Holly Mathieson, conductor
Inbal Segev, cello
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the Program:
Dinuk Wijeratne: Polyphonic Lively
Anna Clyne: Dance, for Cello and Orchestra (Canadian Premiere)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
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Symphony Nova Scotia launches its classical lineup with a stunning symphonic celebration! Hear Dinuk Wijeratne’s brilliant, boisterous Polyphonic Lively, written for our own orchestra, followed by star cellist Inbal Segev performing Brit composer Anna Clyne’s Dance – an utterly beautiful work that was acclaimed in NPR’s 100 Best Songs of 2020, earning over 7 million Spotify listens. And then, for the grand finale, we perform the one, the only, the almighty Beethoven’s Fifth – a thrilling journey from tragedy to triumph, and arguably the single most famous piece of classical music in the world.
Thanks to our presenting sponsor, The Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, for partnering with us on this special program. We’re thrilled to partake in the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship’s 20th Anniversary Global Concert Series. Together, we look forward to celebrating the contributions of women as performers and composers of classical music not only on this performance but throughout the season in a series of education and outreach activities in our community. Please stay tuned for details!
This concert feels like the beginning of the future – the first Spotlight concert of our first full season back after so much upheaval. I felt it was even more important than usual to make every note we play meaningful. Dinuk’s music is woven into the story of this orchestra probably more than any other living composer – Polyphonic Lively, which Bernhard Gueller and Symphony Nova Scotia commissioned in 2016, when Dinuk Wijeratne held the position of RBC Composer-in-Residence – felt like the perfect explosion of sound to launch the season!
Our audience had their first taste of Anna Clyne’s beautiful music in the fall of 2021; so, it’s a delight to bring another one of her works to the stage, thanks to generous sponsorship from the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, which is also sponsoring TAKI fellow Barbara Dragan to be our assistant conductor for the week. And, finally, we look back over our shoulder to our European musical lineage, with arguably the most iconic orchestral work in the repertoire: Beethoven’s Fifth. It’s a wonder of challenge, reward, and never-ending discovery to conduct and play. What a way to launch the next period of our orchestra’s life!