The 2nd Annual W. Ovid Collins, Jr. Concert Series
Sunday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 9
Presented in Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Cornelius & Collins, LLP
Camille Saint-Saëns – “Organ” Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78
Joshua Coble, organ
2017 Concerto and Composition Competition Winners:
Tiange Wu – Abduction
W. A. Mozart – Violin Concerto, No. 4 in D Major, K. 114 – Allegro
Maggie Kasinger, violin
Modest Mussorgsky – Songs and Dances of Death – Lullaby and Serenade
Joshua Lindsay, bass-baritone
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 7 PM
McAfee Concert Hall
2100 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212 (directions)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7 PM
Brentwood United Methodist Church
309 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027 (directions)
All performances by NPO are free and open to the public.
The Nashville Philharmonic offers emerging area performers and composers a unique chance to reach a wider audience in the annual NPO Composition and Concerto Competition. The NPO proudly presents this year’s winners, violinist Maggie Kasinger, bass-baritone Joshua Lindsay, and composer Tiange Wu as they share their gifts with the community in this concert.
Sixteen-year-old violinist Maggie Kasinger, the Concerto Young Artist category winner, will play one movement of the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4. A member of the Curb Youth Symphony and a Myra Jackson Blair Scholarship student of Carolyn Huebl, Maggie has been an avid soloist and chamber musician since age 8, participating in numerous summer festivals with world-renowned coaches.
Bass-baritone Joshua Lindsay is a recent masters graduate of Austin Peay State University and has appeared as a soloist with the Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera Ensemble. As winner of the Adult Concerto division, he will perform two of the infrequently heard Songs and Dances of Death by Modest Mussorgsky in the original Russian. “Lullaby” is the first of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, a dramatic song cycle written in 1875 depicting the complex character of Death in four scenes. In this first scene, Death arrives at the home of a sick, dying child to sing him to sleep eternal, but the boy’s distraught mother pleads with Death to spare her son’s life. In the second scene, “Serenade,” Death comes to a deathly ill woman and serenades her, promising to free her from the captivity of the home she cannot leave and of her failing, mortal body. Death is presented here as passionate and predatory, aiming to take an invalid woman to her deathbed.
Composition Competition winner Tiange Wu was born in Beijing, China and came to this country in 2008 to pursue composition studies at Oberlin College. A Chinese urban legend of conflict and subjugation inspired her piece, Abduction. Read more here. Wu is a graduate student and teaches at Belmont University. She also creates soundscapes and music for the video game company RocketPunch Game, Inc.
The grand and imposing “Organ” Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns supplies a rousing conclusion to the ambitious NPO season. This is Saint-Saëns last work in the symphonic form with brilliant orchestral writing characteristic of the Romantic period. One of the most outstanding and original features of the piece is the ingenious use of keyboard instruments: piano scored for both two and four hands and a pipe organ. Another novel feature was its conception in two movements. It achieved popular fame as the main theme of the movie, Babe. Playing the 1991 Möller organ at BUMC and the 55-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ at McAfee Concert Hall is organist Joshua Coble, Adjunct Instructor of Organ at Belmont University and newly appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
The NPO is conducted by Dr. Christopher Norton, Professor of Music at Belmont University.
This is the second concert series underwritten by Cornelius and Collins, LLP in honor of W. Ovid Collins, Jr. who, with his wife, was a founding member of the Nashville Philharmonic, playing viola. He was also a founding partner of the law firm Cornelius & Collins, LLP. This concert celebrates the 75th anniversary of the firm he founded and honors his commitment to both institutions .