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San Jose Chamber Orchestra, 25th Anniversary

By San Jose Chamber Orchestra; Barbara Day Turner

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By San Jose Chamber Orchestra; Barbara Day Turner. By Marion Adler; Craig Bohmler; Michael Ching; Michael Touchi. Classical. Listening CD. Published by Navona Records (NX.NV6031).

Item Number: NX.NV6031

Celebrating their 25th-anniversary concert season in 2016, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestra Barbara Day Turner, presents a commemorative collection of contemporary works on Navona Records, showcasing the ensemble's commitment to new music as well as their stylistic versatility. Michael Ching's Piano Concerto is a work of variations on a theme aiming to capture the melodic grandeur and spirit of composers like Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt and Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler's Saints is a cycle of five songs about faith and humans' passionate exploration to understand the heart of God. San Jose Mercury News calls Saints "succinct, the emotions unmistakable, [and] the craft unerring." Michael Touchi proposes the following question to summarize his inspiration for Tango Barroco: "What if Antonio Vivaldi had lived in the Argentina of the 1930s?" Impassioned and poised, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Day Turner demonstrate the eclectic programming an audience member can experience at one of their concerts with these commanding and captivating performances. Opera Today describes the Maestra's recent performance of Samuel Barber's Vanessa: "Conductor Barbara Day Turner wielded a commanding baton that made the orchestration pulse with character and vitality.... She unleashed every bit of passion from the rhapsodic moments, and discovered a beautiful balance with the more straightforward (and sometimes witty) conversational exchanges.... Barbara Day Turner may have just achieved the most accomplished and inspired operatic conducting I have experienced in recent memory." San Francisco Classical Voices hails, "...the chamber orchestra's music director, Barbara Day Turner, continues to produce sparkling, imaginative, and in-your-face programs..." Named the 2012 Silicon Valley Arts Council "On Stage" Artist Laureate, Maestra Barbara Day Turner is also long-time Music Administrator and Conductor of the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. Turner has conducted opera, musical theatre and concerts in Germany, Mexico and throughout the United States The San Jose Chamber Orchestra is recipient of five ASCAP/League of American Orchestras awards for adventurous programming and has commissioned and/or premiered more than 150 new works by North American composers since the orchestra's inception in 1991.

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