The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) opens its 35th Anniversary Season with the 4 pm Sunday, September 27 Graceful Pairings concert featuring acclaimed violinist Jennifer Koh performing composer Anna Clyne’s new work The Seamstress for Violin and Orchestra and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s romantic Second Symphony in E Minor, Op. 27. PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts both works at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University. The concert begins a season which highlights the creativity of women in music with a calligraphy-inspired work by Jing Jing Luo, co-commissioned pieces by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and Princeton’s own Sarah Kirkland Snider, and star soloists including pianist Joyce Yang, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and Ms. Shaw, a violinist, performing her own work.
The Seamstress is one of several pieces written by Ms. Clyne for Jennifer Koh. Of collaborating with the violinist Ms. Clyne says, “Everything about our working together feels absolutely right.” Ms. Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. She originally reached out to Anna Clyne five years ago after listening to her music, and the two have been friends and creative partners ever since.
Ms. Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Her work, described as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, film-makers, and musicians worldwide. Ms. Clyne elaborates on her collaboration with Ms. Koh at the PSO’s Behind the Music event on Saturday, September 26, at 3 pm at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center. Ms. Koh and Rossen Milanov join in the discussion.
Entering into his sixth season with the PSO, Music Director Rossen Milanov is thrilled to be honoring women artists in 2015-2016, paying tribute to the creative legacy of PSO founder Portia Sonnenfeld. He draws the comparison, “Like Portia, these featured women are strong and inventive, and with their commitment to creating and performing new music, are crucial to the future of the orchestral art form.”
Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was spotlighted last year when the composer’s original manuscript surfaced and was sold at auction by Sotheby’s for $2,021,042. The symphony was written around the time of the birth of Rachmaninoff’s second daughter, Tatiana, and begins with hushed tones infused with simple beauty. It is Rachmaninoff’s best known symphony for both its romanticism and expansion on the symphonic form.
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