Pines of Rome
Saturday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, IL
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Tania Miller, conductor
Sara Davis Buechner, piano
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, op.45
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op.43
Miller: Under Sea, Above Sky
Respighi: Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome)
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Health and Safety
After eighteen months we are thrilled to return to the stage for an exciting 2021-2022 season! We look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy live performances with your Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
The health and safety of our musicians, staff, and you are paramount as we resume live concert experiences. As such, we have established the following policies in accordance with CDC and the State of Illinois guidelines to best protect everyone who enters the concert hall:
- Audience members must provide proof of complete vaccination for COVID-19 prior to entering the concert venue.
- Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination record to the performance (photos of both sides of the record are also accepted), as well as photo Identification.
- Patrons may choose to email photos of both sides of their vaccine record to email@example.com prior to concert day or provide the record in person between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
- As mandated by the State of Illinois, concert attendees will be required to wear masks at all times within concert venues.
- Tickets must be purchased in advance either by phone or online. Ticket sales will not be available at the Hemmens.
- Pre-purchased tickets may be collected at Will Call on the day of the concert. (Proof of purchase will be required if tickets are purchased the day of the concert.)
We look forward to welcoming you back for a wonderful season of great music. If you have any questions, please contact our Box Office at 847-888-4000.
Canadian Conductor Tania Miller has distinguished herself as a dynamic interpreter, musician and innovator. On the podium, Maestra Miller projects authority, dynamism and sheer love of the experience of making music. As one critic put it, she delivers “calm intensity . . . expressive, colourful and full of life . . . her experience and charisma are audible.” Others call her performances “technically immaculate, vivid and stirring”.
Miller’s 20-21 season featured debuts with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec as well as a return to the Vancouver Symphony. This season she will debut with Calgary Opera (The Merry Widow) and the Vermont Symphony and return to the Elgin Symphony. Miller has appeared as a guest conductor in Canada, the United States and Europe with such orchestras as the Bern Symphony Orchestra, NFM Wroclåw Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestra Métropolitain de Montreal, Vancouver Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony, Madison Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New West Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and numerous others.
Maestra Miller was Music Director of Canada’s Victoria Symphony for 14 years, and gained national acclaim for her commitment to the orchestra and community during that time. She has distinguished herself as a visionary leader and innovator with a deep commitment to contemporary repertoire and composers and has gained a national reputation as a highly effective advocate and communicator for the arts. An avid writer about music and the arts, her writing has been featured in the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Symphony Magazine, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, and Better Humans.
Maestra Miller will conduct Calgary Opera next season, and has previously conducted numerous productions as Artistic Director of Michigan Opera Works and as guest conductor for Opera McGill in Montréal.
Ms. Miller received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University, and an Honorary Fellowship Diploma from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music for her commitment to leadership in community and music education. She was recipient of the 2017 Friends of Canadian Music award from the Canadian League of Composers for her dedication to the performance of contemporary music.
Ms. Miller has a Doctorate and Masters degree in conducting from the University of Michigan (1995-2000). She worked as assistant conductor to Bruno Weil at the Carmel Bach Festival for four seasons, and as Assistant and Associate conductor of the Vancouver Symphony from 2000-2004.
For more information: http://www.taniamiller.com/index.php
Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), and “astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), Japan’s InTune magazine sums up: “Buechner has no superior.”
In her twenties Ms. Buechner earned a bouquet of top prizes at the world’s premiere international piano competitions — Queen Elisabeth (Brussels), Leeds, Mozart (Salzburg), Beethoven (Vienna), and Sydney. She was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Gold Medalist of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Ms. Buechner has performed in every state and province of North America — as recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with top orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra; and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. She has toured throughout Latin and South America and Europe, and she enjoys a special following in Asia.
Ms. Buechner has commissioned and premiered important contemporary scores by composers such as Michael Brown, John Corigliano, Ray Green, Dick Hyman, Vítězslavá Kaprálová, Jared Miller, Joaquín Nin-Culmell, and Yukiko Nishimura.
She has released numerous acclaimed recordings of rare piano music by composers such as Rudolf Friml, Dana Suesse, Joseph Lamb, Joaquín Turina, Miklós Rózsa, and Ferruccio Busoni. Stereophile magazine selected her Gershwin CD as “Recording of the Month,” and her interpretation of Hollywood Piano Concertos won Germany’s coveted Deutsches Schauplatten Preis. Most recently her recorded traversal of the score to Carl Dreiser’s silent movie classic Master of the House (1925) may be heard on Criterion Collection DVD.
Sara Davis Buechner joined the faculty of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2016, after previously teaching at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University and the University of British Columbia. She has presented masterclasses and workshops at major pedagogic venues worldwide, adjudicated important international piano competitions, and is also a contributing editor for Dover Publications International. In 2017 Ms. Buechner marked her 30th year as a dedicated Yamaha Artist.
For more information: http://saradavisbuechner.com/
Program Notes by Daniel Maki