Celebrating seven years with the Thunder Bay Symphony orchestra!
April 27, 2017 - We all shared an unforgettable evening at my final
Masterworks concert as Music Director of the Thunder Bay
Symphony. A three-day ice storm shut down all air travel, and neither
our soloist nor composer could reach us. Hats off to brilliant young
violinist Gregory Lewis, who stepped out of the first violin section to
play the Brahms Violin Concerto magnificently . . . on 24 hours notice!
He has a bright future ahead. Ives' Three Places in New England and
Kodály's Galanta Dances brought great variety to the second half of the
program. My heartfelt thanks to the superb musicians and dedicated
listeners of the Thunder Bay Symphony for seven wonderful years of
adventures in music! I wish you continued success, and hope it's not long till we meet again.
April 27, 2017 - premiere of Jordan Nobles' "Ouroboros"
A great partnership of sight and sound - Juno award-winning composer Jordan Nobles wrote "Ouroboros" for the Thunder Bay Symphony, to be accompanied by dynamic images from the Hubble Space Telescope. April 27, 2017
Palau de la Música Catalana
Palau de la Música Catalana
December 17, 2016 - first concerts in Barcelona's magnificent cultural landmark and acoustic gem, with the Orquestra Sinfònica del Vallès!
Canada's composer-wizard Christos Hatzis has written us another visionary piece – “Thunder Drum,” for orchestra and audio playback. The symphonic soundscape is augmented by sampled Inuit throat singing from Tanya Taqaq, fly-by sound effects and ferocious industrial percussion, evoking both the traumas of recent Aboriginal history and the collective psyche's deep-seated longing for a lost paradise. What an honor to be involved in such a creative project! Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, October 20, 2016 8:00 p.m. at TBCA.
Visions of Paradise
“There is no music on Earth that can compare to ours here in Heaven.”
Elgar – Chanson de nuit and Chanson de Matin
Christos Hatzis – Thunder Drum (world premiere)
Mahler - Symphoy No. 4, Sharleen Joynt, soprano
with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, October 20, 2016
All of this program's music conveys ideas and emotions of paradise. Elgar's exquisitely tender Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de Matin turn the everyday into the remarkable, and suggest that the composer found a domestic paradise in the blessing of each new day. Elgar wrote many pieces that contemplate childhood, and his nostalgic affection for it shines through in these pieces.
The highly personal focus of Elgar's music is a stark contrast to the epic and communal scope of Christos Hatzis' new work, Thunder Drum. Hatzis contemplates the human and ecological trauma of Aboriginal history, and evokes our collective yearning for return to a lost paradise. His opening movement, Elegy for a Lost World, employs the vanishing language of 19th century romantic music, which is gradually overtaken by synthesized sound effects and pre-recorded samples of Inuit throat singing, and further distressed in the second movement by industrial synthesized percussion. The final movement, Reconstitution, ends ambivalently, pointing toward the ethical lessons that still stand between humankind and paradise.
Mahler's Fourth Symphony ushers us into a world of exquisite enchantment with the rare and magical sound of sleigh bells. The famous fourth movement's soprano solo is a setting of the folk poem “The Heavenly Life,” which presents a child's paradise filled with good things to eat, served up by saints and angels. The path to that delicious playground however is covered in shadow, and Mahler's too-easy juxtaposition of comfort and terror throws the listener into the fragile emotional world of childhood. A chilling second movement depicts the skeletal figure of Death fiddling away in a macabre dance. (Mahler also penned a song entitled, “The Earthly Life” in which a child starves to death while waiting for his mother to finish baking bread.) The centerpiece of the symphony is a beautiful and spiritually transformative third movement that prepares our ascent to heaven, where Mahler combines childlike play with the profound serenity of a return to innocence. The soprano sings from Heaven: “There is no music on earth that can compare to ours.” It is sweetly ironic that Mahler's ravishing music has already proven her wrong.
Premiere of Christos Hatzis' ECSTASY with Sarah Slean and the Thunder Bay Symphony
March 31, 2016, after the brilliant world premiere of Christos Hatzis' ECSTASY, with the wonderful Sarah Slean and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Christos is an absolute master of sound, style, context and pacing - his is truly music for our new century.
The Transcendent Spirit
Deep into the forest and the soul this week at the TBSO, with Shakespeare - Mendelssohn, Christos Hatzis - Sarah Slean, Brahms - Hölderin, Vaughan Williams - Whitman and Gustav Mahler for good measure, all in one program - "The Transcendent Spirit."
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.
March 31, 2016 Premiere of new work with Christos Hatzis and Sarah Slean
March 31, 2016 at 8p.m. in the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium - the premiere of Christos Hatzis' new work "Ecstasy," with lyrics by Sarah Slean, featuring Sarah's amazing and inspiring voice. This is the long-awaited companion piece to the Hatzis/Slean collaboration "Lamento" that we performed last season. www.hatzis.com, www.sarahslean.com
March 22, 2016 concert and live recording of new works by Jordan Pal
On March 22nd at 8:00 p.m. in the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Gryphon Trio will give encore performances with a live recording of recent commissions by Composer Jordan Pal. The performance begins with Pal's full-length symphony, "Into the Wonder," and concludes with his tour-de-force triple concerto, "Starling," written for the TBSO and the Gryphon Trio. Follow these amazing artists at www.gryphontrio.com, and www.jordanpal.com.
February 5, 6, 2016 - Young singers "In the Spotlight" with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Arthur Post has invited eight high school age singers to join the Thunder Bay Symphony on its Cabaret series for a program of classic rock hits that includes everything from Patsy Cline to Michael Jackson, Sting and U2.
April 27, 2015 Arthur Post appointed Music Director Laureate at San Juan Symphony
In celebration of his thirteen-year tenure at the artistic helm of the San Juan Symphony, Arthur Post was appointed Music Director Laureate of the orchestra in April, 2015.
The Durango Herald - "Arthur Post bids musical goodbye - Emotional concert concludes Symphony season."
February 4, 2015 Prokofiev's "Cinderella"
On February 4, 2015 the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra performed Prokofiev's colorful and piquant score to "Cinderella" with the wonderful narrative choreography and virtuosic dancing of Ballet Jörgen.
December, 2014 premieres of two new works for chorus and orchestra
In the first two weeks of December, 2014 the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will give the premieres of two new works commissioned as part of the celebration of the Chorus' 40th anniversary.
The Orchestra and Chorus are co-commissioners of "Song of The Poets" by Canadian composer Abigail Richardson Schulte (www.abigailrichardson.com). This powerful tribute to the soldiers of the First World War incorporates poetry written by soldiers from Canada, France, Germany and England during the war. Their first-hand accounts of devastation and loss are combined with calls for understanding. The TBSO and TBSC join The National Arts Centre, The World Remembers, and the Calgary Philharmonic as co-commissioners. The Thunder Bay performance will take place on December 3 at 8:00 p.m. at Hilldale Lutheran Church.
The Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus has also commissioned a new piece from local composer William Beckstrand that will have its premiere performance at the TBSO Holiday Pops concert December 12 at 8:00 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. Beckstrand's "People Look East" is a bright work in the holiday spirit based on a traditional French carol and features a collaboration with the St. Paul's United Church Handbell Choir.
Mystery, Beauty, Virtuosity, Grandeur
Maestro Post opens his thirteenth and final season at the artistic helm of the San Juan Symphony with Beethoven's Fifth.
Thunder Bay Symphony opens with groundbreaking collaboration with singer-songwriter Sarah Slean
Known for his multicultural musical odysseys and the spiritual roots of his work, Canadian composer Christos Hatzis has once again rewritten the rules, weaving strains of Purcell's iconic aria, "When I am laid in earth," through a masterful tapestry of popular musical idioms. "Lamento, " written for the unique voice and artistry of pop singer Sarah Slean, opens up a new horizon in crossover musical style.