From his first conducting forays with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe to his chief conducting post with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra before landing as music director of Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer has always been at home before large-scale orchestras.
His upcoming program of chamber works for the Nova Chamber Music Series sees him in unfamiliar waters, in front of a chamber symphony of 15 players. In fact, it marks the first time Fischer will conduct chamber works in Utah, but with scores he’s no doubt more than capable of navigating.
The program is an omnibus of compositions ranging from the late romantic, with selected songs for mezzo soprano and piano by Richard Strauss, to the expansive minimalist ethos of John Adams’ “Chamber Symphony.” In between you’ll also get a hearty taste of the Second Viennese School of “atonal” Arnold Schoenberg—”Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Opus 9”—and the modernist flavors of Charles Ives’ “Selected Songs for Baritone and Piano.”
Kirsten Gunlogson is Sunday afternoon’s features mezzo soprano, with baritone Michael Chipman rounding out the pair featured on the Ives’ songs and Strauss lieder segments of the program.
“This is a thrilling, first-ever collaboration that should not be missed,” said Jason Hardnik, Nova Chamber Music Series artistic director, in press materials for the event.
As a concert program sure to fine-tune your sense of what’s possible in contemporary music, and for a Sunday afternoon, no less, it’s hard to disagree.
Utah Symphony music director Thierry Fischer conducts chamber symphonies
When • April 1, 3 p.m.
Where • Libby Gardner Concert Hall, 1375 Presidents Circle, University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City.
Info • $5-$18, or free to U students. Visit www.novaslc.org for more information.