Like the remainder of us, conductor Donato Cabrera is sheltering in place lately. However he’s definitely not staying idle.
As music director of the California Symphony, he’s received large plans for the Walnut Creek-based orchestra’s 2020-21 season — a daring lineup of uncommon treasures, music from the usual repertoire, and up to date works by dwelling composers. The season, which he introduced final month on Fb Reside, additionally contains new music by the symphony’s incoming Younger American Composer in Residence, Viet Cuong.
However Cabrera, who can be music director of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, is devoting a lot of his time to sharing his musical views. “MusicWise,” on Fb Reside, finds him in dialog with musicians, artists, and innovators each Tuesday afternoon, and his every day weblog, “The Music Plays On,” is an interesting mixture of music historical past, insights into the lives of composers, and the pleasures of discovering works we seldom get to expertise. The subjects aren’t relegated to classical composers — he additionally ruminates on jazz icons like Chet Baker and Joe Go and even favourite rock-concert movies.
A conductor who’s captivated with music schooling — he was beforehand music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra — Cabrera says that imparting information is an enormous a part of his focus.
“I’ve all the time felt that to be a conductor is primarily to be a trainer and facilitator — not simply on the rostrum, however off the rostrum as effectively,” he stated after we spoke in late April. “Schooling is in my blood.”
One in all his present passions is Austrian composer Marianna Martines. Born in 1744, she was the primary lady admitted to the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna in Italy; her compositions embrace oratorios, cantatas, and much, and her musical salons attracted a who’s who of artists and musicians. Cabrera says her hyperlinks to composers comparable to Haydn and Beethoven make her some of the fascinating figures in music historical past: “She was such a extremely regarded composer of her time,” he says, “she deserves to have individuals know extra about her.”
He’ll conduct a bit by Martines in the course of the California Symphony’s scheduled season-opening live performance on the Lesher Middle for the Arts (Sept. 26-27), which additionally options Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 (“The Bear”) and Beethoven’s magisterial “Emperor” concerto, with pianist Adam Golka as soloist.
Program 2 (Nov. 7-8), options Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto, with cellist Joshua Roman as soloist. Cabrera notes that Bates is a former California Symphony resident composer; now effectively into a serious profession, his works embrace the opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” which was to have made its Bay Space premiere within the San Francisco Opera’s now-cancelled summer season season. Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” Respighi’s “Gli uccelli” (The Birds), “Saqqara Hen” by Melody Eötvös, full the Cal Symh program.
Florence Value’s just lately found Violin Concerto highlights Program 3 (Jan. 30-31, 2021), with DeAnn Letourneau, the concertmaster of Cabrera’s Las Vegas Philharmonic, as soloist. The live performance additionally contains Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5, and Robert Schumann’s participating Overture, Scherzo, and Finale.
“Symphonic Serenade” (March 27-28) will showcase the orchestra’s wind part in Mozart’s Serenade in B-flat, Ok. 361, and Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Devices, with pianist Richard Fountain as soloist.
The season finale, titled “Triumph of the Spirit” (Could 15-16, 2021), brings California Symphony concertmaster Jennifer Cho middle stage as soloist in Jennifer Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Violin Concerto. Cabrera additionally conducts Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, and the yet-to-be-announced first piece that Viet Cuong will compose as a part of his residency.
Cabrera typically shares programming together with his orchestras in Walnut Creek and Las Vegas — it offers him the chance to actually delve into the music, and utilizing scores in each areas has been a monetary win-win for the organizations’ music libraries.
This would be the first time he’s facilitated the change of concertmasters — an innovation that affords Cho and Letourneau the possibility to play every concerto two instances with two completely different orchestras.
Cabrera can be wanting ahead to working with Cuong. “What I like about him is the truth that he comes from the band world,” he stated. “I believe it is going to be very attention-grabbing to see him carry that world — which is its personal universe – into the symphonic world. In his music you hear this unbelievable love and information of wind and brass and percussion devices. He makes use of them in such new and fascinating methods, and I’m very excited to listen to what he’ll write for the California Symphony.”
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