The Bronx Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-2023 season kicks off October 23 with free concerts at Lehman College

By SILE MOLONEY

BRONX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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Described as a true champion of Bronx arts, bandleader and artistic director, Michael Spierman, returns with the opening show of the 2022-23 season with the Bronx Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, October 23, at Lehman College Orchestra Headquarters. Kick-off at 3 p.m. with a program by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Rossini, the orchestra, founded more than 50 years ago, will give several performances in The Bronx, which will be free to the public. This is due to the company’s mission to make classical music concerts available to people of all economic levels, performed by top notch musicians, allowing them to experience the beauty of the orchestral repertoire.

Spierman, the founder of the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, will join the company’s 40 musicians from other major orchestras and Broadway shows, as well as special guest violinist Garry Ianco, for the concert series. The program includes “Symphony No. 104” by Joseph Haydn, “L’italiana in Algeri Overture” by Gioachino Rossini, “Violin Concerto” by Felix Mendelssohn and guest violinist, Garry Ianco.

The Concert Series media team provided the following background to the program:

“Symphony No. 104 in D Major” is Joseph Haydn’s last symphony and the last of the twelve London symphonies. The work was composed in 1795 while Haydn was living in London and premiered there at the King’s Theater on May 4, 1795. The premiere was a success and Haydn reportedly wrote in his diary at the time: “The whole company was delighted. and me too. He added: “I won 4,000 guilders that night; such a thing is only possible in England.

Rossini wrote “L’italiana in Algeri” when he was 21, saying it took him 18 days to complete the opera. It had a successful premiere at the Teatro San Benedetto in Venice on May 22, 1823. The music is characteristic of Rossini’s style, notable for its fusion of sustained, manic energy with elegant, immaculate melodies.

The “Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64”, is his last concerto. Well received at its premiere, it has remained among the most important and beloved violin concertos. Composed between 1838 and 1844, the work was premiered on March 13, 1845 and continues to occupy a central place in the violin repertoire.

Garry Ianco, guest violinist, enjoys a varied international career, ranging from performances with symphony orchestras to Broadway shows, including collaborations with artists, Richard Wolfe, Alexander Markov, Frederick Zlotkin and Nina Beilina. Ianco has been concertmaster with several orchestras, including the New Jersey Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Peter-by-the-Sea. With Chelsea Opera he was able to work closely with composers such as Lee Hoiby, Matthew Harris, Tom Cipullo and Seymour Barab.

On Broadway, Ianco was concertmaster in Cameron Mackintosh’s new productions of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Evita’. A passionate educator, Ianco was an assistant professor of music at New Jersey City University and held faculty positions at the Monmouth Conservatory of Music and the Judith Wharton School.

Originally from New York, Spierman founded the Bronx Symphony Orchestra in 1969 with a mission to bring music to people of all backgrounds and financial incomes. The Orchestra performs works from all eras, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century. The Orchestra’s unique spirit and level of excellence make it some of the most exciting concerts presented in the New York area. Spierman, artistic director of the Bronx Opera, served on the music faculty at Hunter College for 38 years, chaired the music panel of the New York State Council on the Arts, and has been invited to conduct orchestras in the United States, in England, Bulgaria and South America.

Lehman College is located at the Lovinger Theater, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, in The Bronx. No reservation is necessary. For any questions, call (929) 222 3973.

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