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Symphonic Dances

May 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm

The Akron Symphony Orchestra has made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances in our 2019-20 season, including Symphonic Dances.

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Symphonic Dances


May 16, 2020
8:00 pm
$4 – $60
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E.J. Thomas Hall
198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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The Akron Symphony Orchestra has made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances in our 2019-20 season, including Symphonic Dances.

While everyone in the Orchestra was hopeful that we would be able to resume the current season, it is more important at this time to pursue the social distancing recommended by medical professionals and government officials to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has transformed our country.

We understand that these are difficult times for many people, but they also pose financial challenges to the Akron Symphony. If you are in a position to help all of us get through them, we ask that you please do so.

To learn more, please follow this link, which also has information about the options available to anyone who has purchased a ticket to this performance.

Color, movement and a kaleidoscope of international styles. Turina – and early 20th century pioneer – established flamenco as a thoroughly authentic style ripe for the big stage. The virtuosic Korean Three Drum Dance amazes both visually and aurally. Rachmaninoff’s last score, the tour-de-force Symphonic Dances, holds charms and thrills right up to its final, electrifying “Allelujah.”

Christopher Wilkins, conductor
Alice Blumenfeld, flamenco dancer
Holly Shin-young, Korean Three Drum dancer
Anna Courchaine, Korean Three Drum dancer
Quinn Lee, Korean Three Drum dancer
Clyne Masquerade
Price Juba Dance & Finale (from Symphony No. 1)
Danzas fantásticas
Newmaster Impressions of Cheonmachong (Korean Three Drum Dance)
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

This concert is 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. (Learn more.)

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Did You Know?

Anna Clyne’s Masquerade had its world premiere during the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in 2013. The composer drew inspiration from the original mid-18th century promenade concerts held in London’s pleasure gardens — a place where people from all walks of life mingled to enjoy a wide array of music. (Source: Boosey & Hawkes)

Florence Price’s Juba Dance & Finale are from her first symphony, which received its world premiere in 1933 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, making it the first time a major orchestra played music by an African-American woman. (Source: NPR)

Composer Joaquín Turina drew inspiration for Danzas fantásticas, his most-celebrated orchestral work, from the Andalusian region of Spain where he grew up, as well as from a 1919 novella titled La orgía by the Sevillan writer José Más y Laglera, from which Turina inscribed extracts into his score as headings. (Source: The Kennedy Center)

Impressions of Cheonmachong, co-composed by Brooke Jee-in Newmaster and her brother, Kyle Newmaster, is not a straightforward Korean traditional three drum dance. Looking to maintain respect for the original form, it is a new work with traditional and modern movement. (Source: billbonk.com)

Sergei Rachmaninoff settled permanently in the United States at about the time he completed his Third Symphony, in 1936. He then busied himself performing and recording some of his works, but a hiatus in his creative activity was broken only by the composition of the Symphonic Dances — the only major work Rachmaninoff composed fully in America. (Source: The Kennedy Center)

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