Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:Romantic Masters VII: Rachmaninoff Second Georgia Tech School of Music Presents:Romantic Masters VII: Rachmaninoff Second Tuesday, April 11th, 2023 7:30 pm Ferst Center for the Arts Chaowen Ting, Conductor The GT Symphony Orchestra opens its second and final concert of the semester with selected movements from Sarah Kirkland Snider’s hauntingly melancholy song cycle Penelope, a modern take on the classic story of Odysseus returning home after the Trojan War. The performance features vocals by soprano Amy Petrongelli and electronics, in addition to strings. The orchestra will then perform the entirety of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony, an hourlong triumph of a work filled with intense, brooding themes, lush, romantic melodies, and exuberant fanfares in turn, thoroughly showcasing the composer’s melodic genius and orchestration skills. Program Sarah Kirkland Snider (1973-) Amy Petrongelli, voice Selections from Penelope (2009) 5. Nausicaa 11. And Then You Shall Be Lost Indeed 10. Calypso 14. As He Looks Out to Sea Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1906-08) I. Largo – Allegro moderato II. Allegro molto III. Adagio IV. Allegro vivace Program Notes – Penelope Penelope is a song cycle by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, with lyrics by playwright Ellen McLaughlin, featuring vocalist Shara Worden and the chamber orchestra Signal. Inspired by Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey, Penelope is a meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home. Suspended somewhere between art song, indie rock, and chamber folk, the music of Penelope moves organically from moments of elegiac strings-and-harp reflection to dusky post-rock textures with drums, guitars and electronics, all directed by a strong sense of melody and a craftsman’s approach to songwriting. Penelope originated as a music-theater monodrama, co-written by McLaughlin and Snider in 2007-2008 and commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Center. In the work, originally scored for alto/actor and string quartet, a woman’s husband appears at her door after an absence of twenty years, suffering from brain damage. A veteran of an unnamed war, he doesn’t know who he is and she doesn’t know who he’s become. While they wait together for his return to himself, she reads him the Odyssey, and in the journey of that book, she finds a way into her former husband’s memory and the terror and trauma of war. In 2009 Snider re-conceived Penelope as a song cycle, expanding and tailoring it to the unique talents of vocalist Shara Worden and the chamber orchestra Signal, and collaborating with programmer Michael Hammond on sound design. Worden and Signal, under the direction of conductor Brad Lubman, recorded this version of Penelope with producer Lawson White November 3-6, 2009, at Clinton Studios in New York, NY. Composer Bio – Sarah Kirkland Snider Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider writes music of direct expression and vivid narrative that has been hailed as “rapturous” (The New York Times), “groundbreaking” (The Boston Globe), and “poignant, deeply personal” (The New Yorker). Recently named one of the “Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music” by The Washington Post, Snider’s works have been commissioned and/or performed by the New York Philharmonic; San Francisco Symphony; National Symphony Orchestra; Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; the Birmingham Royal Ballet; Deutsche Grammophon for mezzo Emily D’Angelo; percussionist Colin Currie; vocalist Shara Nova; eighth blackbird; A Far Cry; and Roomful of Teeth, among many others. The winner of the 2014 Detroit Symphony Orchestra Lebenbom Competition, Snider’s recent projects include Forward Into Light, an orchestral commission for the New York Philharmonic inspired by the American women’s suffrage movement; Mass for the Endangered, a Trinity Wall Street-commissioned prayer for the environment for choir and ensemble; and an opera on 12th-century polymath St. Hildegard von Bingen, commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects. The 22/23 season will see world premieres for Renée Fleming and Will Liverman; Decoda Ensemble; and the Emerson String Quartet, in their final commission, to premiere on their farewell tour. Penelope and Unremembered, her two genre-defying LP song cycles, earned critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Gramophone Magazine, and Pitchfork, among others. In Fall 2020, Nonesuch Records and New Amsterdam Records co-released Snider’s third LP: Mass for the Endangered, performed by English vocal ensemble Gallicantus, to wide critical acclaim. In Fall 2022, Nonesuch Records and New Amsterdam Records will release The Blue Hour, a collaborative song cycle with composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, and Caroline Shaw for vocalist Shara Nova with A Far Cry string orchestra, on text by Carolyn Forché. A founding Co-Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based non-profit New Amsterdam Records, Snider has an M.M. and Artist’s Diploma from the Yale School of Music, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. Her music is published by G. Schirmer. Soloist Bio - Amy Petrongelli Lauded in the New York Times for her “admirable fluidity,” soprano Amy Petrongelli’s diverse performance career embraces both traditional and contemporary repertoire, from Haydn’s Creation in Carnegie Hall to Berio’s Sequenza III at the Radio Nacional Córdoba in Argentina. In 2020, Amy was honored with an Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan for her significant contributions to the field of music performance. Amy has been a featured performer for organizations such as Five Boroughs Music Festival, the Casement Fund Recital Series, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Particularly at home in contemporary repertoire, Amy has premiered new works for organizations such as the Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, New American Voices, and AEPEX Contemporary Performance and has collaborated with members of Eighth Blackbird, Bent Frequency, Alarm Will Sound, Latitude 49, and the Metropolis Ensemble. Recent premieres include works by Laura Kaminsky, Emma O’Halloran, Nina Shekhar, Nicolas Lell Benavides, Juliana Hall, and David Biedenbender. Amy is also the vocalist and co-artistic director of Khemia Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to reflecting diverse perspectives in contemporary classical chamber music through immersive, multimedia performances. A passionate educator, Amy is currently a member of the voice faculty at the University of Georgia, having previously taught at Baylor University, Penn State University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Akron. She is the Director of the Collaborative Piano Institute Vocal Academy summer program at Louisiana State University and has held guest faculty positions at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival and the International Choral Conducing Masterclass Program. She holds a BME in choral music from Central Michigan University and a MM and DMA in voice performance from the University of Michigan. Ensemble Members Violin I Raymond Jia, Concertmaster Computer Engineering, 1st year masters Daeyong Kwon Computer Science, 1st year Madison Park Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year Lawrence Ro Electrical Engineering, 2nd year Felix Pei Electrical Engineering, 4th year Eileen Liu Computer Engineering, 3rd year Adrian Cheung Computer Science, 1st year Alex Wang Computer Science, 1st year Johnathan Shi Music Technology, 1st year Archishma Goli Computer Science, 1st year Bharat Kanwar Robotics, 4th year PhD Sohum Gala Computer Science, 4th year Gregory Zhang Industrial Engineering, 3rd year Nathan Lin Computer Science, 1st year Violin II Harold Graney Green, Principal Computer Science, 3rd year Julia Fleischman Environmental Engineering, 1st year Banglue Wei Aerospace Engineering, 2nd year Chengrui Li Computational Science and Engineering, 2nd year PhD Alexander Hom Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year Emily Primmer Biology, 3rd year Irene Oh Computer Science, 1st year Joshua Sampson Computer Science, 1st year Nikhil Damani Computer Engineering, 4th year Rick Nguyen Computational Media, 2nd year Sarang Pujari Computer Science, 1st year Christia Saputera Business Administration, 1st year Viola Ivy Xue Neuroscience, 3rd year Sujay Rao Aerospace Engineering, 2nd year Olivia Johnson-Liu Business Administration, 3rd year Emily Liu Aerospace Engineering, 4th year Michelle Wang Computer Science, 3rd year Emma Axelson Civil Engineering, 1st year masters Ayush Narain Computer Science, 1st year Esha Sringeri Neuroscience, 1st year Cello Harrison Zhu Computer Science, 4th year Sean Yoshihara Computer Science, 1st year Matthew Zhou Computer Science, 2nd year Benjamin Borthwick Computer Science, 2nd year Nat Wertz Computer Science, 3rd year Madeleine Belew Computer Engineering, 3rd year Peter Gardner Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 3rd year Sergey Blinov Physics/Mathematics, 2nd year Bass Atharva Gujrathi, Principal Aerospace Engineering, 1st year Hyun Choi Physics, 4th year Eric Shute Mechanical Engineering, 4th year Flute Alex Yang * Economics, 1st year Haley McLain Biochemistry, 2nd year Ama Maiki Environmental Engineering, 4th year Oboe Oliver Long Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2nd year Tyler Breaux Aerospace Engineering, 1st year Anthony Otlowski * Aerospace Engineering, 2nd year Clarinet Nathan Duggal * Computer Science, 1st year Kevin Li Mechanical Engineering, 1st year Andrew Warwick -- Bassoon Lucille Dentice * Materials Science and Engineering, 4th year Vishaal Kareti Computer Science, 2nd year Horn Alex Bendeck * Computer Science, 2nd year PhD Carlos Sanchez Biomedical Engineering, 1st year Andrew Sehmann -- Dilon Bryan -- Trumpet Camryn Aguilar Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 1st year Daniel Hudadoff * Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2nd year masters Matthew Liu Civil Engineering, 4th year Trombone Tony Qin Mathematics, 1st year Justin Zandstra * Mathematics, 4th year Zixiao Yang Mechanical Engineering, 3rd year Eli Corley Computer Engineering, 2nd year Tuba Alexander Coles Industrial Engineering, 2nd year Timpani/Percussion Kwanwoo Lee Computer Science, 1st year Ulyana Buslovska Mathematics, 1st year Anthony Candelmo Computer Science, 1st year Keshav Anand Physics, 4th year Piano Daniel Noelle Computer Science, 1st year Denotes principal player: *Rachmaninoff On mobile devices, scroll to the left to view full table contents. 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