San José Chamber Orchestra | Barbara Day Turner conductor
Layna Chianakas mezzo-soprano
William Trimble soprano saxophone; Patricia Emerson Mitchell, english horn
Celebrating their 25th-anniversary concert season in 2016, the San José Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestra Barbara Day Turner, presents a commemorative collection of contemporary works on Navona Records, showcasing the ensemble’s commitment to new music as well as their stylistic versatility.
Michael Ching’s Piano Concerto is a work of variations on a theme aiming to capture the melodic grandeur and spirit of composers like Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt and Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler’s Saints is a cycle of five songs about faith and humans’ passionate exploration to understand the heart of God. San José Mercury News calls Saints “succinct, the emotions unmistakable, [and] the craft unerring.” Michael Touchi proposes the following question to summarize his inspiration for Tango Barroco: “What if Antonio Vivaldi had lived in the Argentina of the 1930s?”
Impassioned and poised, the San José Chamber Orchestra and Day Turner demonstrate the eclectic programming an audience member can experience at one of their concerts with these commanding and captivating performances.