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Spring in Bloom led by Edward Cumming, Guest violinist Sirena Huang

New Britain Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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On May 5, 2019, the NBSO will conclude our main stage season with SPRING IN BLOOM, led by Edward Cumming, Hartt School of Music, with guest violinist, Sirena Huang.  The concert will celebrate new beginnings and the magic of the season.  


Pre-concert Talk: 2:00 pm
Concert: 3:00 pm


The program will include:

  • Copland: Appalachian Spring
  • Vivaldi: "Spring" from the Four Seasons with guest soloist, Sirena Huang

Intermission

  • Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capricciosa with guest soloist, Sirena Huang
  • Smetana: Moldau
  • Beethoven: 'Scene by the Brook,' from Symphony no. 6, "Pastoral"
  • Strauss: Roses from the South  

About Edward Cumming, Conductor

Edward Cumming

Edward Cumming is Director of Orchestral Activities at The Hartt School, in Hartford, Connecticut.  Before this appointment, he was Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth during his tenure. The announcement came after a two-year search process, involving nearly 300 applicants from around the world.

Before coming to Hartford, he was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he stepped in on short notice for music director Mariss Jansons to conduct a program of which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, “some conductors could not do as well, even with months to prepare.” As Resident Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, he conducted the platinum recording of the “Star Spangled Banner,” with Whitney Houston and the Florida Orchestra, for Super Bowl XXV.

In Europe, Mr. Cumming has led orchestras in Spain, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Canada, Italy, and the BBC Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. He has conducted the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta Be'er Sheva and, on short notice, Schoenberg's Pelleas und Melisande with the Filarmónica de Bogotá.  Throughout the United States, he has been a guest conductor with many ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a collaborator, he has performed with violinists Sarah Chang, Stefan Jackiw and Joshua Bell; pianists Horacio Gutierrez and Emmanuel Ax; cellist Yo Yo Ma; trumpeter Doc Severinson; folk singer/songwriter, James Taylor, and Ray Charles.

 

Edward Cumming, Conductor

As an educator, he has taught at colleges all over the country, including Yale University, University of South Florida, and Pacific University.  He was Music Director of the nationally acclaimed Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, invited twice to the biennial National Youth Orchestra Festival, and has conducted the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra, comprised of the finest high school orchestral musicians from the northeastern United States.

Edward Cumming, ConductorMr. Cumming has distinguished himself for his remarkable ability to connect directly with listeners.  In Hartford, he attracted hundreds of people for his pre-concert talks. With the Florida Orchestra, his Champagne/Coffee concerts were wildly popular, in large part due to the maestro’s conversational style, inviting his audiences to listen to music in new and inventive ways.

He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master's and a Doctorate from Yale University. His teachers include Otto-Werner Mueller, Michael Tilson Thomas, and has conducted in master classes for Pierre Boulez and Riccardo Muti.  In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College.   A native of Oakland, California, he lives in Hartford with his wife, Elizabeth Vandeventer.



About Sirena Huang, violinist, soprano, mezzo soprano tbd

Sirena HuangPraised by The Baltimore Sun for her “impeccable technique…deeply expressive phrasing…and poetic weight,” Sirena Huang is one of her generation’s most celebrated violinists. She brings not only technical brilliance and powerful artistry to the stage, but also a profound sense of connection to her audience.

Sirena has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. In 2017, she was awarded First Prize at the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition and later that year, she was the winner of the New York Concert Artist Worldwide Debut Audition. In 2009, she won First Prize Gold Medalist of the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. She won First Prize and the Audience Award at the Cooper International Competition in 2011. That same year, she was also named the first Artist-in-Residence of Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, she was awarded the Hannloser Prize for Violin at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. She is also a top prize winner at Singapore International Violin Competition as well as the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

Sirena made her solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at the age of nine and has performed in twenty countries across three continents. She has been featured as a soloist with more than fifty prestigious ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Russian Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Weimar in Germany. She has performed in leading venues, including Berliner Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, Esplanade -Theaters on the Bay, Shanghai Concert Hall, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall, among many others. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Verbier Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Music in the Mountains Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Sarasota Arts Series, “The Great Music for a Great City” series in New York City, and many others.

Motivated by a deep wish to inspire peace and harmony with her music, Sirena has performed before world leaders, thinkers and humanitarians. She has appeared at the World Peace Conference held in Petra and at the Opening Ceremony of the “Forum 2000 World Conference” in Prague, among others.

In addition to her TED Talk in 2006, Sirena has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase, and NPR’s “From the Top” as well as several interviews with WNPR, CNBC, WTNH, WTIC, WB20 and Beethoven Radio.


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Welte Hall, Central CT State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06053

Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


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