(Virginia Beach, April 15, 2019) – Celebrating Virginia’s history and landmarks with classical compositions that take audiences from the mountains to the sea, Symphonicity will reach the final stop of its travel-themed “Destinations” season on May 5 with a 3 p.m. concert at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.
A highlight of the Virginia-themed program will be the Hampton Roads premier of “Resolutions” by the famed Virginia composer, conductor and educator Mark Camphouse. Commemorating the 275th Anniversary of Fairfax, Virginia, the composition traces the colonial beginnings of Northern Virginia and its developing fundamental American principles of human freedom.
Audiences will enjoy a tribute to Virginia’s oceanfront with “La mer,” a mesmerizing piece about the sea by French composer Claude Debussy that will also feature regional photography by Lyle Eesley. A nod to the Blue Ridge Mountains will include banjo and saxophone in George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring the celebrated concert pianist from the Curtis Institute, Michael Davidman.
For the finale, the audience will be invited to the stage to sing along in the official state song, “Our Great Virginia,” as part of a special music video to be released commemorating Virginia’s 400th Anniversary. Patrons will also be invited outside with musicians to take pictures with the recognizable Virginia Tourism’s life-sized “LOVE” letters, which will be on display at the Sandler Center plaza that weekend.
Pre-show festivities will begin at 2 p.m. in the Sandler Center lobby. Patrons can hear locally-based music provided by “Multi-Celli,” a group of cellists from Princess Anne High School who will be led by Mary Hughes, Symphonicity’s Principal Cellist. Food and beverages representative of Virginia will be available, and at 2:30 p.m., Maestro Boothe will share thoughts and insights about the program.
The performance starts at 3 p.m. Single tickets range from $27 to $50 and may be purchased at www.symphonicity.org. Military, group and student tickets are available for as low as $10 by calling the Sandler Center Box Office at (757) 385-2787. For additional concert details, please call Symphonicity at (757) 671-8611.
About the Guest Artists
Mark Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17. His 28 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the U.S. and abroad, in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall-Chicago and Royal Albert Hall-London, among others. He has devoted much of his career to teaching in higher education. In 2006, he joined the faculty of George Mason University, where he now serves as conductor for the wind symphony and teaches courses in composition and conducting. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University. View his complete biography here.
Michael Davidman started piano lessons at age five at the Greenwich House Music School, and then at the Manhattan School of Music, in New York City. He recently completed a four-year scholarship program with The Chopin Foundation of the U.S, and is presently studying piano with Robert McDonald at the Curtis Institute of Music. As a soloist, Davidman has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, West Point Orchestra and New York Chamber Orchestra, among many others. Read about his background here.
Since 1981, the mission of Symphonicity has remained the same: to provide high quality music for everyone, to afford an opportunity for performers, and to educate young musicians. The orchestra performs nine concerts annually at various venues in Virginia Beach, and is a resident company of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Symphonicity’s musicians come from different cities, states and countries. They are teachers, business professionals, homemakers, and composers, differing in age, race and religion. They do, however, have two things in common—a love of music and a love of this community. To learn more, please visit www.symphonicity.org.