Sunday | 10.30.22 | 5:00 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street
Movement has always held great power, both in physical form and as a means to change. Opening this all-American program, Reuben Blundell conducts the New York premiere of Sam Wu’s Wind Map, a musical exploration of Van-Gogh-esque charts that map the movement of air. Margaret Bonds’s Montgomery Variations, a powerful tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights movement, and the city of Montgomery, AL, closes each performance. Each night also features a different showpiece: Samuel Barber’s true-to-self Violin Concerto with Camille Enderlin, and David Baker’s jazz-influenced Concert Piece for Trombone and Orchestra with Matthew Stewart.
Concert Piece for Trombone and String Orchestra
Violin Concerto, Op. 14
The Montgomery Variations
Saturday, 10.29, Sunday, 10.30
Sam Wu: Wind Map
Sam Wu's music deals with the beauty in blurred boundaries. Many of his works center around extra-musical themes: architecture and urban planning, climate science, and the search for exoplanets that harbor life.
Selected for the American Composers Orchestra's EarShot readings and the Tasmanian Symphony's Australian Composers' School, winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and First Prize in the Washington International Competition, Sam Wu also received Harvard's Robert Levin Prize and Juilliard's Palmer Dixon Prize.
Sam’s collaborations span …
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Camille Enderlin is a New York City-based violinist. As an orchestral musician, Camille has performed with ensembles, such as the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Allentown Symphony, Symphoria, the Orchestra Now, the Chelsea Symphony, and the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI). With NOI, Camille played on the recording for a Naxos Records “American Classics” album, which received a 2018 Grammy nomination for “Best Orchestral Performance.”
Camille is a proponent of all genres of music and keeps a musically diverse performance schedule. …
David Baker: Concert Piece for Trombone and String Orchestra
Matthew Stewart is a New York City-based trombonist, Arts administrator and production manager. He began his musical training in public school at age 9, starting first on euphonium and tuba and transitioning to tenor trombone in college. Pursuing his career as a musician, educator and administrator, Matthew attended The State University of Buffalo, completing a BA in Music Performance, and The College of Performing Arts at The New School MA in Orchestral Performance. His instrumental teachers include Weston Sprott and …
Reuben Blundell has been a Chelsea Symphony conductor/violinist since 2012, enjoying collaborations with musicians, soloists, composers and other conductors. Conducting Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas, first with B. D. Wong then Annie Golden narrating, he initiated, conducted and edited (in Premiere Pro) the orchestra’s 2020 remote performance, narrated by John Lithgow.
Blundell is Music Director of the Riverside Orchestra on the Upper West Side, rehearsing Mondays and performing five concerts each season. He also directs another outstanding community …