Story posted January 05, 2011
The Portland Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of "Diamond Jubilee," a new composition by Elliott Schwartz, Bowdoin's Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in Portland's Merrill Auditorium.
It has been nearly a decade since Schwartz's last work for large orchestra. This PSO-commissioned work is Schwartz's first to incorporate aspects of visual art, electronics and theatrical gesture.
"Diamond jubilee" is a term often used for a 75th anniversary celebration — in this case, the composer's birthday. The piece is a retrospective look back over the past 75 years, from 1936 to the present.
The two other works on the program are Prokofiev's "Concerto for Piano no. 3 in C Major, Op.26" and Shostakovich's "Symphony no. 5 in D minor, Op. 47."
Schwartz and PSO violinist Deirdre Oehrtmann will give an informal public talk about the composition at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at the Portland Conservatory of Music, 202 Woodford Street, Woodfords Church, Memorial Hall, Portland.
For tickets or information on the concert, contact the Portland Symphony Orchestra box office at (207) 842-0800.