The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2020-2021 season on April 22 with a program highlighted by the world premiere of Restored Images, a work by internationally acclaimed American composer James Lee III.
The concert also includes Astor Piazzolla’s Aconcagua Concerto for Bandoneon, Percussion and String Orchestra, with the virtuoso bandoneonist Rodolfo Zanetti, and Arnold Schoenberg’s romantic Verklarte Nacht.
Tickets to attend the performance as a member of the live, socially-distanced audience of up to 150 individuals are $45, while supplies last. Tickets to view the concert livestream are $15. Both in-person and virtual tickets include a special pre-concert event hosted by Mid-Atlantic Symphony Music Director Julien Benichou, as well as on-demand replays of the concert through May 2.
In 2016, Maestro Benichou and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony premiered Dr. Lee’s Mother’s Lament: So Many Names Unknown, based on a poem by Vincent Dion Stringer, with soprano Marquita Lister and the Morgan State University Choir.
Dr. Lee, a Maryland resident, has received commissions from the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Hailed by The Washington Post for his “bright, pure music,” his works also have been premiered and performed internationally in Brazil, Argentina, Russia and Cuba.
Guest soloist Rodolfo Zanetti is a native of Argentina, where the bandoneon is particularly popular and an essential instrument in most tango ensembles. Dedicated to playing tango from an early age, he joined the Mancifesta Orchestra and Tango & Punto before co-founding the Quintet Bandó, with which he made well received tours to Washington, Chicago and New York.
The only professional symphony orchestra serving Maryland’s Eastern Shore and southern Delaware, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council; the Talbot County Arts Council; the Worcester County Arts Council; the Sussex County, DE Council; and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.