Aaron Copland :: Outdoor Overture
Mark O’Connor :: Appalachia Waltz
Antonin Dvorak :: Symphony No. 9 – Mvt. 2, National Park Suite*
Aaron Copland :: Fanfare for the Common Man
Ferde Grofe :: Sunset from Grand Canyon Suite
Aaron Copland :: Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes for Orchestra*
*Photochoreography by Westwater Arts, Nicholas Bardonnay, multimedia artist
Message from the Maestro
The Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 Season opens with American Landscapes – a special All-American concert event unlike anything you’ve ever seen! Three enormous panoramic screens will be suspended above the orchestra and you’ll see two breathtaking presentations created by Multimedia Artist Nicholas Bardonnay of Westwater Arts. The National Park Suite, created in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, is set to music from Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Aaron Copland’s colorful Rodeo ballet score accompanies an incredible montage of celebrating one of the American West’s great pastimes in Westwater Arts’s Rodeo! Additional musical selections by Copland, Grofe and O’Connor round out this one-of-a-kind concert event!
Will there be Concert Conversations with Chris Confessore for this concert? Yes
About the Artist
Nicholas Bardonnay, multimedia artist
Nicholas Bardonnay is a photographer, multimedia artist, and the Creative Director & CEO of Westwater Arts.
Since 2009, Nicholas has worked on more than 70 concerts with orchestras in Dallas, Cincinnati, Tucson, Boulder, Omaha, Glasgow, Liverpool, Singapore, Toronto and other diverse communities.
He has photographed, produced and performed over a dozen photochoreography pieces. His first concert piece, Pacifica, blends his photography from the atmospheric coastal Pacific Northwest with six music options by Mahler, Debussy, Górecki, Sibelius, Liadov and Satie. With Copland’s music in mind for his next piece, Rodeo!, he photographed a lively pickup rodeo under the vast skies of northern Arizona.
More recently, he used archival images to produce two companion pieces, No Man’s Land and Citizen Soldier, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. He choreographed them to poignant music options by Copland, Vaughan Williams, Barber and Shostakovich, and both pieces premiered in 2014. For another project, Nicholas spent two months camping across Iceland while photographing its sublime landscapes for Sagaland, which he set to four music options by Vaughan Williams, Sibelius, Pärt and Hovhaness. Sagaland premiered in 2016.
Nicholas has also produced a number of commissioned concert pieces. Highlights include Grand Canyon Country, a piece created for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and The Phoenix Symphony to celebrate Arizona’s state centennial; a 50th anniversary tribute for the Britt Music Festival in Oregon; and extensive photography across the Czech Republic for Czech Journeys, which is set to the complete Má vlast and was commissioned by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
The London Photographic Association as well as galleries in Los Angeles, Portland, Hong Kong and other cities have exhibited Nicholas’s photography. He has lived in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and he has an interdisciplinary degree in Visual Arts and Social Sciences from The Evergreen State College. Nicholas and his wife and colleague Erin are based in California. In 2014, they spent a year traveling across central and southern Mexico while Nicholas photographed for an upcoming production, titled Mágico.
His most recent project is National Park Suite. The new concert piece commemorates the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service and premieres this summer at Wolf Trap with the National Symphony Orchestra.
For more information, please visit WestwaterArts.com.
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