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AROUND AND ABOUT MUSIC: Berkeley Symphony This Thursday--"The Rebels"--Ligeti, Robert Schumann ... & Berkeley's Dylan Mattingly
Thursday night, December 6, at 8, Berkeley Symphony will perform "The Rebels," another eclectic pick of compositions that spans the modern history of the orchestra, as Joana Carneiro's been wont to program ... but this one with an unusual local twist, featuring Gyorgi Ligeti's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, with Shai Wosner as soloist, with Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2--and Invisible Skyline by Berkeley native Dylan Mattingly, the world premiere of a Symphony commission.
Mattingly, now 21 and studying at Bard College in New York, is a Berkeley High grad, where he pitched on the varsity baseball team. He also studied in the John Adams Young Composers Program at Crowden Music Center and has been mentored by Adams. Mattingly was chosen as a composer in the Berkeley Symphony's Under Construction Composers Program and has had his compositions performed locally at the Berkeley Arts Festival, by the Young Peoples Symphony Orchestra, at Other Minds Seance by Sarah Cahill and at the Cabrillo Festival. At Bard, he's co-artistic director of Contemporaneous, a music group that has brought out a CD of his compositions, Stream of Stars.
Ligeti's Piano Concerto (composed 1980-88), played by Israeli pianist Shai Wosner, was regarded by the composer as a statement of his aesthetic credo, showing an interest in natural harmonics for horns, and an expansion of his work in his three volumes of piano etudes into an orchestral context. Schumann's Symphony in C major, No. 2 Opus 61, opens with inspiration from Bach, showing influences from Beethoven songs and the Ode to Joy towards its conclusion.
Zellerbach Hall, UC campus, near Bancroft & Telegraph. $15-$68. 841-2800, ex. 1; berkeleysymphony.org