Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Classicism to Iconoclasm"

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Rossen Milanov, conductor
Anthony Marwood, violin
Steven Mackey
, electric guitar

Pre-performance Lecture



Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob. I/101, “The Clock”  [29’]


Steven Mackey: Four Iconoclastic Episodes  [21’]


W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, "Jupiter"  [31’] 

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his third season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra following two seasons of enthusiastic acclaim. He is also the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

Mr. Milanov has previously appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC, Baltimore, Mexico, Indianapolis, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. His recent season highlights include Tchaikovsky’s critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky revival of Swan Lake in Paris with La Scala Ballet and in Zurich with the Zurich Opera, appearances with the Toronto, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and National Symphony Orchestras, and his Link Up education projects at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Mr. Milanov has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the world’s finest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov served as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. Milanov studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. In addition to his musical achievements, Mr. Milanov is a passionate chef and frequently dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

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Anthony Marwood, violin

British violinist Anthony Marwood is known worldwide as an artist of exceptional expressive force, with an effortless technique and beautiful tone. His energetic and collaborative nature places him in great demand as soloist/director with chamber orchestras worldwide. He is Principal Artistic Partner of the celebrated Canadian chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, a post he took up in 2015. In the 16/17 season, he is Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. His eminence as a soloist has brought him to work with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin, Bernard Labadie and Douglas Boyd. 

In recent years, engagements have included the Boston Symphony, Iceland Symphony and Vienna Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as the New Zealand, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras. Marwood has recently toured with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and maintains a fruitful relationship with the Australian National Academy of Music, where he regularly directs performances from the violin. In the 15/16 season, Marwood gave successful play/direct performances with the Tapiola Sinfonietta and St Louis Symphony, and made his debut with the New World Symphony in Miami under conductor Stefan Asbury.

Marwood is a renowned champion of contemporary music, regularly premiering and recording new works for violin. Among those composed for Marwood is Thomas Adès’ “Concentric Paths”, which Marwood performs in the current season with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andrew Manze. Marwood first performed the work in Berlin and at the BBC Proms with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by the composer, following these performances with many national premieres around the globe and a release on EMI in 2010. Also composed for Marwood were Steven Mackey’s “Four Iconoclastic Episodes”, premiered in 2009 with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and Sally Beamish’s 1995 violin concerto, premiered by Marwood with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins. The most recent work written for Marwood is Samuel Adams’ Violin Concerto, premiered in 2014 by the Berkeley Symphony in California under Joana Carneiro to critical acclaim. 

Other highlights of the current season include performances of Kurt Weill’s concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia and Jaime Martin, and a collaboration with the English Chamber Orchestra and Lawrence Power. In a play/direct capacity, Marwood appears with the Aurora Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall and returns to the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Marwood appeared last season at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and Bridgehampton Festival in New York. His recital partners include accordionist James Crabb, with whom he appeared at Wigmore Hall in 2015, and pianist Aleksandar Madžar, with whom he tours the US in the current season.

Anthony Marwood’s most recent CD features Schumann’s violin sonatas, recorded with Aleksandar Madžar and released on the award-winning Wigmore Live label. The disc, which was described by International Record Review as “exemplary in every way”, followed on from the duo’s acclaimed recording of the Brahms violin sonatas on the same label. Marwood has recorded more than 30 discs for Hyperion, spanning from the core trio repertoire with the Florestan Trio to Stravinsky’s complete music for violin and piano with Thomas Adès and the violin concertos by Kurt Weill and Peteris Vasks with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Recent releases on the label include Schumann’s late works for violin and orchestra, and of the Britten Violin and Double Concertos, both with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His next recording, of the Walton Violin Concerto, is released in current season. 

Another facet of Marwood’s career is genre-bending presentations, such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ fully-staged production of Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”, in which Marwood acted the role of the Soldier and played the violin part. He also enjoyed a successful collaboration with award-winning Indian classical dancer Mayuri Boonham.

Born in London, Anthony Marwood studied with Emanuel Hurwitz at the Royal Academy of Music, David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music, and took lessons from Sándor Végh and Daniel Phillips at IMS Prussia Cove. He was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2006 and was the violinist of the Florestan Trio for sixteen years. He is co-Artistic Director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex and performs annually at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont. Marwood was appointed a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in 2013. He plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin, kindly bought by a syndicate of purchasers. 

Steven Mackey, electric guitar

Steven Mackey was born in 1956, to American parents stationed in Frankfurt, Germany.  He is regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation and has composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance and opera. His first musical passion was playing the electric guitar, in rock bands based in northern California.  He blazed a trail in the 1980's and 90's by including the electric guitar and vernacular music influence in his concert music. He regularly performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. He is also active as an improvising musician and performs with his band Big Farm.

Mackey's orchestral music has been performed by major orchestras around the world, from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, the BBC Philharmonic, Concertgebouw orchestra, and the Austrian Radio Symphony, to the Sydney Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic. As a guitarist, Mackey has performed his chamber music with the Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Nexttime Ensemble (Parma), Psappha (Manchester), and Joey Baron. 

Recent premiers include One Red Rose, for the Brentano String Quartet, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Yellow Barn for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of J.F.K, Stumble to Grace, his piano concerto for Orli Shaham, co-commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, the St. Louis and New Jersey Symphonies, Urban Ocean commissioned by the Aquarium of the Pacific and TONIC, an orchestral work for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

He is currently working on a large multi-movement orchestral work co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, the National Symphony and the New World Symphony to premiere in 2015. Upcoming projects include a trumpet concerto for virtuoso Hakan Hardenberger commissioned by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. 

Mackey has been honored by numerous awards including a Grammy, several awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center Friedheim award and many others. He has been the composer-in-residence at major music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Holland Festival. 

His opera/monodrama, Ravenshead, for tenor/actor (Rinde Eckert) and electro-acoustic band/ensemble (the Paul Dresher Ensemble), has been performed nearly 100 times and is available on a MINMAX CD.  In a year-end review of cultural events, USA Today crowned the work the “Best New Opera of 1998.”

There are a dozen CD's of Mackey's music and many other CD's that contain individual works. Dreamhouse (2010) and Lonely Motel: Music From Slide (2011) were each nominated for 4 Grammy awards. Mackey won a Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance for Lonely Motel.

Mackey is currently Professor of Music and chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985.  Helping to shape the next generation of composers and musicians, he teaches composition, theory, twentieth century music, improvisation, and a variety of special topics.  He regularly coaches and conducts new work by student composers, as well as 20th-century classics.  He was the recipient of Princeton University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991.

Mackey’s web site is www.stevenmackey.com.  His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes. He lives in Princeton New Jersey with his wife, composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, and their son Jasper and daughter Dylan.