Latin American Flare at Symphonicity’s First Concert of the Season

Symphonicity is joining with world-class artists to take its audience on a fascinating world tour of sights and sounds this season, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Daniel W. Boothe. The 2018-2019 Masterworks series, “Destinations: Your Passport to Great Music,” runs from October through May and will focus on iconic music and cultures of worldwide destinations – Latin America, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom and Virginia. Each concert will also include immersive pre-concert activities that are truly unique to traditional symphony concerts.

In theme with the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Symphonicity’s first stop is “Destination: Latin America.” The concert begins at 3 p.m. this Sunday, October 7, at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, and will highlight music all written or inspired by Latin American composers, including a few that are rarely heard. At 2 p.m. prior to the concert, the Artists Gallery of Virginia Beach, the Rhythm Project of the Virginia Arts Festival and the Peruvian Culture Center will help “immerse” lobby visitors into the culture of the region. Maestro Boothe will join with the soloist to share program insights at 2:30 p.m.

The concert will open with Gershwin’s rarely performed “Cuban Overture” composed while on a trip to Havana, Cuba in 1932. It is followed by an unusual concerto for the timpani drums entitled, “Raise the Roof,” written by Grammy-award winner, Michael Daugherty. It will feature John Kilkenny, a “particularly fine timpanist” as reviewed by the Washington Post, who is known around the world as a performer, conductor, educator and artistic administrator. He has performed with virtually every Washington DC Performing Arts organization from the National Symphony and Washington Opera, to the Bach Consort and Verge Ensemble.

Following intermission, the Symphonicity brass & percussion will be featured in Henry Cowell’s “Fanfare for the Latin-American Allies,” a seldom-heard piece that was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with 18 other fanfares including Aaron Copland’s most famous. An intensely subdued and somber piece will add introspection to the program in “Poema Elegíaco” by Mexican composer Manuel María Ponce. The concert finale will offer a rousing rendition of Alberto Ginastera’s “Estancia Suite,” inspired by the ranches and folk music of Argentina.

Single tickets, ranging from $27 to $50, may be purchased by visiting www.symphonicity.org. Military, group and student tickets may be purchased as low as $10 by calling the Sandler Center Box Office at 757-385-2787.