Appalachian Spring

Apr 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
Appalachian Spring
Satellite Beach High School PAC - 300 Scorpion Ct, Satellite Beach, FL 32937

ADAMS, J. Chamber Symphony
COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
COPLAND Appalachian Spring
GINASTERA Harp Concerto

Jennifer Royals, clarinet
Haley Rhodeside, harp

A roster of Space Coast Symphony Orchestra stars headline this concert of American classics. Principal clarinetist, Jennifer Royals will perform Brooklyn-born Aaron Copland’s famous Clarinet Concerto.  Harpist, Haley Rhodeside will dazzle on Ginastera’s fiery Harp Concerto.    Most harp music showcases the instrument’s lyricism; with this concerto, Ginastera expanded the harp’s palette of colors and subverted conventional expectations of what the instrument should sound like.  These effects, coupled with Argentinean-accented dance rhythms, combine to create a wholly new, unique, and exciting soundscape for the harp, one that demands the utmost in precision and virtuosity.  Ginastera exploits every facet of the harp’s qualities: ethereal grace, harsh, percussive accents, strong rhythmic passages, and diaphanous “out-of-time” atmospherics that astonish and ravish the ear.   What do the Road Runner cartoon and Arnold Schoenberg have in common?  The answer is John Adams’s Chamber Symphony.  While Adams was studying the score to Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony, his son was watching cartoons in an adjacent room. Frenetic cartoon music mixed with Schoenberg’s in Adams’s head and an idea was hatched.   The Chamber Symphony is a tour de force work.     The program closes with Copland’s beautiful Appalachian Spring, the Pulitzer Prize-winning depiction of the American idyll, which also popularized the Shaker folk song “Simple Gifts.”

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Artist Information

Haley RhodesideHaley Amanda Rhodeside is 21 years old and began playing the harp at age six. Haley studied for nine years with Jan Jennings in Orlando, FL. For the past four years, she studied under the tutelage of Susann McDonald at Indiana University, where she was a National Merit Scholar pursuing a double degree in Harp Performance and Mathematics. Haley recently graduated in May 2013, and will continue her studies in the Master of Music program at Yale this fall.

Currently, Haley is preparing for the USA International Harp Competition, which will take place in July. She was also a participant in the previous USA Competition in 2010. For her junior recital at Indiana University in March 2012, she was awarded a Performer’s Certificate from the Jacobs School of Music faculty. Haley has also won numerous other awards, such as 1st prize in the Young Artist’s Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, GA, 1st place in the strings category, 3rd place overall in the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park’s annual Young Artists Competition, 2nd prize in the Mount Dora Young Artist’s Competition, and 1st prize in the Space Coast Pops Young Performing Artists Competition, among others. In May of 2009, the International Harp Museum presented her in a solo recital.

Haley has performed as a harpist for many musical groups, including the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Space Coast Pops, Indialantic Chamber Choir, Central Florida Winds, and Brevard Early Music Ensemble. She has also played with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, New Music ensemble and many other student ensembles at IU. She was a Concerto Contest Winner for the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2007 and 2009 and was their principal harpist for three years. She has premiered works for harp solo, in student film, orchestra, and chamber groups.

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