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October 15, 2013 > Fremont Symphony Orchestra launches 50th season

Fremont Symphony Orchestra launches 50th season

Submitted By Lee Foster

When the Fremont Symphony opens its 50th Season on October 19th, there will be more to celebrate than a golden anniversary. It will be a celebration of the diversity of a community that united to save the orchestra they call their own.

Throughout the previous year at Fremont Symphony, Resident Conductor and Music Director Gregory Van Sudmeier along with Executive Director Lee Foster took time to meet with the many patrons, schools, donors and diverse community groups of Fremont and listen to what they wanted out of their own professional symphony orchestra.
"The 49th season was a year for asking questions and figuring out who we were and determining the relevance of who we wanted to be, and what the community wanted us to be," says Executive Director Lee Foster.

"We continued to ask the community what they were most proud of. We were particularly moved by the answers that we heard, one being this idea of unity. Time after time people told us how diverse Fremont truly is. It was always said with such a sense of pride, which is why we decided to call the first concert of the season World Tour: Unity to celebrate our 50th season and the diversity and unity of Fremont." Armed with this new knowledge and the true orchestral voice of Fremont in their minds, Sudmeier and Foster open the season with something the people wanted to see, a one-night-only performance about unity.

"The one thing that will heal our world is the celebration of what unifies us. There is nothing quite like joining together to experience the amazing power and incredible beauty in symphonic music, a beauty that demonstrates the true unity of the human spirit," says Sudmeier. "Hearing music from so many countries all in one concert is a testimony to the fact that we all share the spark of creativity and are indeed one in spirit."

When asked about what drove Sudmeier to pair such unique artists as Hecheng Liu with Hillbarn Theatre's Ragtime chorus or the beauty of Tchaikovsky, he replied with a smile, "A Chinese prairie song from Outer Mongolia can be surprisingly similar to the emotional brilliance of Italian master Giacomo Puccini. The global human struggles for equality can be represented in the American musical "Ragtime," and the eternal hope for a time when loving equality is finally realized as expressed in monumental Russian music."

Sudmeier is no stranger to the many different genres of music. From his beginnings as a conductor at Chabot College, Sudmeier has covered the gamut of music knowledge, working not only with symphony orchestra but also with Skywalker Sound, multi-platinum recording artists and dozens of theatrical houses in the region. Sudmeier has been praised by his peers for breathing life and beauty with orchestras and musicians alike. A colleague describes Sudmeier as " of the most influential conductors in the Bay Area. His ability to pull simple notes off a page and translate them into emotional responses is unmatched. There is a simplistic beauty in his non-verbal communication while working on a piece of music, with vocalists or with orchestras."

World Tour: Unity will feature such artists as Hecheng Liu, who will explore the beauty of the pipa; Shirley Muramoto and her ensemble of koto players will premiere Fireflies by Muramoto and arranged by world class composer Kim Scharnberg; Liam Tiernan, the angelic Irish tenor; Erica Richardson and the Ragtime chorus bringing to life music of Flaherty & Ahrens; world renowned Paraguayan harpist Carlos Reyes, who was recently seen playing at the White House; and Julio Reyes entrances audiences with this inspired acoustic guitar talents. Each artist will be accompanied by the incomparable musicians of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Sudmeier.

In conclusion Sudmeier says "All of this, and more, will happen at the October 19th concert with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. Come support the local arts and rejoice in an experience you will never forget. Be transformed through a musical world tour that mirrors both the diversity and cultural unity that is Fremont and everywhere."

This 50th anniversary season will be nothing short of a work of beauty. Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison will serve as emcee for this not-to-be-missed event.

Fremont Symphony opening
Saturday, Oct 19
8 p.m.
Ohlone College Smith Center
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(877) 938-9240

This 50th anniversary season continues with Pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi in recital on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8 pm at the Logan High School Performing Arts Center, Union City. Pianist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Keisuke Nakagoshi has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony under both Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas.

On Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 7 pm at Smith Center, Ohlone College, the Symphony will honor the rich history of the Fremont community as well as the current energy of its citizens with A Celebration of Fremont. The Symphony's commitment to youth and artistic education will be represented by cellist Connor Kim, winner of the Fremont Symphony's 2012 Young Artist Competition.

Rounding out the season will be Grammy Award nominees and winners of the International Tango Competition in 2004, Quartet San Francisco on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8 pm at Smith Center, Ohlone College. Fremont Symphony Orchestra 3 of 3

Four-show subscriptions to the FSO 2013-14 Season start at $155 for adults depending on seating and $70 for students. Single tickets for FSO performances are $45 and $49 for adults and $20 for children. Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased through the Box Office at 877-938-9240, Tuesday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, or online at Free parking is available at all performances with a complimentary shuttle courtesy of Fremont Bank at Smith Center, Ohone College. The season is underwritten in part by the Fremont Bank Foundation, also celebrating their 50th anniversary.

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