Newburgh Symphony’s Final Program of the Season Brings Founder Woomyung Choe’s Tenure as Music Director to a Triumphal Close
Since its inception two decades ago, Dr. Woomyung Choe has been at the helm of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. Hewas, in fact, its co-founder, and has been tirelessly tending the now well-established orchestra throughout its early development: building its repertoire; adding to its signature events, such as the annual pops concert in Downing Park; and creating an associated choral organization (the Newburgh Symphonic Chorale). Choe knew that to become a successful, lasting musical institution, the Newburgh Symphony would need to do more than a competent job performing an annual series of concerts – it had to become an ever-expanding part of the region’s cultural community.
“Woomyung Choe and George Handler brought together a very dedicated group of people – both musicians and volunteers — who worked very hard together to build a strong framework, that will continue to grow and serve our area,” said Gordon Shacklett, Gordon Shacklett, cellist and pre-concert commentator with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO), “To accomplish this in the midst of some rough economic conditions is a testament to his vision.”
Choe retires from 20-years as the GNSO’s conductor on June 6 at Mount Saint Mary College, after his final performance with the orchestra he created. “Beethoven’s Ninth – which the orchestra and chorale performed in April – was a fitting penultimate selection,” said Shacklett, “Our final concert with Dr. Choe is equally appropriate and exciting: Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Opus 56 ‘Triple Concerto,’ plus Beethoven’s ‘Overture to the Consecration of the House’ and Brahms ‘Symphony No. 2 in D major, opus 73.”
“In the Triple Concerto (violin, cello, piano and orchestra) each player of the trio of soloists takes a turn with themes of the three movements, competing with each other and with the orchestra,” said Shacklett, “The award-winning Allant Piano Trio, featuring Anna Jihyun Park, violin; Alina Lim, cello; and Beth Nam, piano; are sure to bring out the excitement in this dynamic work from Beethoven’s hyper-productive ‘middle period.”
“Brahms’ 2nd Symphony (1877) is the ideal composition with which to close the 20th season of conducting by Dr. Woomyung Choe,” Shacklett said. “Although full of tuneful motifs and creative thematic development, the self-deprecating Brahms joked with his publisher that the symphony was “sad, mourning and melancholy.” On the contrary, the work is lyrical, engaging, and triumphal at the end. Yet the 2nd Symphony is so carefully crafted, even with repeated hearings there is always something new for the listener to discover.”
The concert will be presented Saturday, June 6 at Mount Saint Mary College’s Aquinas Hall, at 7:30 p.m. (Arrive at 6:30 pm for the concert preview).
Tickets — Reserved: $30, General: $24, Senior Citizens: $18, (Students: admitted free) — can be purchased online or at the door.
The program is made possible, in part, with funds from Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange. Details about the 2014 – 2015 season of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra can be found online at www.newburghsymphony.org or by calling 845-561-1618, and requesting a season brochure.