Overture Magazine - 2018-19 Season BSO_Overture_JanFeb_19 | Page 24

RESPGHI PINES OF ROME MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8 pm JOSEPH MEYERHOFF SYMPHONY HALL Friday, February 1, 2019, 8 pm Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8 pm Marin Alsop, conductor Colin Currie, percussion Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op.56a Helen Grime Percussion Concerto (U.S. Premiere) Colin Currie INTERMISSION Ottorino Respighi Brazilian Impressions Tropical night Butantan Song and dance Respighi The Pines of Rome The Pines of the Villa Borghese Pines Near a Catacomb The Pines of the Janiculum The Pines of the Appian Way The concert will end at approximately 10:15 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. PRESENTING SPONSOR: About the Artists Marin Alsop For Marin Alsop’s bio, please see pg. 7. Colin Currie Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” by The Spectator, Colin Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers, and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. 22 OV E R T U R E / BSOmusic.org Currie’s commitment to commissioning and creating new music has been recognized through many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society, who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award in 2015; Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000; and the Borletti- Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Andrew Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. This season, Currie premieres works by Helen Grime, Simon Holt and Andy Akiho. In October 2017 Currie launched Colin Currie Records, in conjunction with LSO Live, as a platform for recording his diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music in recent times. The label’s first release was the Colin Currie Group’s debut recording, Steve Reich’s Drumming, which was hailed as “thunderously exciting” by The Times. In October 2018 Currie released the second disc in this catalogue, The Scene of The Crime, which is a collection of works performed by Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger in their duo recital. The 2018 –19 season is marked by many premieres, including new works for string quartet and percussion by Simon Holt and Suzanne Farrin with the JACK Quartet at the BBC Proms, a new Percussion Concerto by Robert Honstein with Albany Symphony and the U.S. premiere of Turnage Martland Memorial with Minnesota Orchestra. This season also sees the launch of Currie’s new percussion quartet, the Colin Currie Quartet. A dominant premiere is a work for four marimbas by Kevin Volans and appearances in their debut season include the NCPA Beijing, Wigmore Hall and East Neuk Festival. Currie’s orchestral engagements include appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra; the Seoul and Zagreb philharmonics; the Florida Orchestra; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; the GAIDA Festival; and the Lahti, BBC Scottish, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Fort Worth symphonies. Currie’s dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement, Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming. Currie is Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin in 2014 and continues to perform there every season.