Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra
Chiu-Tze Lin, Music Director and Conductor
Season Opening Concert – September 22, 2019
Featuring Jordan Smith, Saxophone
The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, recipient of the American Prize Award, will present its Season Opening Concert on Sunday, September 22, at 7 pm. The orchestra is conducted by its music director, Ms. Chiu-Tze Lin. This concert is for all ages, and it will be held at the Princeton Alliance Church at 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, New Jersey, at the intersection of Scudders Mill Road and Schalks Crossing Road.
The theme of the concert is “Fall Fanfare,” where the orchestra will showcase great classical music in a fun and a festive way to begin the fall season. It will feature one of the most popular symphonies by Haydn, the “Surprise Symphony.” It’s an amusing piece with a musical joke – a sudden change in dynamics – that will keep the audience on its toes.
The “Alborado del gracioso” by Ravel was composed originally for the piano. Ravel liked the piece very much, and he transcribed it for symphony orchestra as well. The title “Alborada del gracioso” can be translated as “Morning Song of a Jester,” The piece has a strong Spanish flavor, with lots of spirit that makes it great for celebrating the colorful fall season.
A most unique composition, “The Typewriter” by Leroy Anderson, will also be performed. This is a comical piece which uses the typewriter as a percussion instrument. It has been called one of the “wittiest and most clever pieces in the orchestral repertoire.” It will feature a young composer from the area, Ryan Brechmacher. Mr. Brechmacher is an active pianist, composer, artist, and, most recently, a typewriter enthusiast. He is the faculty accompanist and AP Music Theory teacher at Princeton Day School, and also serves as an accompanist for Princeton Girlchoir. Choir College of Rider University, and he presently teaches at the Princeton Day School.
A highlight of the concert will be the saxophone soloist, Dr. Jordan Smith. With reviews praising his “liquid tone,” Dr. Smith has concertized extensively throughout the US, and internationally in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Greece, as a soloist, conductor, and chamber musician. As an orchestral member, he has performed with the New World Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and numerous other ensembles under acclaimed conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and Robert Spano. During the past decade, Dr. Smith has appeared in Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt, Austria, prestigious venues in New York City including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Eisenhower Hall at West Point.
As a chamber musician who is a strong proponent of new music, Dr. Smith has premiered over thirty works by composers from the US and abroad, including Volodymyr Runchak, Mark Stambaugh, Marilyn Shrude, David Noon, Hayes Biggs, Marc-Antonio Consoli, James Adler, Robert McMahan, Steve Cohen, and Rex Isenberg. He is also a member of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet (MSQ), which has premiered and commissioned numerous works by leading composers from New York City and around the world.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors. Premium seating is available at $30 each. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.bravuraphil.org. Discount tickets for advance sale at $15 each can be purchased via www.bravuraphil.org, or contacting the Bravura Philharmonic at (609) 933-4729 or (732) 792-2070.