March 9, 2012
The centerpiece of our 60th anniversary season is a unique collaboration between the Akron Symphony and the Akron Art Museum, two distinguished area arts organizations – one a master of images, the other of orchestral sound. Both have deep roots in Akron’s community and culture.
Akron Chronogram, composed by Roger Zahab, will make its world premiere with videography by Laura Ruth Bidwell of the Akron Art Museum. Dave Brubeck and his son Chris will present a similar work they created, which was written to accompany 100 awe-inspiring Ansel Adams photographs. Dvorak – who advocated that American composers celebrate what is native to America – would certainly have approved. His Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” ties the evening together beautifully.
Roger Zahab, composer of Akron Chronogram, said of American Visions, “I believe that music = time + memory; and I have imagined Akron Chronogram as a time and space teleportation device which could be performed simultaneously with video by Laura Ruth Bidwell. I have tried to combine many strands of musical time, memories of the orchestra and the people who lived in it, as well as sound memories from Akron and its environs. I feel this will interconnect with Laura’s images in an unpredictable and beautiful way.”
The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s American Visions: 60th Anniversary Concert takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at EJ Thomas Hall. Great seats are available now for this highly anticipated concert. To order tickets, call the Akron Symphony ticket office at 330-535-8131 or click here.