Symphony Number One presents Music for Strings: Dvořák, Schoenberg, and Murphy at Grace and St. Peter's Church in Baltimore on Oct 17 at 8pm & Oct 18 at 3pm. Selections to include Dvořák's Serenade for Strings, Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, and a world premiere by Australian composer Nicole Murphy.
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Symphony Number One continues its inaugural season with Dvořák's Serenade for Strings, Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, and a world premiere by award-winning composer Nicole Murphy. 

BALTIMORE, MD  —  Join Symphony Number One for an evening of sensational music for strings! Described by the Baltimore Sun as "a worthwhile addition to [Baltimore's] music scene," the second program of the season opens with Dvořák's Serenade for Strings, one of his most popular orchestral works for audiences and musicians alike. A string orchestra arrangement of Arnold Schoenberg's hauntingly beautiful Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) follows. Originally composed for string sextet, this one-movement work weaves the tale of two young lovers' journey. The highlight of the program will be a world premiere for string orchestra by award-winning Australian composer Nicole Murphy

Symphony Number One will perform at Grace and St. Peter's Church on October 17 at 8pm and October 18 at 3pm with the world premiere of Nicole Murphy's newest work for chamber orchestra. Led by conductor Jordan Randall Smith, the program will also feature two orchestral staples: Dvořák's Serenade for Strings and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht
Written in the same year as his Symphony No. 5, Dvořák's charming Serenade for Strings exhibits elements of both the serenade and the symphonic genres. The dreamlike larghetto theme unifies the ebb and flow between youthfulness and nostalgia throughout the five-movement serenade. 

A young, 25-year-old Schoenberg composed his famous Verklärte Nacht in just three weeks during a vacation in the scenic Austrian countryside. Its lush post-Romantic tones travel the road between the first and last lines of Richard Dehmel's poem Weib und Welt: "Two people walk through bleak, cold woods... Two people walk through an exalted, shining night." Continuously transforming themes and motifs render an intensely expressive musical depiction of the powerful human drama. 

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Venue: Grace and St. Peter's Church
Address: 707 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
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Symphony Number One is pleased to present Jonathan Russell as the headline composer for its third concert on March 25 & 26. Russell will compose an expansive new work for chamber orchestra which will be performed alongside Boulez's formidable Dérive 2.  
Jordan Randall Smith
Music Director
Gustav Mahler
Nicole Murphy
Nicholas Bentz
Founded in 2014, Symphony Number One is the newest chamber orchestra in Baltimore’s grassroots performing arts space. Led by Music Director Jordan Randall Smith, Symphony Number One offers a unique model for presenting new music by bringing together great composers of the past, virtuoso performers of the present, and the leading compositional voices of the future. The orchestra is not exclusively devoted to the performance of new music. Instead, each program presents a new, large-scale composition alongside classical masterworks, custom-tailored to work together and highlight the featured composer. These concerts will also serve a larger mission: provide other grassroots ensembles with exciting programs to re-invigorate the American classical landscape while giving composers a chance to have their works performed again.
Symphony Number One’s creative team joins Baltimore’s thriving startup culture; the organization was founded by Music Director Jordan Randall Smith. A Dallas native, Smith previously co-founded and conducted Ars Nova Dallas and the Dallas Festival of Modern Music as Artistic Director. He received a Bruno Walter fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, studying with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier both at Cabrillo and at the Peabody Conservatory. 
Transplanted to Baltimore, Smith recruited a creative team of colleagues from the Peabody Conservatory: Nicholas Bentz, Sean Meyers, Melissa Lander, and Christopher Ciampoli. The creative team pools expertise gleaned from their work with other Baltimore contemporary music projects and major ensembles, such as Sonar, Occasional Symphony, and the US Army Field Band. Having recently completed a major round of auditions, the orchestra has brought on musicians Selena Adams, Sarah McIver, Elizabeth Hill, Nehemiah Russell, Kassie Ferrero, Michelle Rofrano, Kika Wright, Susan Summers, and Emily Madsen. Each core member of the orchestra is also an integral member of the administration of the orchestra.

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March 25-26: This March will roar like a lion with Play of Light: Boulez, Russell, featuring Pierre Boulez's formidable Dérive 2, a powerful 20th century kaleidoscope for chamber orchestra. Also on this concert will be the world premiere of a new work for chamber orchestra by Jonathan Russell, the winner of our 2015 Call for Scores. 

In Summer 2015, dozens of composers from around the world sent scores and recordings of their best works. The winners of this competition, Jonathan Russell and Andrew Posner were each commissioned to write a new piece to be performed alongside a chamber masterwork. Visit our event on Facebook.

May 6-7: Symphony Number One closes its inaugural season with John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony. Adams puts a new spin on some of his earlier music in this rambunctious, high-octane work for chamber orchestra.

Also on the program is a world premiere by our Call for Scores winner Andrew Posner. Nick Omiccioli's [fuse] rounds out the program. Don't miss out on Symphony Number One's season finale! Visit our event on Facebook.

Pictured below (left to right): featured composers Nicole Murphy, Andrew Posner, Nick Omiccioli, and Jonathan Russell. Andrew and Jonathan are the winners of our 2015 Call for Scores, and Nick received honorable mention for his work [fuse] for chamber orchestra.

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