Miguel-Harth Bedoya, conductor
Antonio Marti, trumpet
William Grant Still
Serenade for Orchestra
Trumpet Concerto in A-flat Major
Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Emmy-award winner and Grammy nominee Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct the CSO in a program featuring two works by Maurice Ravel. Harth-Bedoya is the Music Director Laureate of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He currently has several appointments directing higher education orchestral studies programs, and, as a sought-after conductor, has appeared with many major international and American orchestras throughout his career.
Born and raised in the American South, William Grant Still was a Guggenheim Fellow and earned several important commissions from the likes of the Cleveland Symphony and the 1939 New York World’s Fair. A celebrated composer renowned for his artistic excellence, he was the first African American to have a symphony performed by a leading American orchestra, the first to conduct a major American orchestra, and the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company. His Serenade is performed on this concert program in a nod to the CSO’s New Aurorean Coterie project to elevate the music of superbly talented yet traditionally overlooked Black artists.
The CSO’s own Antonio Martí will be soloist on Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto—a remarkable and famous masterpiece of the repertoire for trumpet and orchestra. Never failing to amaze listeners, virtuosic skills are required from its soloist, and the orchestra plays gorgeous melodies interwoven with spirited Russian and Armenian folk music. Antonio Martí, who was appointed CSO principal trumpet in 2015, will demonstrate his mastery of the instrument on this grandiose concerto.
Composer Maurice Ravel is famous for his rich orchestration and the two pieces on this concert program are no exceptions. La valse (“The Waltz” in French) is no conventional ballroom waltz; instead, its listening journey reveals intense emotion and resounding depth in a post-World War I time. Ravel’s 1912 ballet Daphnis et Chloé, is a story of love, abduction, hope, and liberation from which Ravel produced two orchestral suites. With its light, pastoral mood, Suite No. 2 from the ballet’s final act is artful storytelling. The music travels through the strings, horns, and winds with playful dances thus allowing the audience to envision the joyful reunion.