Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:Exploration Georgia Tech School of Music Presents: Exploration Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 7:30pm Ferst Center for the Arts Chaowen Ting, Conductor of the Georgia Tech Concert Orchestra The Georgia Tech Concert Orchestra presents the Georgia premiere of “Archipelago”, a piece by American composer Alex Shapiro. This is followed by a performance of Beethoven’s second symphony, a work which possesses a sense of vitality and cheerfulness that belies the composer’s tormented feelings over the loss of his hearing. Program Georgia Tech Concert Orchestra Archipelago (2009) [Georgia Premiere] Alex Shapiro (b. 1962) Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (1806) I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio II. Larghetto III. Scherzo: Allegro IV. Allegro molto Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827) Program Notes - Archipelago I live in a beautiful archipelago in which each island has a distinct character. Some are similar to each other, and others cause me to wonder what the geo-and meteorological forces could have been to make them so contrasting. This piece is not dissimilar, as it wends its way through a series of cohesive but varied segments, each subject to the forces of my own emotional geology. Similarly, a musical ensemble is its own archipelago: wonderfully contrasting individuals who, when experienced together, form a compelling, unified group. As with navigating the channels and straits between isles, or those of one's psyche, ARCHIPELAGO offers a journey, and every listener will experience the landscape differently. Composer Bio - Alex Shapiro Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes acoustic and electroacoustic solo, chamber, choral, and symphonic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and they can be found on over thirty commercially released recordings from around the world. Ms. Shapiro advocates for fellow creators through many published writings, webinars, and a wide scope of volunteer leadership. She is the Symphonic & Concert writer member on the Board of Directors of ASCAP, and she also serves on the boards of the ASCAP Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories marine research center. Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Alex moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles in 1983, and in 2007 relocated to Washington State's remote San Juan Island, where she composes in a home perched on the water's edge, surrounded by wildlife. An award-winning nature photographer, Alex's images and music can be experienced on her website, www.alexshapiro.org. Georgia Tech Concert Orchestra Members Violin I Noriyuki Shinagawa, Concertmaster Biomedical Engineering, 4th year Andrew An, Assistant Concertmaster Mechanical Engineering, 3rd year Dalton Yu Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 3rd year Jasmine Hsu Industrial Design, 1st year Heesuk Son Music Technology, 3rd year Sohum Gala Computer Science, 3rd year Lawrence Ro Electrical Engineering, 1st year Felice Xie Industrial Systems Engineering, 3rd year Violin II Arvind Ramaswami, Principal Computer Science, 1st year masters Melanie Su Biomedical Engineering, 3rd year Vikram Chodapaneedi Aerospace Engineering, 2nd year Avery Taylor Computer Science, 2nd year Jack Turbush Aerospace Engineering, 1st year Colin Cassell Computer Science, 3rd year Viola Andrew Chow, Principal Biomedical Engineering, 3rd year Amanda Bock Public Policy, 2nd year Hridee Haq Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, 4th year Juliette Morrell Business Administration Ivy Xue Neuroscience, 2nd year Cello Tyler Bierfreund, Principal Electrical Engineering/Physics, 3rd year Youngho Yoo Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization, 5th year PhD Dawei Liu Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 1st year Evan Zhou Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 1st year Bass Ethan Feng, Principal Computer Science, 2nd year Flute Christine Lee International Affairs, 1st year Michelle Pi Biology, 1st year Oboe Nicholas Lowe Environmental Engineering, 1st year Anthony Otlowski Aerospace Engineering, 1st year Clarinet Nidhi Desai Atmospheric Science, 1st year PhD Patrick Phelan Chemistry, 3rd year Bassoon Derek Rizzi Civil Engineering, 4th year Lixin Zheng Mathematics, 2nd year Horn Matthew Reingold Materials Science and Engineering, 3rd year Kate Blake Electrical Engineering, 3rd year Trumpet Qufei (Fiona) Hou Music Technology, 1st year Xiao Lin Electrical Engineering, 1st year Percussion Taylor Chevalier Mechanical Engineering, 5th year Alex Evitt Aerospace Engineering, 1st year Upcoming Concerts All School of Music concerts are free and open to the public! 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