April 14, 2018  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Jayce Ogren, conductor Joyce Yang, piano

  Adams The Chairman Dances Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain Sibelius Symphony No. 2

The sound worlds of John Adams, Manuel de Falla and Jan Sibelius are rooted in different countries, time periods, and influences, yet they share a great deal of DNA. All three works deal with nationalism, and each composer used rhythmic drive and vigor to communicate that theme. The Chairman Dances—a vignette from John Adams’ infamous opera Nixon in China—paints a bitingly comic picture of the Mao regime through rock-inspired rhythmic propulsion. Manuel de Falla’s rarely-performed masterpiece Nights in the Gardens of Spain is a loving, Impressionist portrait of his country’s beauty and fire. The program closes with Sibelius’ great Symphony No. 2, a poignant tribute to the people of his native Finland, and a powerful call for freedom in response to centuries of oppression.

Jayce Ogren is building a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. He is the artistic director of Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001. Ogren began the 2016-2017 season leading concerts with the Utah Symphony, the Brevard Music Festival, and the Colorado Symphony, and performances of Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna—a work he recorded for Deutsche Grammophone. As a composer, Ogren’s works have been performed at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music and the Brevard Music Center. View all conductor finalists.



Joyce Yang
Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn medalist, she showcases her colorful personality in recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.

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