MSO - COPLAND & GERSHWIN


Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:00PM
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

MSO - COPLAND & GERSHWIN
 








Copland & Gershwin
David Lockington, conductor
Nick Kendall, violin
Members of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO)

Program:
Key / arr. Afonso · Star Spangled Banner (MSYO Side-by-Side)
Williams · Hymn to the Fallen (MSYO Side-by-Side)
Gershwin / arr. Courage · Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra on Porgy and Bess
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Ungar · Ashokan Farewell
Copland · Appalachian Spring

Photo by Matt Irwin with Melbourne Symphony

Our 87th Classics Season begins with a program devoted to the common elements that make us all American. John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen highlights the Grammy-winning soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic Saving Private Ryan, and is considered by many as his most powerful and significant musical work in decades. Time For Three's Nick Kendall returns to perform Gershwin's Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra on Porgy and Bess, and we conclude the evening with Copland’s Appalachian Spring capturing the sentimentality and gentle spirit of the American heartland.

Nicolas (Nick for short) Kendall connects people through music. He picked up his 1st violin at the age of three. With an insatiable appetite for diversity of expression he went to the streets of Washington D.C. to play trash cans for lunch money as a teenager. A couple of years later, he was forming pick-up rock bands at Curtis Institute between concert debuts at the most prestigious halls in the world.

By this point in his career, among numerous other venues Nick has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, BBC Proms in London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Ravinia Festival, Sydney Opera House, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile, Hyogo Performing Arts Center outside Osaka, Japan and an array of sports arenas across Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Luxembourg as one of the featured artists on the touring super-show "Night of the Proms".

His professional collaborations include many friends and colleagues, such as Joshua Bell, Charles Dutoit, Branford Marsalis, Christoph Eschenbach, Joshua Radin, Keith Lockhart, Alisa Weilerstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jake Shimabukuro, Marin Alsop, Swiss pop and soul star Stefanie Heinzmann, Krzysztof Urbanski, and the legendary Irish rock band "Simple Minds".

Nick’s leadership comes from a long personal history with collective action. Years ago, Nick gathered his friends to form a band whose direction and energy stems out of the power of cooperation, now the critically acclaimed East Coast Chamber Orchestra. His genre-bending trio, Time for Three, or TF3, creates new communities of audiences who otherwise might not participate in the performing arts, and 2014 special TV feature "Time for Three LIVE!" covering one of TF3 concerts won an Emmy Award (the feature produced and recorded by the US Public Broadcasting Service).

Nick is one of our generation’s most persuasive champions for bringing new audiences to concert halls. Irreverent, funny, and relentless, Nick has become a force for connecting people through music, on stage and off. His work is based on the simple idea that the energy you exude greatly impacts the relationships you build.

Trained in the Suzuki method, which his grandfather, John Kendall, brought from Japan to America in the 1960s, Nick continues the teaching tradition. As a caretaker of his craft, he is passing on the vitality of music to a new generation.

This event is part of Nick Kendall’s Residency with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.