Dear Longmont Symphony Patrons,
I am delighted to welcome you to our 2022-23 season! Each of our performances offers incredible musical ingenuity, patriotism, and a chance to have shared experiences with fellow music lovers from Longmont and beyond.
Our season opens with a work that we commissioned by American composer John Hennecken during the pandemic. Hennecken’s Symphony for the Great Return is a work about the return to life with family, friends, and live concerts — something that I am thrilled to have achieved after two and a half years.
As part of our Great Return, our museum concerts are back in full swing, complete with our fun and engaging receptions where mingling amongst audience members and musicians brings joy to everyone who attends. This year’s Museum Concerts feature a “Made in America” performance and the continuation of our Beethoven Symphony Cycle. Juxtaposed to Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony is a virtually unknown symphony from one of Beethoven’s childhood friends, Anton Reicha, which will have its premiere performance in Longmont as a fully restored work after a more than two-century wait!
We are also looking forward to sharing the stage this year with two guest artists featured in our virtual series: cellist Clancy Newman will perform Dvorak’s epic Cello Concerto, and clarinetist Jason Schafer will be performing Copland’s jazz-inspired Clarinet Concerto. Also, we will be presenting one of the great modern concerti by an American composer, Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears, with flutist Brice Smith in a program honoring Native American Heritage Month. Later, Indianapolis International Violin Competition Gold Medal winner, Judith Ingolfsson, joins us in Sibelius’ exceptionally demanding and riveting Violin Concerto.
Expanding on what has become a local favorite, we have brought back our Portrait of a Composer performance with A Portrait of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius, equally known for helping Finland develop its national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia as well as for his excessive drinking, will surely create an exciting “portrait” week. Engaging activities — including our new “Maestro Talks” series — will culminate in a performance of his symphonic music that you won’t want to miss!
The LSO’s holiday musical traditions have become highlights of the season for me. I am thrilled to be continuing our holiday collaboration with our friends at the Boulder Ballet for riveting performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and our exceptionally moving, sensory-friendly “Gentle Nutcracker” for neurodiverse audience members. Capping off the holiday season, we will not only be bringing back Handel’s beloved oratorio, Messiah to Longmont, but will be adding the ever-popular Messiah Singalong to our holiday programming!
While each of our concerts has a special place in my heart, perhaps the most gripping program this season is our final masterwork, which tackles the important subject of mental health in advance of Mental Health Awareness Month. This program features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique,’ — premiered nine days before the composer’s untimely death — it will be paired with the thematically linked world premiere of Tyler Harrison’s Symphony No. 3. Commissioned by the Music & Moore Foundation, Harrison’s Symphony No. 3, “The Garden of Tears,” ends with unabashed affirmational hope. The composer writes: “The garden of life thrives on the tears that water it, but it is laughter that ultimately defines its beauty.” Powerful and transformative, this performance will stay with you.
I hope you join us for these moving, engaging, and fun musical experiences as we allow the music to create experiences that strengthen the bonds that unite us.
Music Director and Conductor