As part of Symphony New Brunswick’s “New Brunswick on Show” concert from March 13-15, Christine Donkin’s new work “Hopewell Cape” will be performed by SNB musicians as part of a very exciting concert. Christine says of the piece, “Hopewell Cape was commissioned by Symphony New Brunswick and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as part ofCanada Mosaic. Thirty-eight Canadian composers across the country were invited to create brief orchestral tributes. I named my tribute in honour of the region in which its premiere will take place: the breathtaking stretch of the New Brunswick coast that features the famous Hopewell Rocks. I wanted the music to be celebratory, uplifting, and accessible to all.”
In addition to playing “Hopewell Cape” Symphony New Brunswick will present internationally-renowned horn player Ulises Aragon, from Dieppe, and the works of well-known composer Michael Miller of Fredericton.
Maestro Michael Newnham will lead the Symphony in a concert that can be described as idyllic and pastoral. This lyrical and accessible concert will charm audiences and help us all through the last days of winter. General Manager Jennifer Grant says that a highlight of the evening will be “a double bill from NB composer Michael Miller and SBN Principal Horn, Ulises Aragon, in the world premiere of Miller’s “Three Dialogues for Solo French Horn and String Orchestra.”
Also on the program will be the delightful “Siegfried’s Idyll”, written by Richard Wagner as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869, in addition to works for a smaller orchestra by Walton, Larsson, and Schumann. Rounding out the evening, Michael Miller’s Horn composition reminds us of family ties that are so important to us in New Brunswick. Ulises Aragon was the First Horn in the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1989 to 2012 and currently serves as resident teacher at the International Horn Festival in Manizales, Colombia, held annually since 2006, in addition to his position as Principal Horn of Symphony New Brunswick.
Michael Miller, a composer, pianist, and retired professor of music, has degrees from New York University, and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, NY. He has taught at New York University, Vassar College, and Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, where he is Professor Emeritus.
Concert details are as follows:
March 13, 2017 in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 pm
March 14, 2017 in Fredericton at The Playhouse at 7:30 pm
March 15, 2017 in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre at 7:30 pm
Tickets are available at the door at the Box Offices in each city: