We are breaking out the bagpipes for 2018 with a concert of music inspired by the vibrant country of Scotland! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra continues its 2017-2018 Masterworks season with A Scottish Fantasy, Friday, January 19 through Sunday, January 21 in the Belding Theater at The Bushnell in Hartford. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
These concerts will be led by guest conductor, Stefan Sanderling, and feature Gareth Johnson on violin and Mike MacNintch on highland bagpipes. A Scottish Fantasy is sponsored by Pullman & Comley LLC.
This program includes Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise, Bruch’s four-movement Scottish Fantasy, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish.” Join us for a pre-concert talk with Stefan Sanderling one hour prior to the concert.
Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise is a vivid depiction of a joyous wedding celebration, gloriously concluding with a bagpiper performing in full Scottish regalia. Bruch’s four-movement Scottish Fantasy, pays homage to Scottish folk melodies including “Auld Rob Morris,” “The Dusty Miller,” “I’m a’Doon for Lack o’ Johnnie,” and the patriotic anthem “Scots Wha Hae.” Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” is the result of the composer’s preoccupation with Scottish history, and his visit to the ruins of Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh while on Grand Tour in 1829, calling to mind the wild romantic landscapes of the north, at the same time stormy and jubilant
The 2017-2018 Masterworks Series is sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
About Stefan Sanderling
Awarded the Kilenyi Medal of Honor (Bruckner Medal) by the Board of Directors of the Bruckner Society of America for his contribution to the works of Bruckner in April 2012 Stefan Sanderling, is a leading international conductor of his generation. He has held the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra since 2003, a post which led to his hugely successful debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the “Spring for Music” series conducting Previn’s “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” and the powerful Shostakovich Symphony No. 6. Mr. Sanderling also holds the position of Conductor Emeritus and Artistic Advisor of the Florida Orchestra.
In 1989, Sanderling became one of Germany’s youngest conductors to take the position of Chief Conductor at the Brandenburgische Philharmonie and the Potsdam Opera. After five years, he went on to become Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatstheater in Mainz until 2001. He also served as Music Director of the Orchestre de Bretagne in France, before leaving to take up his post as Music Director of The Florida Orchestra a position he held until 2012. He has also held the position of Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra 2006/2011.
Born in East Berlin in 1964, the son of the late legendary conductor Kurt Sanderling, Mr. Sanderling studied musicology at the University of Halle and conducting at the conservatory in Leipzig with Kurt Masur before leaving East Germany to continue his studies in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Sanderling made his U.S. debut at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Since then he has led such prestigious North American Orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Salt Lake City Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.
About Gareth Johnson
Gareth travels the world as a soloist, master teacher, and educator, and is a dedicated composer and arranger of pop, contemporary, classical, and hip-hop music. For 2 years, Gareth served as Artist-in-Residence and Distinguished Lecturer at Albany State University and has now opened a private strings studio in Lake Worth, Florida. He also directs strings programs in three schools throughout Palm Beach County and is the Artistic Director of three youth orchestras in Saint Lucie County. Additionally, he is the founder and director of The Parlor Series, a concert series in Lake Worth, Florida devoted to developing and showcasing both world-class and local artistic talent. Gareth performs for major market international corporate events as an electric violinist as well.
As a soloist he has performed and held residencies with numerous orchestras in the United States including Seattle, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boston Pops, Baltimore, Annapolis, Detroit, Memphis; and has had several performances in Carnegie Hall. In the past five years Gareth has taught and performed in South Africa (Johannesburg and Durban) as well as Europe (England and the Netherlands). He adds these experiences to past tours in Asia (specifically China, Taiwan and the Republic of Hong Kong), Central America (El Salvador), and Europe (Germany and Austria). Gareth has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and several other world renowned string players.
About Mike MacNintch
Mike MacNintch has been playing bagpipes since 1977, originally learning from Avery Head, the Pipe Major of the Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band. In 1986 he joined the Manchester Pipe Band, under the direction of Pipe Major Chuck Murdoch. Mike was Pipe Major of the Manchester Pipe Band from 1998 until 2000. He has played throughout the Northeast US, as well as Canada, Scotland and Brittany with a variety of artists, including the Paul Winter Consort, the Breton pipe band Bagad Bro Kemperle, Scottish fiddler Paul Anderson, the Cambridge Revels, and has performed many times with The Chieftains. In addition to the Highland pipes, Mike plays the Scottish smallpipes, French cornemuse, and the Breton bombarde, biniou and veuze. He is a founding member of Bagad New York, the only Breton pipe band in North America, and is the pipe major of the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Pipe Band, based in Carmel, New York. When not performing or teaching bagpipes, Mike works for the well-known Uilleann (Irish) pipe maker Seth Gallagher, and also makes the Scottish smallpipes.