Traverse Symphony Orchestra announces Copland and Sibelius

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 66th concert season by engaging and featuring talented local, national guest artists on every concert. The orchestra will explore new works and new collaborations, as well as revisit cherished favorites with familiar friends.

On Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium, award-wining Traverse Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist, Jeanmarie Riccobono takes center stage in Aaron Copland’s jazz-influenced Clarinet Concerto, offering a whirlwind tour of the quintessential American composer’s unique musical voices through an expansive lyrical landscape.

Riccobono was the 1996 Grand Prize Winner of the Boosey and Hawkes/Buffet North American Clarinet Competition, which allowed her the opportunity for a solo recital at the Paris Conservatory. She has participated in the Chautauqua, Aspen, Bay View and Sarasota Music Festivals and performed with the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy and the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra in Charleston, SC.

Riccobono is the adjunct instructor of clarinet at Northwestern Michigan College, is an “in demand” clinician for middle and high school music festivals and band events; has a private studio; and spends her summers teaching collegiate-level chamber music students; and performing as a faculty artist with the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey.

The Oct.14 program will also feature Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and with its sumptuous sounds, lush lyricism and powerful passion Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.

Interim Executive Director Gary Gatzke stated, “We’re thrilled to feature our high-level orchestral talent as guest soloists with the Symphony this season. The Traverse Symphony Orchestra is comprised of incredible musicians with impressive backgrounds and we’re so very fortunate to have these individuals in our community.”

Beyond October, the season will continue to gain momentum with works like Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town: 3 Dance Episodes and West Side Story, Beethoven’s Third Symphony (Eroica), Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

In April 2019, the Symphony closes its season with Carl Orff’s choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana in collaboration with NMC and Interlochen Arts Academy choirs.

For information on concerts, visit www.traversesymphony.org or call (231) 947-7120. Season sponsor is Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons. Guest soloists are sponsored by Carpet Galleria. Kevin Rhodes at the Podium is sponsored by Serra of Traverse City.

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