The Stockton Symphony announced its 2018-19 season, with season subscription renewals mailed last week, and the emphasis is clearly on “Stockton.”
The 92nd season for the orchestra opens with a commissioned piece called “The Sights and Sounds of Stockton” and ends with “Sister Cities,” featuring music composed in the regions of Stockton’s seven sister cities.
In between, Chris Brubeck will return and play a trombone/trumpet duet with Cooper Walden of an original composition by Chris Brubeck, and later, local favorite and University of the Pacific Professor Frank Wiens will guest star on piano.
And that’s just the classics series.
The Pop series will open with a tribute to Broadway and later offer a tribute to movie music. The traditional Holiday Pops returns and it will end with Steve Lippian’s “Simply Sinatra.”
“It’s going to be a fun season,” symphony Executive Director Don Nelson said.
The opening classics concert, on Sept. 22, will feature “The Sights and Sounds of Stockton,” composed by John Wineglass, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner (Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series, for 'All My Children.' "
Students in San Joaquin Delta College Professor Adrian Brogger’s video class have gone around Stockton capturing images that strike them, and they’ll create a 10-minute video to accompany the world premiere of Wineglass’s composition.
“It’s something we’ve thought about, trying to create something we could focus on Stockton and work with local students,” Nelson said.
Conductor Peter Jaffe recommended Wineglass, a composer for movies and television programs who plays viola with the Monterey Symphony. Jaffe met Wineglass through the Association of California Symphony Orchestras.
“He’s a brilliant musical mind and has a fantastic sense of humor,” Jaffe said. “I thought this would be a great thing to have him write something for Stockton. He did a video program with the Monterey Symphony. I thought it would be great. Visuals are always compelling. I started talking with (Nelson) and it morphed into the idea of doing something about our culture.”
Another part of Stockton culture is Dave Brubeck’s legacy, and his son Chris will return on Nov. 10 and perform his own composition, “Piece by Piece,” playing trombone to Walden’s trumpet.
“It’s a jazzy piece,” Jaffe said.
The program scheduled for the day before Veterans Day will offer multiple styles and feature the Armed Forces Salute, Lili Boulander’s “D’un Matin de printemps” and Saint-Saens’ “Symphony No. 3.”
The final classics concert, the tribute to Stockton Sister Cities, was suggested by Symphony and Sister Cities board member Ben Reddish.
“For decades now we’ve all been involved with the buzz word of multiculturalism,” Jaffe said. “Rather than just doing it, having the sister cities puts some teeth in the concept. We have a fantastic menu of different sister cities, and each piece will represent those regions.”
Finding a piece from each city — Shimizu, Japan; IIoilo City, Philippines; Empalme, Mexico; Foshan, China; Parma, Italy; Battambang, Cambodia; and Asaba, Nigeria — was too challenging, but Jaffe said he’s found works composed within an hour’s drive of each city.
Parma, Italy, was the easiest, the city being near the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi. The symphony will perform his “Hymn and Triumphal March.” Empalme, Mexco was relatively easy, too, being located in the Sonora region. Jaffe selected contemporary composer Arturo Marquez’s “Conga del fuego Nuevo.” The rest of the program is not set, but it also will include a piece from Stockton.
The Pops series includes the ever-popular holiday show and celebrations of Broadway and movie hits.
It concludes with the music of Frank Sinatra with the return of Lippia.
“We did a survey of pops-goers a few a few months ago, and one of the questions was about various types of tribute shows,” Nelson said. “Frank Sinatra was one of them, and he won the day.”
Season subscribers already have been invited to renew their tickets. New subscribers will be allowed to purchase tickets in May.
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