The premiere of the Symphony's Winter Rhapsody holiday concert will be broadcast on YouTube as a pre-recorded concert (without an audience) on Saturday, December 11th at 4pm. This concert will feature a performance of " A Winter Rhapsody", an original composition by Carlos McMillan Fuentes who will be performing on the piano with the ensemble. We will also perform Samuel Coleridge Taylor's Christmas Overture along with some traditional holiday favorites.
More information coming soon!
World premiere of A Winter Rhapsody by Carlos McMillan Fuentes
This concert will include the world premiere of the symphonic version of A Winter Rhapsody by Carlos McMillan Fuentes, the Symphony's current composer-in-residence. Below are notes from the composer about this piece.
I began to write the work in 2002 at age 14, having only barely learned to notate music on paper, and with but a year of piano proficiency. Over the next eleven winters (and only in the winters) I continued to add to my composition, little by little, and as it grew more sophisticated, so too did my abilities as a composer and pianist. In this way, it is an intensely personal work. The warmth it contains – thoughts of family, memories of snowfall, and rich holiday experiences -- is contrasted by a great deal of fear, loneliness, and anxiety, sparked by the great ice storm that hit North Carolina in 2002. In its pages, the piece chronicles the progression of that ice storm, from the delicate snowfall to the dangerously glistening ice, the howling winds, the darkness, and the damage and devastation that they wrought. In a very literal since, however, the piece chronicles my life as a musician, even to the present day.