The San Diego Symphony will present the world premiere Saturday of American composer Adam Schoenberg’s “Orchard in Fog for Violin and Orchestra,” written for the virtuoso violinist who will perform it.
Inspired by a photograph by Massachusetts graphic artist Adam Laipson, the 37-year-old Schoenberg wrote the piece specifically for violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, who will perform it with the symphony on Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11.
“We are delighted to present this world premiere,” said Martha Gilmer, CEO of the symphony. “Two years ago, we performed Adam’s lovely work, “Finding Rothko,” so it is our great pleasure not only to present his new piece, but to have Anne Akiko Meyers, for whom it was commissioned, perform it with us.”
It will be the first world premiere by the symphony since the December 2014 performances of David Bruce’s “Fagile Light” violin concerto, with Gil Shaham as soloist.
In addition, Associate Conductor Sameer Patel will make his Jacobs Masterworks series debut conducting the two performances.
The San Diego concerts also include Franz Liszt’s popular tone poem, “Les Preludes,” and Jean Sibelius’ hopeful, life-affirming Symphony No. 5, composed as Europe was recovering from the First World War.
Schoenberg is one of the most frequently performed living classical composers. He is a professor at Occidental College and lives in Los Angeles.
Tickets for the two performances are available at SanDiegoSymphony.org or 619-235-0804.
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