NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A highlight of an upcoming concert of the Symphony Orchestra at Stephen F. Austin State University will be a performance of composer Max Richter’s “The Four Seasons Recomposed.”
The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Gregory Grabowski, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Cole Concert Hall. Seating is limited, and audience members must wear facial coverings and socially distance themselves from others not in their immediate group.
Based on Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” Richter’s “The Four Seasons Recomposed” will feature SFA’s Dr. Jennifer Dalmas on violin.
“Richter writes in such a beautiful, atmospheric, post-minimalist style that’s so different than what we normally perform in the concert hall,” Grabowski said. “When you first hear it, you immediately recognize Vivaldi, but it is completely different and has become a piece of its own. It has an appeal both to the typical concert goer and to someone who is new to orchestral music.
“I’m also so excited to work with Dr. Dalmas,” he added. “She is such a wonderful musician, violinist and human being, and it all shows when she plays. This performance is going to be special not only because Richter composed something so wonderful, but also because Dr. Dalmas is performing the solo better than I’ve heard anyone else play it.”
Richter has had a broad compositional career in the concert hall as well as in television and film, having written the film score for Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” and “The Four Seasons Recomposed” is the title music to the Netflix original series “Chef’s Table.”
The concert will also feature Antonin Dvorak’s “Wind Serenade,” conducted by SFA graduate student Matthew Warren of Santa Fe, Texas.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu. For additional information, contact the SFA School of Music at (936) 468-4602. The performance will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on March 3 on the SFA Symphony Orchestra YouTube page.