Symphony Number One - Debut
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Symphony Number One presents its concert debut at the Baltimore War Memorial in a program featuring harpist Jordan Thomas and flutist Raoul Cho. The duo will join the orchestra for Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp. The program will open with Anton Webern's Symphony, Op. 21, scored sparingly for a chamber orchestra of clarinets, horns, harp, and strings. Conducted by Jordan Randall Smith, the two works will serve as prelude to the World Premiere of Pittsburgh composer Mark Fromm's Symphony No. 1. The orchestra will combine the forces used for the other works, to which Fromm has added saxophone and bassoon. Fromm, a bassoonist himself, has just completed and premiered another major work, a concerto for contrabassoon. Smith first collaborated with Mark Fromm while guest conducting Pittsburgh new music ensemble Alia Musica, where Fromm is both a bassoonist and composer. Symphony Number One will also perform Schubert’s beloved Symphony No. 5. This program is presented in conjunction with the War Memorial Arts Initiative. Symphony Number One is the East Coast's newest chamber orchestra, dedicated to performing substantial works by emerging composers. Led by Music Director Jordan Randall Smith, Symphony Number One brings together great composers of the past, virtuoso performers of the present, and the leading compositional voices of the future.