On Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 PM, the New World Symphony celebrates the Pulitzer Centennial, commemorating a century of the Pulitzer Prize, “100 Years of Excellence in Journalism and the Arts.” This unique chamber music concert “Taking the Prize: A Pulitzer Centennial Celebration” features three winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The award is given “for distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States" and honors both the individual piece and its composer. This concert is part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative. The Pulitzer Prize Board launched a "national initiative to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary and artistic values they represent." The project includes events and conversations across the country throughout the year about the “impact of journalism and the humanities on our lives and times, illuminating their value to public life today and imagining their future.” This Pulitzer Prize musical celebration will be enhanced not only by the presence of composer Paul Moravec, but videos of Copland and Reich talking about each of their pieces will also be shown during the concert.
Paul Moravec, Steve Reich, Aaron Copland
APPALACHIAN SPRING, Double Sextet, Tempest Fantasy
Established in 1987 under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, this unique educational environment prepares gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world.
Since its inaugural concert on February 4, 1988, the New World Symphony has been heard in such prestigious venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, London's Barbican Centre, Paris's Bastille Opera and Argentina's Teatro Colon.
NWS has been televised on PBS, London Weekend Television and Univision. New World Symphony tours have included performances in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Monaco, and throughout the United States. The New World Symphony has worked with such internationally recognized conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Marek Janowski, David Robertson, Christoph Eschenbach and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski; violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Midori, Gil Shaham and Sarah Chang; and such other artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, John Adams, Emanuel Ax, Yuri Bashmet, Barbara Hendricks and Gloria Estefan.
In 1991, Mr. Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony were presented in a series of benefit concerts for UNICEF in the U.S. featuring Audrey Hepburn as narrator of From the Diary of Anne Frank, composed by Mr. Tilson Thomas and commissioned by UNICEF. In April 1995, Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians performed with Debra Winger for the season finale concerts in Miami, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and New York's Avery Fisher Hall.
The New World Symphony has made seven recordings to date. In January 1997, BMG Classics released NWS' first recording on the RCA Red Seal label with Mr. Tilson Thomas leading the musicians in works by Heitor Villa-Lobos. A second disc for RCA Red Seal entitled New World Jazz was released in September 1998, and features Mr. Tilson Thomas and the orchestra in vibrant interpretations of jazz-inspired works by 20th-century composers. On Argo/Decca, the Grammy-nominated Tangazo, featuring Latin-American classics with Michael Tilson Thomas, was released in March 1993; Four Parables, with John Nelson conducting music of the American composer Paul Schoenfield, was released in June 1994. Defining Dahl: The Music of Ingolf Dahl, conducted by Mr. Tilson Thomas, was released in 1995, also on the Argo label. Other releases on Argo/Decca include Coptic Light, music of Morton Feldman led by Mr. Tilson Thomas, and Amy Beach's piano concerto with soloist Alan Feinberg and conductor John Nelson.
In the 27 years since its inception, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 900 alumni worldwide. In North America, they are members of such ensembles as the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Symphony. Their placement in foreign orchestras includes symphonies and chamber orchestras in Germany, China, Hong Kong, France and Spain. In addition, many New World Symphony musicians have chosen career paths in chamber music, music education and arts management.
Hailed for his “elegance and energy” (Classical Miami Magazine) and described as a “marvelous, musical mad scientist” (Music Critics Association of North America), pianist John Wilson is a third-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has performed in North America, South America and Europe, and as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony and Orchestra Camerata. He has presented solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center and at The American Academy of Arts and Letters. A top-prize winner in international piano competitions, he was most recently awarded the Best Performance of an American Work at the 2017 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. He is the recipient of the silver medal at the American Prize Foundation in Solo Piano Performance. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared in chamber ensembles with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and San Diego Symphony.
Dedicated to contemporary music, Mr. Wilson has performed the U.S and world premiere performances of solo piano works by Michael Tilson Thomas and Timo Andres, and ensemble works by Reinbert de Leeuw, HK Gruber and Bernd Deutsch. He has performed duo recitals with violinist Joshua Bell numerous times, as well as with cellist Johannes Moser. He has additionally collaborated with soprano Audra McDonald, violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. As an ensemble musician he has appeared under some of the world’s leading conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Stéphane Denève and John Williams. He frequently serves as Guest Principal Keyboard for the Milwaukee Symphony and San Diego Symphony.
An exceptionally versatile musician, classically trained Bulgarian violinist Dima Dimitrova has collaborated with artists of many different genres, such as Lang-Lang, Herbie Hancock, Jon Batiste, Anne-Sophie Mutter, to name a few. At 25, Ms. Dimitrova has performed on four continents in major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Albert Hall in London, Beijing Concert Hall, Amphitheatre Palace Of Charles V Granada, Spain, Berlin O2 Arena performing as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician.
An avid advocate for arts education, Ms. Dimitrova has been a part of numerous community engagement projects. As co-founder of the Ostinato Project, a two-part community service initiative, Ms. Dimitrova travelled to Bulgaria in June 2014. One component of the project brings innovative arts education to Bulgarian orphans, who are notoriously underserved and left without sufficient educational or recreational resources. The other aspect of the project pairs students from the National Academy of Music in Sofia with local hospices to bring music to patients who greatly need it while encouraging a spirit of community outreach amongst the next generation of musicians. The project continues on an annual basis.
As a devoted teacher Ms. Dimitrova served as a faculty member at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in New York City where she taught private violin lessons from 2010 to 2014. While still a student at the Juilliard School, she and eleven other musicians founded a two-week exchange program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where they primarily worked with NEOJIBÀ, an initiative based on the highly successful Venezuelan program El Sistema providing a comprehensive training seminar for the students, including private lessons, master-classes, sectionals, and a side-by-side performance.
Ms. Dimitrova graduated from the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where she served as a concertmaster of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, and received the Most Outstanding Artist of the Year Award for 2008. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York City in the studios of Professor Masao Kawasaki and Professor David Chan. Beginning with the 2014-2015 Season, Ms. Dimitrova joined the violin section New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Cellist Jacob Hanegan is a first-year Fellow at the New World Symphony. A Seattle native, his love for music was fostered at the age of 11 by the Seattle Youth Symphony, Seattle Conservatory and Marrowstone Music Festival. Before his conservatory education, Mr. Hanegan moved to San Francisco and studied with Amos Yang of the San Francisco Symphony and Eric Gaenslen of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Hanegan earned his bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2013, where he studied with Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott. He performed regularly with the Eastman Collegium Musicum and had extensive Baroque training with Beiliang Zhu, Christel Thielmann and Paul O’Dette. As a student of Desmond Hoebig, Mr. Hanegan received his master of music degree from the Shepherd School at Rice University.
Mr. Hanegan has served as assistant principal of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and principal of the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, working closely with cellists Eric Kim, Desmond Hoebig and Brinton Smith, as well as playing under conductors Ludovic Morlot, Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, David Robertson and Robert Spano. Mr. Hanegan has also served as principal of the Eastern and Round Top Music Festivals and has participated in the London Masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum.
A proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Hanegan has performed premieres for friends and colleagues at Eastman and Rice, including several works by composer Tommy Dougherty. He has performed contemporary chamber works in Texas and Colorado with Richie Hawley and Joaquin Valdepeñas, along with numerous chamber performances coached by the Ying Quartet, Zvi Zeitlin, James Dunham, Brian Connolly and many others.
Mr. Hanegan enjoys anything having to do with the West Coast, third wave coffee and hopes to one day adopt several golden retrievers with multi-syllabic names. He plays a 1993 Christopher Dungey cello.
Daniel Parrette is a first-year Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony. He most recently played as a guest with the Boston and Alabama symphonies. During his summers he has attended Tanglewood Music Center, National Orchestral Institute and Kent/Blossom Music Festival.
Mr. Parrette was previously a Teaching Fellow of the Community Performances and Partnerships program at New England Conservatory, where he completed his bachelor and master of music degrees.
Born in West Point, New York, Mr. Parrette grew up studying the clarinet with his father, John Parrette, former Principal Clarinet of the United States Military Academy Band. He recently completed his graduate studies at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Michael Wayne of the Boston Symphony.