Brown University Orchestra Concert

Thursday, November 21, 2019

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Sayles Hall

Conductor Mark Seto leads the BUO in a concert at Sayles Hall. Program includes music by John Harbison and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The featured soloist for this performance is cellist Daniel Harp. Tickets: $15 general, $7 seniors, $3 students

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John Harbison: Cello Concerto
Daniel Harp, cello

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

All ticket proceeds benefit the Brown University Orchestra Tour Fund

About Daniel Harp, cellist

Daniel Harp, cellist, has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber performer. He has performed as recitalist and soloist at many universities, and concert series throughout the country, often collaborating with composers on new works. In New England, he has performed a series of recitals titled “The Art of the Cello”, and was requested by the Governor of Rhode Island to perform on a September 11 Memorial Concert. He has also appeared many times as a concerto soloist, performing works of Saint-Saen’s, Haydn, Brahms, Bloch and others. Mr. Harp made his debut at age 18 as a concerto soloist performing Bloch’s Schelomo with the Charleston, SC Symphony Orchestra and was called “a master of the cello“ by the Charleston Post. He has appeared several times as soloist with the Brown University Orchestra, most recently in 2012 performing of the Castlenuovo-Tedesco Cello Concerto. Mr Harp has also had an extensive career as a chamber musician and orchestral player. He teaches cello and chamber music at Brown University and at the R.I. Philharmonic Music School.

About John Harbison, composer

One of America’s most distinguished artistic figures, Harbison is recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them a MacArthur Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize. He has composed music for most of America’s premiere musical institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Harbison’s concert music catalog is anchored by three operas, seven symphonies, twelve concerti, a ballet, six string quartets, numerous song cycles and chamber works, and a large body of sacred music that includes cantatas, motets, and the orchestral-choral works Four Psalms, Requiem and Abraham. His music is widely recorded on leading prestige labels.

Recent works include Psalm 116 (Chanticleer), String Quartet No. 6 (Lark, Fromm Players at Tanglewood, and Telegraph Quartet), Presences (cello and string quintet), A Bag of Tales, (codas for piano), The Cross of Snow (in versions for viols with countertenor, and string quartet with mezzo-soprano), The Nine Rasas (clarinet, viola, and piano), and Painting the Floors Blue (for violinist Jennifer Koh). Harbison’s opera The Great Gatsby, a commission from the Metropolitan Opera, was recently revived at Semperoper Dresden, after the European premiere there of a new production following performances in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Aspen, Boston, and Tanglewood.

Harbison has been composer-in-residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Academy in Rome, and numerous festivals. He received degrees from Harvard and Princeton before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently Institute Professor. For many summers since 1984 he taught composition at Tanglewood, serving as head of the composition program there from 2005-2015, often also directing its Festival of Contemporary Music. With Rose Mary Harbison, the inspiration for many of his violin works, he has been co-Artistic Director of the annual Token Creek Chamber Music Festival since its founding in 1989. He continues as principal guest conductor at Emmanuel Music (where for three years he served as Acting Artistic Director). An accomplished jazz pianist, Harbison founded MIT’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble in 2010, for which he served as coach and arranger, and he is pianist with the faculty jazz group Strength in Numbers (SIN). In these roles he is adding to his large catalogue of pop-songs and jazz arrangements.

Harbison was President of the Copland Fund for fifteen years, and a trustee of the American Academy in Rome. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a Trustee of the Bogliasco Foundation.

His music is published exclusively by Associated Music Publishers.

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