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Celebration!

  • Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts 250 East Beach Street Watsonville, CA, 95076 United States (map)

MARCH 24/25, 2018

We begin with Mozart’s joyful Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.  The opera is based on a stage comedy by Pierre BeaumarchaisLa folle journée, ou le Mariage de Figaro ("The Mad Day, or The Marriage of Figaro"), and was performed in 1784. It tells how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer Count Almaviva to seduce Susanna and teaching him a lesson in fidelity.  Perhaps many of you will remember the prior exploits of Figaro as he helped Count Almaviva seduce Rosina in The Barber of Seville which we performed in 2016. The upbeat Overture is 4.5 minutes long. 

We will then be treated to the World Premiere of Daniel Stewart's latest composition, Social Media, written in 2017 for the Santa Cruz Symphony in honor of its 60th Anniversary Season.

We conclude the first half with 2016 Klein International String Competition winner Will Langlie-Miletich performing Giovanni Bottisini’s dramatic Bass Concerto No. 2.  This piece lasts about 14 minutes.

We begin the second half celebrating the late great local legend Lou Harrison’s 100th birthday with Suite from Wedding at the Eiffel Tower which he wrote for the Santa Cruz Symphony in 1961. The Suite lasts about an hour.

We conclude with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola K364, featuring San Francisco Symphony's violinist In Sun Jang and our own Daniel Stewart on viola. This piece is 30 minutes long.

PROGRAM

Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro  (Listen)     

Stewart - Social Media (World Premiere)

Bottesini - Bass Concerto No. 2 (Listen)
  William Langlie-Miletich, bass

INTERMISSION

Harrison - Suite from Marriage at the Eiffel Tower (Listen)

Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola K364 (Listen)
  InSun Jang, violin
  Daniel Stewart, viola

THE SOLOISTS

A dynamic performer of multiple genres, Will Langlie-Miletich got his start in music at the age of 8 playing the riffs of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin on the guitar. After picking up the double bass at age 11, Will has had an extensive performance career in classical, jazz and many popular genres of music.

Will has been a two-time fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School, attended Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and participated in the Hammond Ashley Memorial Double Bass Workshop and Wabass Institute. He was principal double bass of the Seattle Youth Symphony and the Thalia Symphony Orchestra, and in 2013 was associate principal of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the U.S. on its tour of Washington D.C., Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London.
 

Will Langlie Miletich, Bass

Will Langlie Miletich, Bass

In 2016, Will became the first double bassist to place first in the Irving Klein International Strings Competition. Will was also recognized with the Pablo Casals Prize for his performance of solo Bach. In 2017, Will won second prize in the International Society of Bassist Solo Competition in addition to winning the prize for best performance of the commissioned work by Francois Rabbath and co-winning the Thomas Martin prize for best performance of a work by Bottesini. In 2013, Will was among the prize winners in the Seattle Symphony Young Artists Competition, performing the first movement of Giovanni Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto no. 2 in B minor with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

As a jazz bassist, Will was recognized in 2014 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington contest as an outstanding bassist. He has performed in the Montreux, Lyon, and Umbria Jazz Festivals.

In addition to Double Bass performance, Will pursues an interest in music composition. From 2012 to 2014, Will participated in the Seattle Symphony’s Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, where he studied under Dr. Samuel Jones and Dr. Huck Hodge. Will currently studies composition privately with Dr. Noam Sivan.

Admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 16, where he is the Milton Levy Fellow, Will is in his fourth year of instruction with Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer.

 

In Sun Jang, a top prize winner at the International Henryk Szeryng Violin Competition, made her Japanese recital debut in 2004, playing for sold-out audiences at the Airefu Hall in Fukuoka and at the Cultural hall in Shiida, Japan. She has appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony, the Puchon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nanpa Festival Orchestra.

In 2001, by special invitation of the late Isaac Stern, Ms. Jang performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop. She has collaborated with some of the world’s top artists, performing with Menahem Pressler and Orion String Quartet. Her numerous engagements as a chamber musician have taken her to venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Miyazaki Prefectural Arts Center in Miyazaki, Japan and the LG Art Center in Seoul, Korea.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Ms. Jang began studying violin and piano at the age of four. She graduated from the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein. Prior to joining San Francisco Symphony, she was a concertmaster with the New World Symphony.

In Sun Jang, Violin

In Sun Jang, Violin

Earlier Event: March 24
Celebration!
Later Event: May 4
Free Open Rehearsal