Sierra’s Maximum Audience Appeal!

Organist Todd Wilson; Photo courtesy: Cleveland Institute of Music

It’s summertime!  And, if you’re heading to “Music City,” don’t miss the Nashville Symphony’s July 6th premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Concierto para Órgano y Orquesta (Concerto for Organ & Orchestra) at the 2012 American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention. Commissioned by the AGO, the new organ concerto was written for soloist Todd Wilson, and will be conducted byNashville’s music director and Sierra-champion, Giancarlo Guerrero.

“We’re very much looking forward to the premiere of Roberto Sierra’s organ concerto at the AGO National Convention in Nashville,” comments Murray Somerville, AGO Chair for the Committee on New Music. “For many years, the national convention has commissioned a new concerto as part of its commitment to adding to the literature of our instrument. We are so pleased that Roberto’s new work will add new lustre to this list.”

Somerville continues, “Roberto was one of several composers recommended for our consideration by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, when he first arrived in town as the Nashville Symphony’s new music director. [He] told us of the fine work being done throughout the US by his fellow Latino classical musicians. After reviewing many composers’ works, the members of the New Music Committee were unanimous in feeling that Roberto’s music combined virtuoso handling of the orchestra, maximum audience appeal, an unmistakable Latino feel, and rigorous musical construction. We felt he could best bring something fresh and exciting to the organ concerto-genre, and create a work that would likely become a classic, and widely performed. We hope we were right – everyone who has seen and worked on the score, so far, assures us that we have a winner here!”

“Roberto Sierra’s new Concerto is a work abounding in rhythmic vitality, color and excitement from start to finish. It also affords plenty of substance and challenge for the solo and orchestral performers.  It is sure to be a major addition to the repertoire for organ and orchestra.”   — Todd Wilson


Sierra’s July calendar also includes: a performance of Cinco Bocetos at the Garth Newel Music Center (VA) on the 7th; the New Juilliard Ensemble — led by Joel Sachs — plays Concierto de Camara on the 8th at the MoMA Summergarden New Music Series (NYC), and on July 27th and 28th, the Nuremburg State Philharmonic offers Fandangos, conducted by Marcus Bosch, during the Scholl Hellenstein Festival.

Back on June 9th, Sierra’s guitar concerto Folias was featured at the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition. Falletta conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic and soloist Celil Kaya was named First Prize winner.

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