World War collaboration with BSO’s New Music Director
For our 4th return engagement with California’s Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, we’ll be working with their new Music Director, Stilian Kirov. Kirov is also Music Director of Symphony in C in New Jersey, and he has held posts as Associate Conductor with both the Seattle and Memphis symphonies. Following three great collaborations during Conductor Laureate John Farrer’s tenure with the orchestra, we’re excited to now join up with Maestro Kirov for the BSO’s April 9 concert, “Salute to Our Veterans.” We’ll be performing our dramatic multimedia pieces No Man’s Land and Citizen Soldier, which are choreographed to two gripping musical works: Copland’s Quiet City and Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra.
Since they premiered in 2014, Westwater Arts Artist & Creative Director Nicholas Bardonnay has performed No Man’s Land and Citizen Soldier with orchestras across the country, from Arizona and Alabama to Ohio and Florida. The two companion pieces commemorate the ongoing 100th & 75th anniversaries of World Wars I & II. They contain hundreds of incredible historic photographs that Nicholas handpicked from archives in over a dozen countries and then choreographed to music options by four 20th-century composers, Copland, Barber, Vaughan Williams and Shostakovich.