Symphony Series: Melodies & Monsters
Sunday, March 1, 2020 | 3pm
Free "Inside the Music" Pre-Concert Talk, 2pm, Cordiner Lobby
Elfrida Andrée - Concert Overture in D Major
Haydn - Trumpet Concerto
William Berry, trumpet
Duncan Neilson - “The Monster”
with animated woodcuts by Liz Gill Neilson
Whitman College Chamber Singers
Miles Canaday, Director
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Did you know?
Elfrida Andrée’s Concerto Overture in D Major was reconstructed from manuscript by former Whitman College music professor Susan Pickett and then performed by the Walla Walla Symphony in 1998.
Haydn wrote the Trumpet Concerto with the specific intent of “showing off” the capabilities of a brand new trumpet designed by German trumpet virtuoso Anton Weidinger, the “keyed trumpet.”
Duncan Neilson’s The Monster is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein from the Monster’s point of view.
About the guest artists
William Berry received his Bachelor of Music Performance in Trumpet in 1982 from Indiana University, where he studied with Louis Davidson, Allan Dean and Charles Gorham. He has been principal trumpet for the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra since 1997 and from 1988 to 2012 was a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the Spokane Symphony, the Walla Walla Symphony, and many other ensembles.
William is founder and artistic director of Clarion, the 13-member brass choir, which has been performing since 1992. Clarion has recorded 3 popular compact discs entirely comprised of William's Christmas and holiday arrangements, Nutcracker Suite Dreams, A Partridge in a Pear Tree, and Reindeer Games, and in 2003 he wrote and released a recording, Angels, a large-scale work for two choruses, brass, percussion, and organ. A past winner of the Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship for music, William has recently composed music for a musical theater version of Moby Dick, which was premiered in a production at Spokane Civic Theatre in April of 2019.
Miles Canaday is Assistant Professor of Music at Whitman College, where he is the Director of Choral Activities. Miles served as Visiting Director of Choirs at William & Mary, and was previously the Assistant Conductor for the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. Before his work in western New York, he conducted collegiate, church and community ensembles across Colorado, including the Metropolitan State University of Denver Women’s Chamber Choir, the Laudamus Chamber Chorale of Fort Collins, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Choirs in Aurora.
Miles graduated with a B. A. in music with honors from Harvard College, where he studied conducting with Jameson Marvin and Federico Cortese and was President of the Harvard Glee Club. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Dr. William Weinert. Miles completed a doctoral research project on the unpublished choral works of Spanish Renaissance composer Sebastián de Vivanco, and was the recipient of the Walter Hagen Prize in Conducting. Miles received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, studying with Profs. Marguerite Brooks and Jeffrey Douma.
Whitman Chambers Singers consists of 24 vocalists, mostly juniors and seniors, with a high level of musicianship. This ensemble performs choral literature from all time periods with an emphasis on a cappella repertoire. Chamber Singers tours regularly, most recently performing with the Whitman Orchestra at the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) conference at MIT in February 2019. Chamber Singers often collaborates on special projects with the Walla Walla Symphony and visiting composers and artists, most recently premiering works by Kristin Vining and Carlos Velez. In the Spring of 2018, Chamber Singers collaborated with choreographer Laura Pietiläinen on a production of Requiem Osun by Cuban composer Calixto Alvarez. In the Spring of 2016, Chamber Singers participated via video recording in Zodiak Dance Theatre's production of Michaela—the Queen of Everything in Helsinki, Finland.