The American Frontier – In Honor of Our Veterans
JOAN TOWER For the Uncommon Woman (for Orchestra)
JOHN WILLIAMS Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan
BARBER Violin Concerto | listen
Andrew Sords, violin
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man | listen
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” | listen
This program, coinciding with Veteran’s Day, expresses our gratitude and appreciation to the men and women who so bravely serve our country. We invite you to join us for this program of music from America including the first great American concerto for violin and orchestra as well as Dvořák’s most famous symphony, “From the New World.”
Free pre-concert talk with Elliot Moore and musicologist/journalist Peter Alexander of SharpsandFlatirons.com—6:30 PM in the Commons area
Concert sponsored by Ahlberg Funeral Chapel
Please join us directly following the concert at Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant (600 Longs Peak Ave., Suite H) for happy hour food & drink specials, including an LSO “Wine of Note” – $1 from every Wine of Note glass ordered will be donated back to the Longmont Symphony.
About Andrew Sords
Following a decade in the spotlight, American violinist Andrew Sords has garnered accolades on four continents for his performances combining visceral virtuosity and ravishing tone. Hailed in the press as “a fully formed artist” (Kalisz-Poland News), “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum), and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald), Sords has received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the NFMC Young Artist Award.
Andrew Sords has appeared with celebrated conductors and orchestras. The 2017/18 season features appearances with the Flagstaff Symphony, Pueblo Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Southeastern Ohio Symphony, Des Moines Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony, Durham Chamber Orchestra, Longmont Symphony, and the Guatemala Bravissimo Festival. In recent seasons, concerto collaborations have included the Oakland Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Motor City Symphony, Kalisz Philharmonic, North State Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Gulf Coast Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Symphony, and the Dvorak concerto at Toronto’s famed Glenn Gould Studio. Sords will make his UK concerto debut in Edinburgh and Scotland (Tchaikovsky) with the Glasgow Philharmonia, and his Croatian debut (Mendelssohn) with Miran Vaupotic. In 2016, Sords returned to his childhood orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, with the Barber Concerto (Liza Grossman). In Madison, Wisconsin, a recent outdoor performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto with the WCO was heard by an estimated audience of 30,000. Additionally, Sords has worked with myriad conductors including Robert Franz, Michael Morgan, Sidney Harth, Mario Mateus, Andrew Sewell, Carl Topilow, Scott Seaton, Luis Biava, and Matthew Kraemer.
As a prolific recitalist, Sords has appeared in St. Croix, Washington, D.C., Maui, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and at St. Augustine’s (FL) EMMA Series at Flagler College. In Fall 2016, Sords returned to Australia to present the Mendelssohn concerto and Vaughan-Williams “Lark Ascending,” and collaborated with cellists John Walz and Joseph Johnson in performances of the Brahms “Double” concerto.
Sords has appeared on the festival circuit including summer appearances in Fairbanks, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and the Republic of Georgia with Liana Isakadze’s World Virtuosi. With Ms. Isakadze’s ensemble, Sords appeared in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. In 2018, Sords will collaborate with pianist Elyane Laussade at Australia’s Brunswick Beethoven Festival. After a successful debut at the Glenn Gould Theatre in 2015, Sords will return with the Elgar Violin Concerto celebrating 2018’s Canada Day. Appearing annually in Canada with Cheryl Duvall, their collaborations next season include a return engagement on the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society.
Sords’s recent collaboration with Sean Christopher on the New-Age album “Transcendence” has been a commercial and critical success, with reviews stating: “Much of this is owed to the gorgeous and precise playing by Andrew Sords, whose violin adds a thrumming undercurrent of pure life throughout the album’s stainless steel structure.” This album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CDBaby. Sords is represented by EMC Artists, Ltd., and makes his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio.