At Tulsa’s Signature Symphony, classics and international accent for 2016-17

Posted on: February 16, 2016

“The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College will take audiences during its 2016-17 season on a musical journey around the world,” writes James D. Watts in the Sunday, February 7 Tulsa World (Oklahoma). “ ‘When I started thinking about this year’s concerts, I wanted to go beyond the standard, primarily European, repertoire and explore music from the rest of the world,’ ” said Music Director Andres Franco. “ ‘Each of our Classics concerts, for example, will have one work that is familiar, an acknowledged masterpiece,’ he said. ‘But the rest of the program will feature music that I am almost 100 percent convinced has never been performed in Tulsa before.…’ The five-concert Classics concert series opens Sept. 24, with China-born Canadian composer Au-Lun Huang’s ‘Saibei Dance’ and [the] violin concerto ‘1,001 Nights in the Harem’ by Turkish composer Fazil Say. Sean Riley will be the soloist for this work. Concluding the evening will be Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition.’ … ‘We are also working to include elements, from photographic displays to food tastings, that will help our audiences have a deeper understanding of the various cultures represented in the music,’ Franco said.”

Posted February 16, 2016