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SFCM Orchestra with Edwin Outwater
Saturday, February 10 2024, 07:30 PM at
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall Map

SFCM Orchestra with Edwin Outwater

Saturday, February 10 2024, 07:30 PM
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall Map

Edwin Outwater and his student, Chih Yao Chang, lead the SFCM Orchestra, starting with two works evoking images of nature and ending with a symphonic masterpiece. Originally set for voice and piano and arranged for string orchestra, Grieg’s The Last Spring lyrically describes the beauty of spring’s awakening, …possibly seen for the last time. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid gives the audience a spatial experience with Petrichor, spreading the musicians around the hall to create a sonic rain forest. This all leads to Bruckner’s monumental fourth symphony, a work that the composer revised several times in achieving his perfect symphony.  


Edvard Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34
     II. Våren (The Last Spring)

Ellen Reid: Petrichor

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, WAB 104, “Romantic”
     I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
     II. Andante, quasi allegretto
     III. Scherzo: Bewegt
     IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell



Edwin Outwater, conductor

Chih-Yao Chang, a native of Taoyuan, Taiwan, graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University with a master's degree in conducting from the Department of Music. He studied orchestral conducting under Professor Apo Chin-Shin Hsu and received guidance from masters such as Jun Märkl, Neal Stulberg, Jahja Lin, Shao-Chia Lü, Wen-pin Chien, Huichang Yan, and Anni Chung. He obtained his master's degree in 2020 and wrote an academic work entitled "Interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5"
     In 2017, he was selected as an official participant in the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Annual Conductor Training Program and the National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Camp. He also won the Best Popularity Award voted by the members at the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Conductor Workshop. In 2018, he became the youngest finalist in the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra Conductor Competition "Elite Conductor" and ultimately won the Best Popularity Award voted by the audience. In June 2019, he held his conducting master's degree concert titled "Drift" at the KHS Luzhou concert Hall. He also made it to the finals of the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra Conductor Competition "Elite Conductor" for the second time that year, and won the first prize and the Best Popularity Award voted by the audience. In 2019, he was also selected as a finalist in the "International Conducting Competition" in Hong Kong, with the final round scheduled for 2024. In recent years, he has actively participated in premieres and recordings of contemporary works, receiving critical acclaim at events such as the ISCM Taipei International Contemporary Music Festival.

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Saturday, February 10 2024, 07:30 PM to Saturday, February 10 2024, 09:30 PM

About the SFCM Orchestra

As a member of the SFCM Orchestra, you’ll experience firsthand the advantages of playing in a large ensemble. You’ll also get a complete overview of orchestral repertoire, and that begins with examining both masterworks and lesser-known pieces of every era. The symphony orchestra has a large repertoire, and each stylistic period deserves attention. Do you take to the classical period works of Mozart and Haydn? The grand romantic works of Brahms and Tchaikovsky? How about the 20th-century masterpieces by Aaron Copland and Benjamin Britten? Add to that more recent works by such luminaries as John Adams and Joan Tower, and collaborations with Opera Theatre, and you’re on your way to becoming the well-rounded, informed musician the performing world expects.

The SFCM Orchestra presents several performances a year that prominently feature student soloists. Participation also includes public orchestral workshops with distinguished guest conductors. Recent guests have included Donald Runnicles, Carl St. Clair, Nicola Luisotti, and Peter Oundjian.

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