A Gold Standard Year!
We are so excited to present the 50th Season for the Fremont Symphony Orchestra! It’s the FSO you know and love, but with many new ideas that you–the audience – have suggested. We listened! The familiar will be honored, but we’ve added an amazing array of musical genres and guest artists, along with the incomparable musicians of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8 pm
Pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi in recital
Logan High School Performing Arts Center
Pianist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Keisuke Nakagoshi has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony under both Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas. His debut recording with pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann was nominated for a Grammy Award for best Chamber Music/Small Performance Ensemble.
His recital will include works by Beethoven, Ravel, Khachaturian and Gershwin, plus (especially for youngsters and the young at heart) a group of fun little “bug” pieces, each describing an insect, by major composers.
Fremont Symphony Orchestra Performs
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7 pm
A Celebration of Fremont
Smith Center, Ohlone College
Fremont then and now—the Fremont Symphony Orchestra is the perfect vehicle for presenting the history of our community as well as the current energy of our citizens. We begin with silent film pianist extraordinaire Jon Mirsalis, paying homage to the beginnings of the film industry in Niles. Next, the Niles Canyon connection to the intercontinental railroad is honored with Strauss’s lively polka Bahn Frei (“Clear the Track”).
FSO’s commitment to youth and artistic education is represented by cellist Connor Kim, winner of our 2012 Young Artist Competition, playing Antonin Dvorak’s gorgeous Cello Concerto, of which Brahms said, “If I’d known one could write a cello concerto like this, I’d have written one long ago!”
Musical Visions, a multi-media presentation, celebrates 40 years of FSO’s Children’s Concerts, showcasing not only the original compositions from the winners of the 2013 Young Composer Competition, arranged by Emmy-Award-winning composer Jeff Beal, but also the corresponding film creations of Fremont sixth-graders, edited by professional videographer Jeremy Knight. The creativity of these talented youngsters will astonish you!
Finally, we segue into Aaron Copland’s 20th century American masterpiece, Billy the Kid, backed by a visual representation of the story by renowned international photographer Greg Newington, using the Fremont community as a backdrop. Dancers from Diablo Ballet will perform the famous pas de deux from the ballet.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8 pm
Quartet San Francisco in recital
Smith Center, Ohlone College
Grammy Award nominees for their last three CD releases and winners of the International Tango Competition in 2004, Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in standout virtuosic playing. Founded by celebrated Bay Area violinist/composer/arranger Jeremy Cohen, these crossover specialists excel in multiple styles from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond. They have toured in the US and China, South Korea, Japan and Turkey, performing in concert halls and jazz clubs, at universities, music festivals and with major symphony and chamber orchestras. Judith Schlesinger of All About Jazz wrote that their recording, Whirled Chamber Music, “could easily be the most cheerful and brilliantly executed release of 2007.”