orchestra.

Meghan is a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory and Continuing Education division, where she serves as Instructor of Horn and Chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Department. She also teaches horn students through the school’s joint music program with Case Western Reserve University, and coaches chamber music at the CIM conservatory. Over the last decade, Meghan has built a studio of successful young horn players, and her students have been accepted into undergraduate and graduate conservatories and music schools, summer music programs, and youth honors ensembles.

A Northeast Ohio native, Meghan graduated with her master’s degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard King, former principal horn and current fourth horn of The Cleveland Orchestra. Previously, she earned her bachelor’s degree in performance, through the Honors College, from the University of Akron, and studied horn with William Hoyt.

Meghan was a recipient of the Presser Foundation Scholarship during her senior year at Akron, and has also been a winner in two Tuesday Musical Association scholarship competitions. She has additionally studied with Rick Solis, Eli Epstein, and David Jolley. She attended the prestigious summer music festivals of the Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Artosphere Arts and Nature Festival. 

In addition to her performing and teaching schedule, Meghan enjoys distance running, gardening, and spending time with her family and rescued white boxer dog.

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