The NAU School of Music opens the 2019-2020 Horizons Concert Series with four fall performances highlighting the breadth and freshness of musical collaboration, whether among artists or between artistic styles. In addition, several of this year’s programs explore compositions inspired by nature and the music of women composers.
Monday, October 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Ardrey Memorial Auditorium
“Crystal Clear Choral”
Saxon State Youth Choir with NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir
“The young singers bathe in a homogeneous choral sound” (Leipziger Volkszeitung, August 2009)
The Landesjugendchor Sachsen (Saxon State Youth Choir), established by Marcus Friedrich in 2008, brings together young, music-loving singers aged sixteen to thirty from every part of Saxony under the auspices of the Saxony Choral Association. A broad dynamic range and musical versatility are the trademarks of this group of chosen singers as well as a unique, unmistakable sound. Each year, the choir perform select a cappella programs to a professional standard as well as symphonic choral works realized in collaboration with musical partners from all over Saxony. The Landesjugendchor Sachsen regards itself as an ambassador of choral singing for all and pursues its aim in concerts and at festivals.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Kitt Recital Hall
Russian String Orchestra, Misha Rachlevsky, music director with Jeffrey Swann, piano
Chopin’s first piano concerto as you’ve never heard it before—accompanied by string orchestra.
Founded in 1991, the Russian String Orchestra has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, the ensemble’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played. The signature quality of the orchestra, which includes some of Russia’s finest young string players, is the depth and variety of its repertoire—over 1,000 compositions from early-Baroque to works written on commission by composers from Russia, Europe, and the USA. Pianist Jeffrey Swann, the President’s Distinguished Artist in Residence at NAU, presents the rarely heard version of Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1 for string orchestra.
Monday, November 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Kitt Recital Hall
Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone, and Paula Fan, piano
A program of songs by women composers, most written especially for Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams.
Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. Williams received the inaugural Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild, given annually to a person or persons who have made a significant contribution to Welsh music. He also is renowned as a leading exponent of contemporary music, having commissioned many new compositions and given premieres of works by Alun Hoddinott, William Mathias, John Tavener, Michael Berkeley, Paul Mealor, Julian Philips, Richard Causton, Mark Bowden, Huw Watkins, and the women composers represented on this program.
Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Kitt Recital Hall
“Creation of the World”
NAU Faculty Chamber Players
Jazz meets classical in French composer Darius Milhaud’s chamber ballet, “The Creation of the World.”
French composer Darius Milhaud set the musical world on its ear with his 1923 chamber ballet score La creation du monde (The Creation of the World), whose synthesis of jazz and classical styles prompted some critics to remark that it was more suitable to the dance hall than the concert stage. The story derives from an African myth in which three gods of creation—Nzame, Medere, and N’kva—bring the plants and animals to life before creating man and woman out of chaos. The NAU Faculty Chamber Players present a concert version of this infectious score along with other chamber compositions.
Individual tickets for the Horizons Concert Series are $25.00 for adults and $17.50 for seniors and NAU faculty and staff. Admission is free for children (17 yrs. & under) and NAU/CCC students with an ID. nau.edu/cto
Complimentary parking in Lot P13 from Friday after 4:30 p.m. through Sunday. Weekday events are eligible for community parking passes through “Manage My Parking” at University Transit Services (nau.edu/parking).
Learn more about Horizons Concert Series events online at nau.edu/music/horizons .