The Michigan Philharmonic, based in Plymouth, will open its 2014-15 season on October 4 with the world premiere of Victoria Bond’s Bridges, led by Music Director Nan Washburn. The work’s fifth movement was commissioned by the orchestra to commemorate Michigan’s Mackinaw Bridge, connecting the state’s upper and lower peninsulas. The 2006 chamber version of Bridges (for clarinet, bass clarinet, erhu, and pipa) included four movements corresponding to the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, a stone bridge in China, and a railroad trestle bridge. The Michigan Philharmonic’s classical 2014-15 programs also will include Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Mozart’s Divertimento K 136/125a, Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin, Piano & Small Orchestra, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, and Bloch’s Schelomo—Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra. Pops programs will include Halloween, Holiday, and Valentine’s Day concerts, as well as a “Sci-Phonic: Video Games, Sci-fi & Adventure Pops” program. The Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will be featured on a March program of music by Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorák, and Frank Ticheli.
Posted September 29, 2014