Listening Preview!

The Symphony in C office has been busily preparing for the upcoming concert in December!  For what is to be our most intimate concert of the season, it will feature emotionally moving works from the graceful Vivaldi, to the heart-wrenching and sublime Pergolesi, to Moravec’s congenial post-modern tribute to Bach… and we want to provide you, our readers, fans and supporters with some history and listening previews by other artists to take you back to the baroque era of music… and to get you pumped for this next concert!

The Baroque Period is generally known to have begun around the early 1600’s and ended with Johann Sebastian Bach’s death in 1750.  It was a significant period of change where there was more of a focus on an individual melody, as opposed to serveral independent parts happening at once.  It is the basis and foundation of what we consider to be the genre of classical music today.

Symphony in C will be opening with Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello, Op. 3 No. 10 in B minor.  It is his tenth work in the set of his “L’estro armonico” (in English, the translation is about equivalent to The Genius of Harmony) – a collection of twelve concertos for 1-4 violins, which defined the history of the Baroque era.  This concerto is a three movement work and will feature four solo violinists plus the orchestral ripieno (in baroque terms, the full orchestra and in this case, the full string orchestra) and basso continuo (the solo cello.)

This listening preview from YouTube features:
Pinchas Zukerman
Ivry Gitlis
Isaac Stern
Ida Haendel
Shlomo Mintz
Daniel Benyamini

with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra!

Links to following movements:
movement 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCFPgIkTaao&feature=related
movement 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOcuFezkyog&feature=related

Next on the program is Moravec’s Brandenburg Gate, commissioned and premired by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall on October 16, 2008.  Featuring trumpet, flute, clarinet (which doubles the bass clarinet) solo vioin and strings, it is inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 to project its energy as well as portray the opening of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989.  Read more here: http://www.orpheusnyc.org/Moravec.html

The concert will end with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which is known to be his last piece he wrote in his lifetime on his deathbed at twenty-six years old.  The work is divided into twelve sections and was written for soprano, alto and strings.  Partially due to its background and history, the piece is somber and beautiful and contains very moving melodies.  Symphony in C will feature Sarah Moulton, soprano, and Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor.

These listening previews of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater from YouTube only contain sound:
Movements 1-3

Links to the rest of the piece!
4-6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzb4q0HDwA4&feature=related
7-9: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IzAVTgMhoU&feature=related
10-11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsEB9YLdonc&feature=related
12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PitsGBoSZBU&feature=related

Come join us for what promises to be another wonderful evening of music.

Brilliantly Baroque
Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8 pm
Sarah Moulton, soprano
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 Violins and Cello op.3 #10 in B
Moravec:  Brandenburg Gate
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater

Tickets $21-$48
(Student Tickets $10 at the door!)
856-963-6683 or www.SymphonyinC.org

Hope to see you there!

Aileen Rimando


Congratulations to Rossen Milanov, Adam Neiman and the members of the Symphony in C concert for an exciting and fabulous opening concert of the season – virtuosic fire, indeed!  The combination of Rossen Milanov’s conducting of McPherson’s Interstate Holiday, Adam Neiman’s lightning fast fingers and rich sound on Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto, and the orchestra’s powerful rendition of Tchiakovsky’s 4th Symphony sent chills down the spine and brought the audience to their feet almost immediately with thunderous applause and cheers.

Critics were impressed as well!  If you haven’t already, check out some of the great reviews we received from this weekend!
From philly.com: Rossen Milanov conducts Symphony in C at Rutgers-Camden

and the Courier Post Online! Symphony blends the heartfelt, harrowing

Just a few pictures from the rehearsal prior to the concert, Soundbytes (a pre-concert talk where you can learn about the pieces, meet guest artists, etc…) and the concert itself!  You can see more on the facebook album, Virtuosic Fire Concert, October 9, 2010.

Aileen Rimando


In addition to our other forms of social media connecting us to the world, Symphony in C has decided to start a blog!  Here we hope to keep you updated in more depth about concerts, members, happenings, etc., than we can in the smaller posts we are allotted through facebook and twitter.  (You can follow us on both!)  Different members of the office will post in here occassionally, so always keep a lookout for updates!

Symphony in C received about 700 applications for auditions, which happened a little over two weeks ago!  We were unfortunately unable to hear everyone during the three days we were allowed for auditions due to the overwhelming response, but thank you to those who applied and auditioned for your support of this orchestra!  A big congratulations to our newest members!:

Bryan Lee, Associate Concertmaster
Cecee Pantikian
Mikyung Kim
Guillaume Molko
Lionel Thomas

Amanda Verner

Aleisha Verner

Megan Emigh, Principal
Sonora Slocum (Flute II)

Clara Blood (Oboe III)

Wenmin Zhang (Bassoon II)
Vanessa VanSickle, Contrabassoon

Steven Sherts (Horn III)

Nathaniel Hepler (got promoted from Trumpet III to Trumpet II)
Evan Honse ( Trumpet III)

Brian Santero, Principal

Last night, Symphony in C had their first rehearsal of the season in preparation for their upcoming concert this weekend!  Under the baton of Rossen Milanov, the combination of his conducting, the musicians and the pieces they are playing are all promising factors for an exciting opening this Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 8pm at the Gordon Theater, Rutgers-Camden!  (This was the concert that was cancelled last year due to snow!…  Remember how brutal last winter was here?)  Tickets are still available, so if you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible!  Tickets sell for $21, $38 and $48 and students can buy them at the door for $10!

Rossen Milanov and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra also received a great review from the Philadelphia Inquirer Classical Music critic – David Patrick Stearns!  Click here to read more!  And because of it, we were also mentioned in Alex Ross’ blog – The Rest is Noise, how exciting!  (Alex Ross is the music critic of The New Yorker magazine.)

Hope to see you Saturday!

-Aileen Rimando