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A New Season Begins! 

The Seven Hills Sinfonietta joyfully welcomes Dr. Aik Khai Pung as our new Music Director!

"The use of horn in the hunt is a tradition that can be traced from the 5th Century A.D. or earlier. It was used to assist in the hunt, to sound in triumph, or to signal others. As the new music director of The Seven Hills Sinfonietta, I wanted a triumphant opening concert with the orchestra. Thus, the first program will feature Haydn's Symphony No. 31, Horn Signal, and Schumann's Konzertstück for 4 solo French horns, to signify a new start. The opening piece, Smetana's The Moldau symbolizes a journey. Starting from the Cold and Warm Vltava, the springs go through an adventurous journey to finally flow toward Prague. I look forward to my new journey with this orchestra."

                                                                                                                              --Maestro Aik Khai Pung


 

 


Eight-year-old Cellist to Make Orchestral Debut on March 15 at Walnut Hills High School!

Eight-year-old prodigy Miriam Smith will make her orchestral debut performing Haydns C Major cello concerto.  Come be wowed by this huge talent in a tiny package!

Miss Smith studies cello with Sarah Kim.  Most recently she has earned honorable mention in the 2014 Walgreens Concerto Competition, honorable mention in the junior division of the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony concerto competition, and won the elementary division scholarship with the Cleveland Cello Society for 2014.  In addition to playing cello, she also studies piano with Julia Siciliano.  She enjoys ballet and is excited to perform in the Spring production with Le Jeune Dance Academy.  Playtime is often spent in bike rides with her older brother, soccer, tag, as well as cooking with mom and crocheting with grandma.

The rest of the concert explores the 19th century connection between French and Russian music, first with the charming ballet music from Charles Gounod's opera Faust and then with Rimsky-Korsakov's youthful first symphony, a work composed in the towering shadow of Tchaikovsky.


Pianist Joseph Vaz To Perform May 31

Our season closes with two of Mozart's tragicomic masterpieces, the overture to Don Giovanni and the 20th piano concerto, both in D minor, the saddest of all keys.  Our soloist is a young artist of considerable distinction, Joseph Vaz, a senior at Sycamore High School and a member (on the bass) of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.

We will finish our season in grand fashion with music by the American composer Howard Hanson. Hanson's 2nd Symphony, which he subtitled the "Romantic", is everything one could hope for from a score written in the first part of this century: sweeping, cinematic, lush, and above all transcendentally beautiful.


SHS to Premiere New Work by Music Director William White April 11

Quickly becoming an annual tradition, our Children's Concert this year is sure to delight audiences young and old alike!  This year's concert will feature another original work by our own music director, William White.  Kids, parents, grandparents, and whoever else shows up will be invited to sing along with everyone's favorite nursery rhyme songs as they are all interwoven into a story that goes down unexpected paths.  You won't want to miss this world premiere performance! 


CSO English Hornist Christoper Philpotts Joins SHS for Autumn Concert November 23

Join the Seven Hills Sinfonietta as we open our season with a concert of favorites, rarities, and treasures!  The major work on this concert, Antonín Dvoƙák's Symphony No. 8, has been an audience favorite since its premiere in 1890, known for its combination of memorable tunes, nostalgic orchestration, and brisk Czech rhythms.

The English horn, perhaps the rarest of solo instruments, then takes the spotlight for a work by the little-known Italian-German composer Enrico Wolf-Ferrari.  The Sinfonietta is delighted to welcome the Cincinnati Symphony's principal English horn player Christopher Philpotts as our soloist in this charming, pastoral work.

We open our concert with the bold, brazen work of the young Jean Sibelius in his Karelia Overture, a piece that has quite recently become a standard in the orchestral repertoire, despite its 120 year history.


The Forget-Me-Not Dancers and Bassist Maurice Todd Join SHS for a Festive Cotillion June 1

The Seven Hills Sinfonietta is joined by the Forget-Me-Not Dancers to present an evening of waltzes, polkas and foxtrots!  This concert will also feature Koussevitzky's Concerto in F# Minor for Double Bass and Orchestra, performed by audience favorite Maurice Todd.  Audience members are invited to join in the dancing (we'll have instructors on hand) or sit and listen to their favorite light dance music by the Strauss family and more!


SHS to Perform William White's "How to Become a Composer" April 12

The Seven Hill's Sinfonietta presents a performance of "How to Become a Composer" by our own conductor, William White.  This piece, for narrator and orchestra, tells the story of Jacob, a young boy who loves music and dreams of becoming a great composer.  There are many twists and turns along his path, but by the end, he learns some valuable lessons about life and music.

Mr. White's works for young audiences have been performed around the country, and are a great way to introduce new audiences to the instruments of the orchestra and the world of classical music.  The performance will be followed by an Instrument Petting Zoo, where members of the audience can get up close and personal with the instruments and musicians of the orchestra.


Trumpeters Adrienne Doctor and Barret Newman to Perform March 9

Join the Seven Hills Sinfonietta as we present music by two of the Romantic era's finest composers, Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn, Germans who lived and work in the immense shadow of Beethoven.  This concert will also feature Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 3. mvmt. 1, and Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets featuring Adrienne Doctor and Barret Newman.


CSO Cellist Alan Rafferty to Perform November 17

The Seven Hills Sinfonietta (SHS) is pleased to announce that cellist Alan Rafferty will join the ensemble for the North American Premiere of Victor Herbert's Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 3.

Following his appointment to the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, College- Conservatory of  Music, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist Alan Rafferty continues to gain recognition as a passionate and dedicated teacher. In demand as a clinician around the world, Mr. Rafferty returns to The Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China and joins the faculties of the Green Mountain Music Festival and Madeline Island Music Camp in the summer of 2014. Additionally, he returns to the Meadowmount School of Music to present Master Classes.

Recent students have been Grand Prize winners of the Music Teachers National Association Competition Senior Grand Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs College and High School Awards, First Prize of the Ohio American String Teachers Association Competition as well as numerous local and regional awards. As a chamber music coach, his groups have won the Gold Medal of the Junior Division of the Fischoff Competition and performed around the world.

A native of Albuquerque, NM, Mr. Rafferty made his solo debut playing the Dvorak Concerto with the Las Cruces Symphony at the age of 16 and has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions since.  In November 2013, Alan will give the North American premiere of Victor Herbert's first published work, the Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 3.  A frequent guest on recital and chamber series both locally and abroad, he also served as the cellist of the Rhine String Quartet from 2009-2012.

Mr. Rafferty completed his MM with Hans Jorgen Jensen as a Civic Orchestra Fellowship student at Northwestern University. He received his BM from the Cleveland Institute of Music where his primary teachers were Alan Harris, Merry Peckham and Richard Weiss.

Alan is active in the Starling Program, an advanced pre- college program at CCM, teaching cello and coaching chamber music. Additionally, he and his wife Sarah Kim, also an accomplished cellist, are co- founders and directors of the Cincinnati Young Artists which presents a weeklong Chamber Music and Cello Workshop each summer along with numerous activities throughout the school year- cincinnatiyoungartists.org.


Seven Hills Sinfonietta Announces First Concert of the 2013-14 Season

The Seven Hills Sinfonietta (SHS) is pleased to announce that cellist Alan Rafferty of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will join the ensemble for their first concert of the season on November 17.  The performance will include Rossini's Overture to La gazza ladra and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.


Cellist Benjamin Fryxell to Perform Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme June 2

The Seven Hills Sinfonietta (SHS) is pleased to announce that cellist Benjamin Fryxell will join the ensemble for a performance of Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33.

Mr. Fryxell, 18, has been praised for his beautiful tone, compelling interpretations, and dazzling technique.  As a soloist he has performed with the Blue Ash-Montgomer Symphony, the Blue Ash Youth Symphony, and the combined forces of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra as the grand prize winner in their 2012 concerto competion.

Next year, he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in cello performance at the Juilliard School in New York City.


Violinist Christina Nam To Perform Mozart’s 3rd Violin Concerto March 10

The Seven Hills Sinfonietta (SHS) is pleased to announce that violinist Christina Nam will join the ensemble for a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216.

As Music Director William White notes: “At this concert we’re focusing on two composers, both of whom are audience favorites: Mozart and Tchaikovsky.  There’s a further connection – Mozart was Tchaikovsky’s favorite composer.  We’ll open the concert with Mozart’s beloved overture to his fairytale opera, The Magic Flute, and we’ll also play Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, which moves from the dramatic to the playful.  Continuing the Sinfonietta’s longstanding tradition of introducing new talent, we will have the pleasure of performing Mozart’s 3rd violin concerto with 10-year-old violinist Christina Nam, a perfect fit, since the composer himself was also a child prodigy.”