Summer Spectacular Concerts July 26 & 27

We invite you to join us for another free Summer Spectacular Concert in July! Piano virtuoso, Joseph Kingma, returns for another performance with the SHO, this time with the beautiful music of Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5 (Egyptian).

Also on the program, Rebecca Vendemo will lead the orchestra through Borodin’s powerful and dramatic 2nd Symphony and round it out with a two operatic selections by Tchaikovsky and Puccini.  You won’t want to miss it!

Summer Spectacular Concerts

Fri, July 26th, 7:30pm – Church at Station Hill, Spring Hill
Sat, July 27th, 7:30pm – Cherry Theater, Columbia State Community College
Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Joseph Kingma, piano

Program:
TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 (Egyptian)
PUCCINI Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
BORODIN Symphony No. 2

Masterclass and Recital with pianist Joseph Kingma

Both located at Steinway Gallery of Nashville
Masterclass | Thurs, Aug 1st | 10am-12pm
Recital | Fri, Aug 2nd | 7:30pm

Joseph Kingma, piano
Known for a sound that is “rich and encompassing, yet delicate and refined” and a “flawless and expressive” technique, pianist Joseph Kingma is in constant demand as both a performer and teacher. First prize winner of the American Liszt Society’s first annual Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, held at Ohio State University, he has also won awards in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Sorantin International Young Artists Competition, and the Monroe Symphony League’s Emerging Artists Competition. Joseph joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in the fall of 2018 as Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division.

Passionate about both performing and teaching, Joseph maintains a busy concertizing and teaching schedule. He has been featured as a masterclass clinician at universities and colleges nationwide, including William Carey University, University of North Alabama, Wheaton Conservatory of Music, and University of Toledo. Additionally, he performs regularly as a concerto soloist and has appeared with the Manassas Symphony, Illinois Valley Symphony, Monroe Symphony, and Spring Hill Orchestra, among others. He also performs extensively as a recitalist, performing on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (streamed live on WFMT-Chicago), the Good Shepherd International Concert Series, the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum Sunday Classical Concert Series, to name a few. A member of the American Liszt Society, he has also performed at its annual festival. His musical interests are wide-ranging, and his repertoire includes a wide variety of composers in the solo, concerto, and chamber genres. He is currently represented in North America by Elegy Artist Management.

Joseph graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with his DMA, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his BM and MM at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev.

 

2019 Season at a Glance

SHO Concert Schedule 2019

Klassical Kidz 

Sat, March 9th, 10am-11:30am – The Church at Station Hill, Spring Hill
(10am Instrument Petting Zoo | 10:30am Concert)

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
in partnership with Classical Conversations

Program
DELIBES Suite for Sylvia

 

Spring Gala Concert & Dinner Fundraiser 

March 30th, 6:30pm – UAW Hall Spring Hill
6pm – Doors Open for Pre Concert Reception | 6:30pm Concert | Dinner

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Amanda Nelson, coloratura soprano 
Justin Colón, lyric baritone

Program
DONIZETTI selections from Don Pasquale
MOZART selections from Die Zauberflöte
ROSSINI selections from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Spring Concert

Fri, April 26th, 7:30pm – Calvary United Methodist Church, Nashville
Sun, April 28th, 3:00pm –  Williamson County Enrichment Center, Franklin

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Guest Choirs:
Heritage Children’s Choir (Friday only)
Williamson County Community Chorus (Sun only)

Program
HUMPERDINCK Overture and selections from Hansel and Gretel
MOZART Ave Verum Corpus
VERDI Slave’s Chorus from Nabucco
ELGAR Enigma Variations (selections)

Summer Spectacular Concert

Fri, July 26th, 7:30pm – Church at Station Hill, Spring Hill
Sat, July 27th, 7:30pm – Cherry Theater, Columbia State Community College

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Joseph Kingma, piano

Program 
TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 “Egyptian”
PUCCINI Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
BORODIN Symphony No. 2

Masterclass and Recital with pianist Joseph Kingma

Both located at Steinway Gallery of Nashville
Masterclass | Thurs, Aug 1st | 10am-12pm
Recital | Fri, Aug 2nd | 7:30pm

Summer Chamber Concerts

Fri or Sat Aug 30 or 31, 7:30pm –  location TBD
Mon, Sept 2, 7:00pm – Labor Day Concert at Westview Pavillion, Spring Hill

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor and trumpet
Darick Baker, cello

Program
MENDELSSOHN Overture to Midsummers Night Dream
TCHAIKOVSKY Variatons on a Rococo Theme
HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto
SCHUBERT Symphony 3

Fall Frenzy Concerts

Fri, Oct 25th, 7:30pm – location TBD
Sat, Oct 26th, 7:30pm – location TBD

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Chantal Balestri, piano
Judith Markovich, composer

Program
MARKOVICH Emergence
GRIEG Piano Concerto
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 (“Organ“)

Christmas Concerts with Church at Station Hill

Sat, Dec 14th 3pm & 6pm
Sun, Dec 15th, 3pm & 6pm

Featured Musician: Erin Erdos, flute

SHO Member Since: Fall 2016

Current job: Director of Operations – Al McCree Entertainment. Freelance graphic designer.

Degree/college attended: BS in Music Business, Master of Music in Performance. Lee University.

At what age did you start playing flute and when/why did you decide to pursue music as a career:

I started playing flute in 5th grade at age 10. It’s something that came naturally at first, and was more fun to practice (to me) than other instruments I had tried. I had amazing band teachers and musical mentors who poured into me at an early age. I attended a summer music camp for 9 years and there I was surrounded by musical heroes who taught me that practice and experience was just as important if not more than natural talent. I can honestly say that I am probably at my happiest when I’m playing in a room of talented and dedicated musicians. I loved and still love being one little puzzle piece among many that create the final beautiful sound. If you’re sitting in the audience and you get goosebumps from a symphony, it’s because everyone was making something beautiful, not just one person. I love that.

Who is your musical hero or inspiration: Definitely my family. My mother grew up in a musical family and she raised me in the same way. Our house was filled with music and instruments and I’m so glad that it was my “normal.” I also owe a lot to my first flute teacher/band instructor Paula Humphreys. She stayed after school and gave me extra instruction and pieces to work on when I ran out of things to play in the band book. She was always incredibly encouraging and I’ll always appreciate the time and thought she put into my life.

A funny musical experience: At my first solo and ensemble band competition, my stand partner forgot a page from one of our pieces and we didn’t realize it until we were playing, in the concert. We froke out for a second but I kept playing, and at that moment I realized that I had memorized the piece. My band director said I had really excellent eye contact, and I said explained later why that was and he couldn’t stop laughing. That experience always stuck in my mind and lead me to do research in grad school on muscle memory and how our brain processes short term and long term information during practice sessions. Memorization comes easier to some people, and I wanted to learn how to teach it to anyone.

What was your first orchestral experience: I played in my church orchestra in middle school, and I remember being terrified. This wasn’t music camp, it was a bunch of adults who knew their stuff and for some reason they were letting me play long with them. It taught me to have confidence to play in the “silence.” Church orchestrations can be kind of sparse, so sometimes there’s only one flute playing at a time and if you’re too scared to play… nothing gets heard. It taught me to play loud and strong even if it was a wrong note, being too scared to play feels worse than a mistake.

Favorite composer: I love a good moody composer, so I’m very fond of French and Russian/czech music. Guys like Dvorak, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich wrote music that seemed so full of angst. In some cases it felt like their way of protesting political or personal issues, pouring all of it into music. And then Debussy and Faure are wonderful, they’re like stepping into a dream.

What music do you listen to in your free time: I listen to a lot of everything. Anything I listen to ends up getting a little analyzed so I appreciate artists like Ben Folds or Jack White who seem to know how to make every instrument sound the best. I love a lot of Classic Rock, Alt 90’s and singer songwriter styles. You’ll find anything from Metallica to to Simon & Garfunkel on my playlists. I’m also weirdly fond of Skrillex. He makes sounds that are almost alien, it can be a little mesmerizing.

Other: I’m big nerd. I can waste a lot of time talking about Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or the timespace plot holes in the Terminator franchise. I loathe running, but I’m very into fitness and eating healthy. I’ve been told that I know more about planning a Disney vacation than the average adult should know. I love to read and I love to cook. When I’m stressed, I make an absurd amount of baked goods, mostly Cake Pops. That’s about it. Oh and coffee. I drink a lot of that.

Featured Musician: Daphine Browning, cello

SHO Member Since: Summer 2015

Current job: Public Health Nurse Consultant

Degree/college attended: B.S. in Biology, Tennessee State University and B.S. in Nursing, Tennessee State University

At what age did you start playing cello and when/why did you decide to pursue music as a career: I was about 7 or 8 years old and I remember being at festival in my hometown, Mesa, AZ, watching a cellist playing in a quartet. I remember just falling in love with the sound of the cello and I grabbing my dad’s hand and pointing, telling him, “I want to play that!” So, when I entered the fourth grade, I began to play the cello and  continued playing throughout my high school years at Mountain View High School and in college at MTSU and TSU. I took private lessons in Arizona at a very serious studio where my teacher enhanced my natural playing ability and tried to encourage me to enter competitions and play in different settings. Although I loved playing, I didn’t have a longing to practice as a teen and young adult, so I didn’t pursue music as a career. Nevertheless, as time went by and I accomplished other career goals, I found myself longing to play again and my mother saw an ad in the paper about the Spring Hill Orchestra. Perfect Timing, God’s Timing. It had been about 6 years since I plucked a string, but I began playing like I had never put it down and it brought back a such an overwhelming feeling of joy. I fell in love all over again and began taking lessons again in hopes of starting my own cello studio in Spring Hill soon.

Who is your musical hero or inspiration:  Oh wow, well I really love listening to the cello icons Jacqueline Du Pre, YoYo Ma, Rostropovich, etc. Lately I am really feeling a lot of the classically inspired modern, pop music so The Piano Guys, Damien Escobar, 2Cellos, and ThatCelloGuy are definitely musical inspirations. Also, I like to follow the young cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Sujari Britt. Truly inspiring to watch them tap into their craft and be able to develop it the way they have.

A funny musical experience:  Honestly, I think some of the funniest musical experiences I have come from the conductor’s podium in the form of Corny Conductor Jokes. Thank you to all the conductors who think of themselves as comedians, especially Dr. Walter Temme, my high school orchestra conductor. You keep music fun.

What was your first orchestral experience: My first orchestral experience was actually my own concert! I still love playing in a full symphony orchestra!

Favorite composer: Some of my favorites are Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky.

What music do you listen to in your free time:  I listen to pretty much every type of genre there is (except heavy metal). Southern and contemporary gospel, rock, jazz, classical, pop, hip-hop, R&B, country, classical, you name it. I love music and I love to explore all it has to offer.

Join the SHO!

Are you looking for an opportunity to play with an orchestra? Consider joining the us. We are devoted to bringing classical orchestral music to the communities in the greater Nashville area and giving musicians the opportunity to be challenged. Founded in November 2014, this volunteer group is composed of a wonderfully diverse mix of people. We rehearse on Monday evenings in Spring Hill from 7-9pm and perform an average of five programs per year. Musicians who are currently playing with the orchestra also have the opportunity to solo with the orchestra.

We have some vacancies in our wind and percussion sections and lots of room in our string sections. If you want to sit in on rehearsal to see what it’s like please feel free to contact us and we will gladly make arrangements. We keep a running sub list for sections that are currently full so it’s likely you will get called on even if we do not currently have a vacancy. We have a great time exploring music together and bringing the highest level of music that we can to our audiences.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Please contact Orchestra Manager, Daphine Browning: daphine@springhillorchestra.org 

or

General: info@springhillorchestra.org