Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 4:00pm & 7:30pm
Hoffman Auditorium, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford
Sponsored by The Rooney Blomberg Group at Morgan Stanley
Auction/Reception from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
A catered light reception will be held between performances where composer Andrew Simpson and soloist Anhared Stowe will be present. This is a light reception with wine and is NOT included in your concert ticket. You must purchase the reception ticket separately on the FVSO ticket page. Reception tickets must be purchased in advance online.
To celebrate the FVSO’s 37th season, a silent auction with many wonderful items will take place during the reception. Proceeds will support the FVSO’s special projects fund that provide support for film concerts such as these.
At the door: $20
|MUSSORGSKY||Night on Bald Mountain|
|WILLIAMS||Schindler’s List Theme|
|I. Main Theme|
|II. Jewish Town|
|Anhared Stowe, violin|
|SIMPSON **||One Week (Buster Keaton)|
The live action silent film, featuring Buster Keaton, will be projected above the orchestra. The FVSO will provide a live orchestral score to this film. A truly unique opportunity to hear a live 75+ perform a film score to this wonderful classic silent film.
Anhared Stowe has soloed with the Farmington Valley Symphony five times. She has been actively performing and teaching in Greater Hartford for over 40 years and has recently retired from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra after 46 years. In addition to serving as its Principal Second Violin, Ms. Stowe also became the first member of the HSO to be honored with an endowed chair. Ms. Stowe has also performed as soloist with orchestras in Iowa, Connecticut, and at age 15, in Florida, with the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, where she was also a member.
Ms. Stowe earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Juilliard School, and her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Charles Treger at The Hartt School.
Ms. Stowe has worked with members of the Juilliard, Hungarian, and Guarneri String Quartets, the Beaux Arts and Albeneri Trios, as well as Janos Starker, Arthur Balsam, and Joseph Fuchs. Other chamber music experience includes performing at the Blue Hills and Colby College summer music festivals, and touring with the North Carolina School of the Arts throughout Italy. She has recorded the music of Stephen Gryc on the Opus One label, and music by Schubert, Janácek, and Hovhaness on NWCE’s own label. Non-classical recordings include work with the British rock group “The Lilys” and for “The Pernice Brothers” album “Overcome by Happiness”, which was a “Top Ten” in Amplifier magazine. Recently, Ms. Stowe was heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition”, accompanying the poet Edgar Silex with a work of her own composition.
During her time as Artistic Director for New World Trio, Ms. Stowe built the ensemble into a substantial presence in New England, with the group in-residence at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Two separate music series were supported there in addition to other performances throughout the region. Significant foundation and institutional support for NWT followed, and by the close of her tenure there, New World had become Connecticut’s premier home-grown chamber music ensemble. Ms. Stowe was subsequently asked by NWT’s board to resume her role as Artistic Director, and the trio has been actively performing for the past three years.
Andrew Earle Simpson is an acclaimed composer, pianist, organist, and conductor who seeks organic connections between music and other disciplines. A composer of opera, silent film, theatrical, orchestral, chamber, vocal and choral music, he describes his work as “humanistic music,” making multi-faceted connections between music, literature, visual art, theater, and film, reflecting his fundamental interest in contextualizing music in the wider world. His creative, performative, and scholarly work is focused on four principal threads: Greco-Roman antiquity and modern Greece; silent film music; theatrical music, including opera; and folk music. These threads frequently overlap and intersect in his work.
Silent film, as a nexus of drama, visual art, and music, is an ideal genre for Simpson’s multi-disciplinary explorations. One of American’s foremost silent film musicians, he is Resident Film Accompanist for the National Gallery of Art and a regularly featured accompanist for the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater. He has performed original film scores at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Italy, the Cineteca Nazionale’s Cinema Trevi in Rome, Sala Cecelia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, American Film Institute Silver Theater, New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, the J. Paul Getty Villa in Los Angeles, and many other venues. He is also co-founder of the Snark Ensemble, a group devoted to creating and performing new scores for silent film, theater, and dance.
Interested in the interplay of sound and image, Simpson has worked with visual artists and digital animators such as NY-based Sharon Louden, DC-based Micheline Klagsbrun, and Chicago-based Nicholas Ferrario, to create and present new work at art galleries and concert halls. In some cases, music is scored to pre-existing video; in other projects, the video is created in response to the music; he has created fully-composed, improvised, and flexible scores to partner such animations.
He has also directed collaborative film/music/theatrical events such as “The Comic Roach: A Roadhouse Picture Show,” a silent film cabaret which he conceived and scripted, and “Silent Explosions, Invisible Jumps,” in which chorographers, dancers, composers and instrumentalists joined forces to present new choreography inspired by new music inspired by silent films of French film pioneer George Méliès.
Simpson’s instrumental chamber, choral, and silent film music is recorded on Naxos, Albany, Capstone, Fleur de Son Classics, Athena, and other labels. His silent film scores have been broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies Channel, and numerous scores for piano solo and chamber ensemble appear on DVD with Kino-Lorber, Flicker Alley, Olive Films, and All Day Entertainment.
Andrew Simpson is Ordinary (Full) Professor of Music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.