Richmond Symphony program: Alyssa Morris world premiere concerto, plus music by Amy Beach and Mary Alice Smith

Posted on: March 25, 2022

“Richmond Symphony Orchestra will feature cellist Andrés Diaz in a commissioned work during its season-ending April 9 performance,” writes Mike Emery in Wednesday’s (3/23) Richmond Palladium-Item (VA). “Diaz will be the featured soloist [in] the cello concerto ‘Alone’ by composer Alyssa Morris…. The work … is intended to speak to society as it moves from the isolation of COVID-19 quarantine and isolation through conflicts to a hopeful conclusion. It is dedicated to those who died during the pandemic…. ‘Alone’ will be the second piece during the … performance led by guest conductor Wilbur Lin, who … is currently assistant conductor for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.… [The program] features an all-female lineup of composers…. The opening number is the ‘Masque of Pandora Overture’ composed by Alice Mary Smith in 1878…. Amy Beach’s [1894] Symphony in E Major … known as the ‘Gaelic Symphony’ completes the concert…. ‘The RSO … concert … features a guest artist, a guest composer and a guest conductor, … truly ‘A Concert of Firsts’ that will serve to show off the talent of the orchestra,’ … said RSO Executive Director Monica Koechlein.”