Final Concert, June 15th
For Immediate Release—May 14, 2013
Contact: Dorothy Rose, (714) 778-0314
Orange County Symphony Presents Songs of the North
The Resident Orchestra of the City of Anaheim Pairs a Beloved Symphony of Sibelius with the
World Premiere of an Concert Monologue for Orchestra and Baritone
Sunday, June 23, 2013
1942 West La Palma Avenue
$20/general admission; $15/seniors and students
Free parking on site
Christopher Dietz (b. 1977)
Only a Breath
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Symphony No. 3
The Orange County Symphony (OCS), will present the final concert of its 2012-13 season on Sunday, April 14, offering the world premiere of Christopher Dietz’s concert monologue Only a Breath, as well as the Symphony No.3 of Jean Sibelius.
Only a Breath, a monologue on the relationship between humankind and its notion of a supernatural realm, features intensely lyrical melodies paired with shimmering orchestral colors, setting disparate texts by Omar Khayyam and Jonathan Swift. Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3, written between 1904 and 1907, finds the great Finnish composer combining both formal discipline of the classical symphonists and the intensity of the late romantics, combining to
form a uniquely beautiful and powerful statement of musical passion. The music of Christopher Dietz has been recognized by honors and awards from Copland House, Canada’s Banff
Centre and National Arts Centre, and the League of Composers/ISCM, among others. He has been on the faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory and is currently a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he teaches composition and directs the new music ensemble.
Sean Cooper, the baritone soloist for Only a Breath, has performed on the operatic, concert, and musical theatre stages in works ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. He appeared on Broadway in Riverdance! and in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann’s La bohème. Companies include Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera Columbus, Opera North, Liederkranz Opera, Opera Theatre of Guam, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis,
Toledo, and Lima.
Founded in 1985, the Orange County Symphony is a regional semi-professional orchestra serving a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million people. The OCS is honored to be part of the Anaheim community and in July, 2011 was designated as the Resident Symphony Orchestra for the City of Anaheim. The orchestra is led by Dr. David Rentz, an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, who currently serves on the faculties of the music
departments of Pomona and Scripps Colleges, and is the choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside.
For booking, interviews and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:
Dorothy Rose, (714) 778-0314