NOVEMBER 17 2018 GRAND FORKS CENTRAL AUDITORIUM Philharmonic & Symphony Orchestras in Concert
NOVEMBER 27 2018 EMPIRE ARTS CENTER Crescendo Chamber Music
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Star Spangled Banner
The contrasting, tender E-flat major theme could
John Stafford Smith/ arr. Arturo Toscanini. The Star Spangled Banner has been the national anthem of the USA since 1931; Francis Scott Key's lyrics were set to a popular tune by John Stafford Smith of London. Arturo Toscanini was an internationally renowned Italian conductor and one of the first and most influential radio, film, and television stars of classical music. His meteoric career began at age 19 and he was appointed principal conductor at Milan’s famed opera house La Scala in 1898. Toscanini came to the United States 10 years later to direct performances for New York’s Metropolitan Opera; he conducted the New York Philharmonic from 1928 to 1936. Renouncing his home country's fascist regime, Toscanini's passionate embrace of the United States' national anthem during World War II made a strong statement. With this arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner, written originally for the NBC Orchestra, he offered a compelling personal tribute to his new home.
Brian Balmages: Eagles Among Us Eagles Among Us is a powerful overture-style work
represent the mercy plea of Volumnia, the protagonist’s mother or Coriolanus’ sudden epiphany of affection for his home city. Unlike the Fifth Symphony, the Coriolan ends in tragedy, with Coriolanus' death. The music grows in agony as Coriolanus faces his ultimate fate. In the end we hear only string pizzicati, representing his last heartbeats.
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites I & II Ibsen wrote Peer Gynt in 1867 as a dramatic poem, rather than as a work for the stage. Seven years later he asked his friend Grieg, already firmly established as Norway's leading composer, to collaborate in adapting the work for the stage by setting the text to music to create a melodrama. The work is based on old folk legends and tells the often complex life story of Peer Gynt, including his marriage to Solveig, encounters with trolls and other strange beings, and eventual death. The two orchestral suites were published in 1888 and 1893 respectively and were an immediate success; so much so that Grieg complained that as a result his publishers were no longer interested in printing the full score! Much
with cinematic overtones. The music reflects the vision
of the music's appeal lies in Grieg's ability to encapsulate
of the world from the eyes of an eagle in flight. The
a situation or character perfectly in no more than a few
music includes dramatic fanfares juxtaposed with
phrases, and this is well demonstrated by the four short
moments of lyricism that range from calming to
pieces that make up this suite. It may, however, come as
soaring, and seeks to portray the majestic qualities of
something of a surprise to discover that the celebrated
this magnificent creature.
'Morning Song' was not intended to depict a fresh spring
morning in the Norwegian mountains, but was actually
Brahms: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place Originally for choir and orchestra, this flowing movement from Brahms' longest work, his German Requiem, translates beautifully for orchestra alone.
Navarro: España Cañi The stirring Spanish style is immediately recognizable, particularly in this, the most famous of paso dobles. The paso doble is a stylized
written to accompany a sunrise in the Sahara desert, where part of the action takes place. Perhaps the underlying message is that wherever Peer went he took with him his essential Norwegian-ness. In the famous 'Hall of the Mountain King' Peer is greeted by assembled trolls, in mounting uproar at the imminent seduction of their princess.
Spanish couple dance modeled after the matador's entrance or his final dramatic passes at the bull.
-By Richard Thompson. Used with permission of The Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra of Bristol, UK
Ludwig van Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 Viennese poet and playwright Heinrich Joseph von Collin (1771-1811) wrote the tragedy Coriolan in 1804, telling the story of the fifth century BC Roman general Gaius Marcus Coriolanus, who unsuccessfully attempted to wage war against his home city. Despite von Collins’ attempt at writing in a classic Shakespearian style, the tragedy was largely unsuccessful, especially when compared to Shakespeare’s own play, Coriolanus, also based on the legendary military leader. The manuscript to Beethoven’s overture reads, “Based on the drama Coriolan.” Beethoven’s motive for writing the overture, years after the von Collin tragedy had become dormant, remains unclear. The story of Coriolanus, a fateful hero intriguingly fits somewhat into the narrative of Beethoven’s middle period. The opening C minor key, full of nervous energy, represents Coriolanus’ war-like resolve and could possibly foreshadow the Fifth Symphony, composed the following year.
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11.17.18 • Grand Forks Central pre-concert selections by Crescendo Chamber music students
Philharmonic & Symphony Star Spangled Banner John Stafford Smith, arr. Arturo Toscanini
Philharmonic Eagles Among Us Brian Balmages (1975- ) How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) / arr. Jack Bullock España Cañi Pascual Maquina Navarro (1873-1948)/ arr. Albert Wang
Symphony Coriolan Overture Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Selections from Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Suite No. 1, Mov. 1: Morning Mood Suite No. 2, Mov. 1: The Abduction of the Bride. Ingrid's Lament Suite No. 1, Mov. 4: In the Hall of the Mountain King
coaches and mentors Tamara Auer, Dr. Simona Barbu, Shari Boschee, Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg, Caleb Fritel, Sarah Harlow, Dr. Cody Hunter, Jon Larson, Suzanne Larson, Miaoqian Liu, Rebecca McFarlane, Paul Millette, Mark Nelson, Amariah Pearlstein, Dr. Scott Sandberg, Matthew Wellert
Crescendo coached by: Tamara Auer, Matthew Wellert, Naomi Welsh special thanks to GF Central HS Music Department • Empire Arts Center • Jake Geffre • Courtney Olson The school & private instructors of these wonderful young people.
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Philharmonic Kara Hartten, conductor
Violin Rachel Blawat, Thief River Falls Ainsley Boucher, Crookston Elias David-Schill, GF - Central Sadie Hillman, GF - Schroeder Neecon Mardani, GF - Central Alexis Massey, GF - South Obadiah Pearlstein, Hatton Meghan Quanbeck, McVille Abby Quick, Plummer/Thief River Falls Gabe Sagini, GF -Sacred Heart Megan Schill, GF - South Caleb Zejdlik, EGF - Riverside
Viola Gillian Hoffman GF - Schroeder Conner Leao GF - Red River Matthew Moe GF - South
Cello Carter Byron, GF - Schroeder Andrew Folson, GF - Schroeder Cayden Jacobson, GF - Schroeder Caleb Mendez, Crookston Sheigh Panos, GF - South Garrett Peterson, GF - South Quinn Roehl, GF - Valley
Bass Ryan Nordhagen, GF- South Zebulun Pearlstein, Hatton Annie Powell, GF - Central
Harp Reagan McGillis, Mayville
Flute Madeline Fortman, GF - Central Ava Korsmoe, GF - Valley Gillian Hoffman, GF - Schroeder
Clarinet Alexia Threatt, Crookston
Trumpet Nolan Lapp, GF - South
Horn Lucy Welsh, GF - Central
Trombone Elias David-Schill, GF - Central
Tuba Mandy Ly, GF - Red River
Percussion Andres Moreno, GF - Central Maisy Lindseth, GF - Central
Symphony Dr. Kevin Sütterlin, conductor
Violin Grant Anderson, GF - Red River Anna Caoili, GF - Red River Oliver Dalmi, GF - Central Dennis Du, GF - Central Avery Gooden GF - Red River Lily Helm, Thief River Falls, MN Sarah Hong GF - Red River Aislinn Hunter, GF - Central Marie Kraemer, Grand Forks Trevor Masa GF - Red River Carter Schmisek, GF - Central Isabelle Straus, Fertile, MN Elise Stevens GF - Red River Ella Zhang GF - Red River
Viola Cassie Fincher, GF - Central Sophia Frank, GF - Central
Cello Lauren Hillman, GF - Central Aiden Krogh GF - Red River Claire Lapp GF - Red River Maisy Lindseth, GF - Central Isabel Moga, East Grand Forks HS Sarah Sayles GF - Red River
Bass Michael Farrick - UND/mentor-performer Daniel Hettich, GF - Central
Flute Brandon Leao GF - Red River Dustin Ringuette EGF - Sacred Heart Emma Rudow, GF - Central
Clarinet Taylor Devine, East Grand Forks HS Erin Mahar, GF - Central Sarah Harlow, guest
Bassoon Eiji Tsujita, Japan/ UND
Trumpet Dan Musselman GF - Red River
Horn Alex Berglund GF - Red River
Trombone Gabe Almlie, East Grand Forks HS Nate Thompson, East Grand Forks HS
Percussion Jon Holter, East Grand Forks HS Maisy Lindseth, GF - Central Andres Moreno, GF - Central
Artistic Staff Dr. Kevin F. E. Sütterlin, Artistic Director & Symphony conductor Dr. Kevin F.E. Sütterlin is an internationally sought-after conductor and pedagogue. A dedicated 21st century musician, Sütterlin is passionate about exploring new, non-traditional forms of musical experience. As Artistic Director of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, Sütterlin loves working with the young and talented musicians of the Northern Valley. Sütterlin is Director of Orchestral Activities and Opera and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Concordia College, where he and his colleagues received the prestigious EMMY award for 2016’s nationally broadcast Concordia Christmas Concert productions. He is Music Director and Conductor of The Concordia Orchestra and Concordia Opera.
Dr. Sütterlin holds The Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Endowed Orchestra Chair as Director of Orchestral Activities of the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy. He is also currently the Conductor of the Minnesota All-State Symphony Orchestra. Further, Sütterlin is founding Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis, an ensemble that provides free concerts and educational experiences for Memphis’s most diverse communities. Perhaps the only ensemble in the US with a co-music directorship model, Sinfonietta Memphis’s conductors Mathias Elmer and Kevin Sütterlin proudly represent the orchestra’s credo: friendship through music. Considering himself a "citizen of the world," Sütterlin has been building musical bridges across four different continents, and has led his ensembles on many successful national and international tours. He has performed and taught across the globe including Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States.
Sütterlin’s upcoming season includes guest engagements with The University of Hawaii, the Youth Orchestra Project of Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory, and Qingdao Civic Orchestra (China), Stelle Toscane Music Festival (Italy), the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in Appleton (WI), Connecticut College, the Lima Symphony (OH), and the Montgomery Symphony and Ballet Alabama. Sütterlin is third prize winner of the prestigious American Prize in Orchestral Conducting 2017. He is an awardee of the Hirschmann Foundation scholarship of Switzerland, the Hendrickson Fine Arts Grant, the University of Memphis International Research scholarship, and the University of Memphis Creative Achievement Award.
Ms. Kara Hartten, Philharmonic conductor Kara Hartten began her musical studies at the age of five in her hometown of Redding, Connecticut. She earned both a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from DePauw University, followed by a Master of Music in cello performance and instrumental conducting from the University of North Dakota. Ms. Hartten is presently an orchestra teacher in the Grand Forks Public Schools and performs with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra as well as the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. She founded a string ensemble she currently directs, the UND Community Orchestra, and is a past conductor for NVYO’s Allegro Orchestra; she has additionally coached NVYO Crescendo chamber music and cello sectionals.
As a cellist, Kara has performed with the UND Student String Quartet and UND’s Red River Trio, a student ensemble that toured in May of 2014 in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China. Kara has studied with Drs. Simona Barbu, Darilyn Manring, Yeon-Ji Yun, and Eric Edberg, as well as performed in master classes with renowned cellists such as Amit Peled, Matt Haimovitz, Nicholas Photinos, Emilio Colon and Laszlo Varga. In 2009, she performed with the DePauw Chamber Orchestra during a tour of Austria and Germany. She also performed the Lalo cello concerto with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra in 2007 as the winner of its concerto competition. In 2011, she played Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major with internationally known cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Donors & Supporters January 1 -November 5, 2018 $5000+
City of Grand Forks ND Council on the Arts Women's Fund
up to $99, cont.
up to $99, cont.
GGF Community Theatre*
Community Foundation of Grand Forks,
East Grand Forks, & Region
John & Cathy Martsolf
Lauri Shimpa Corey & Missy Thompson Toasted Frog* Alison Wallace Jane Korsmo Winter
North Dakota Museum of Art*
O For Heavens Cakes* Darren & Jodi Straus Xcel Energy Foundation
$500 -$999 Erin & Jay Almlie Badman Design* Madelyn Camrud Richard & Nancy Foss Grand Forks Park District Foundation HB Sound & Light* Maria-Joy & Dr. Cedric Masa John Madden & Sarah Barron Courtney Olson* US Bank Foundation Ted & Alison White Wonderful Giving
$250-$499 Anonymous Phil & Shelly Amundson Guidestar Hugos* Larissa Hood & David Krogh Yvonne & Greg Lapp Yong Hou & Jin Zhang Romanick Family Mark & Gloria Sanford Thrivent* Naomi & Jeff Welsh
$100-$249 Behls Photography* Wendy Bulman Choice/Park District* Expressway Suites* Grand Forks CVB* Les & Patty Howard in memory of Harold Anderson Kanishka & Madhavi Marasinghe Northern Air* Bill & Kari Noyes Bill & Gail Schmisek Devera Warcup in honor of Alyssa Warcup Jackie Spiros Jeff & Brooke VanLooy
up to $99 Lorraine Amundson Kristine Anderson Anonymous Ely's Ivy* Evolve/701* Facebook (fundraisers) Fighting Sawks* Jonna Gjevre
*in-kind or partially in-kind
CRESCENDO PROGRAM 11.27.18 • Empire Arts Center selections will be chosen from the following: Divertimento in G Major, Hob V: G3 Joseph Haydn ( 1732-1809) Moderato, Minuet
Elise Stevens, violin Rachel Blawat, violin Sarah Sayles, cello Matthew Wellert, coach
Trio Joseph Haydn Menuet, Theme & Variations
Cami Antonenko, violin Sophia Frank, viola Grace Nelson, cello Tamara Auer, coach
Trios for flute, viola, & cello Tommaso Giordani (1770-1827) Trio #1: Largo Trio #4: Minuet
Emma Rudow, flute Cassie Fincher, viola Aiden Krogh, cello Naomi Welsh, coach
Crescendo rehearsal sites Valley Eldercare • Tufte Manor • St. Anne's Guest Home other performances: November 15 Community Foundation | November 17 NVYO concert
Endowment Fund A gift to the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras Endowment Fund is a forever gift that grows and gives annually. An endowment gift of any amount makes a lasting difference to NVYO by providing sustainable, ongoing funding each year. Northern Valley Youth Orchestras' Endowment Fund is housed at the Community Foundation; the Foundation manages the fund and its investments, and NVYO receives a 5% payout from the fund each year, providing vitally needed operating funds.
Because NVYO is a qualified 501 c3 nonprofit, with an endowment gift of $5000 or more you can significantly lower the net cost of your contribution and triple its impact. Actual numbers will depend on your tax bracket and other factors; the Community Foundation can help you with details. Gifts of any amount are welcome and appreciated. Make a donation at the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and Region; 620 Demers Ave. Grand Forks, ND 58201; or call 701.746.0668 . Make sure to mention Northern Valley Youth Orchestras is the fund designation. Or donate online to the fund: http://gofoundation.org/give-to-a-fund/ Scroll down to “Northern Valley Youth Orchestras Endowment Fund” and complete your donation. All information about taxes and benefits and your IRS tax deduction statement will channel through the Community Foundation. Thank you for your support!
Northern Valley About Youth Orchestras
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras is in its eighth year of inspiring musicians and engaging communities. NVYO offers two orchestras, a chamber music program (Crescendo), and a summer day camp (Dal Segno), providing young musicians age 12 to 21 with symphonic and chamber music experience, community connections, and opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves in a supportive setting. Participants throughout the year number over 120 and come from cities and towns within a 75-mile range of Grand Forks. Alumni pursue degrees in a variety of professional fields including music and the sciences, and consistently earn places at excellent colleges and universities both locally and around the country. NVYO's two orchestras, Philharmonic and Symphony, rehearse weekly from September to March at Grand Forks Central High School and the Empire Arts Center, and perform two to three formal concerts per season. Guest clinicians and professional instrumentalists provide additional mentoring and orchestral training, and a variety of community performances are offered to students as well. Past NVYO collaborations include events with Jazz on Tap, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, the FargoMoorhead Area Youth Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, and the Grand Cities Children’s Choir. NVYO has an office located in the Empire Arts Center, as well as a membership at the 701 Coworking Space, and is proud to be one of the many partners in the new Grand Forks Welcoming Community Roadmap. More information about NVYO is available at www.novyo.org.
Board of Directors David Krogh, President Phil Amundson, Vice President Mark Romanick, Treasurer Wendy Bulman, Secretary Yong Hou, Jeremiah Johnson, Tyler Manske, Madhavi Marasinghe, Evan Montgomery, Jennifer Tarlin Naomi Welsh, Executive Director (ex officio)
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Grant Partners 2018-19
Programming is made possible in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Programming is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region.