A fête of firsts! Music Director Joana Carneiro returns to the podium to lead acclaimed cellist and Berkeley native Tessa Seymour’s Berkeley Symphony debut in a world premiere by 30-year-old Australian composer William Gardiner. The Symphony celebrates Berkeley composer John Adams’ 70th birthday with his Fearful Symmetries, the first work written after his landmark opera Nixon in China. Shostakovich’s inaugural jazz suite and Beethoven’s first symphony round out this season’s opening night repertoire.
The Gardiner Cello Concerto was commissioned by the Pacific Harmony Foundation.
5:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
7:00 pm – Concert begins
*To make a reservation at Cafe Zellerbach, contact the Cal Performances Ticket Office at 510-642-9988.
Note the early start time of this concert due to Opening Night Dinner.
Download the program notes for this concert: Symphonic I: Adams & Shostakovich
ProgramBeethoven: Symphony No. 1
Conductor/ArtistsJoana Carneiro, Music Director
About the Artists
Cellist Tessa Seymour made her televised Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 and has since been performing in Europe, Asia and the US, both as soloist and a chamber musician. Committed to a repertoire that cuts across genres and brings to life contemporary and established works alike, she has collaborated with and premiered the works of Matthias Pintscher, Krzysztof Penderecki, John Adams, David Ludwig, and Richard Danielpour.
William Gardiner is an emerging Australian composer of music for acoustic and electronic instruments. Gardiner’s output includes works for symphony orchestra, chamber music, and early music ensembles, but also frequently involves electronic media and amplified instruments. He brings an ear honed in recording studios to his work, which has been performed at venues including the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Sydney Opera House, Yale University’s Morse Recital Hall, and REDCAT Los Angeles.
Composer, conductor, and creative thinker—John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes.