Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CoM faculty collaborate, perform with Netanya Orchestra

The FSU College of Music was recently represented in five concerts with the Netanya Chamber Orchestra, one of Israel’s leading orchestras. Dr. Alexander Jiménez (Director of Orchestral Activities at the FSU College of Music) opened the NCO’s November Centennial Series, conducting the orchestra in performances of representative masterpieces that characterized states of mind and experience at the turning points of the past three centuries. Works on this program included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1800), selections from Sibelius’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46 (1900), and the Clarinet Concerto (2000-2001) by Ellen Taafe Zwilich (FSU’s Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor of Composition), one of the most-performed living American composers. Dr. Jonathan Holden (Assistant Professor of Clarinet) joined the ensemble as soloist on the Clarinet Concerto, a composition shaped by the events of 9/11.

The Jerusalem Post featured an interview with Ellen Taafe Zwillich in advance of the performances, the text of which may be viewed online here: Zwilich interview.