The Concordia Symphony Orchestra (Concordia University Irvine) will perform And God Created Great Whales in a concert on May 1 at 3pm on the campus of Concordia University Irvine. (tickets $8/$6). The concert will also feature the Concordia Wind Orchestra playing McBeth's Of Sailors and Whales.
Works by Haydn, Vaughan Williams, and Sparke will round out the program.
Seattle Symphony Honors Hovhaness Centennial
A resident of Seattle, Washington State for the last 30 years of his life, Hovhaness will be honored in March 2011, the centennial month, by the Seattle Symphony during its 2010-2011 season with two concerts featuring five works.
The widow of Alan Hovhaness presents a concert on the evening of his 100th anniversary. Seattle's Benaroya Hall audience will witness the Magnificat (one of his most popular works), The Rubiyat (narrated by noted actor Michael York), Symphony No.46 'To The Green Mountains', and Prayer of Saint Gregory. Lake Union Civic Orchestra and Central Washington University Orchestra & Chorus join forces for this major event.
5th-12th March 2011
Centennial Week Concert Tributes
During the week of the composer's centennial we have been notified of several events:
March 8th, Susan Juhl will play 2 hours (10am-noon Pacific Time) of Hovhaness works on Mendocino County's Public Radio Station, KZYX. The show is called Loose Canon Classics and streams at 90.7.
March 8th, Stuart Beatch will be performing Return and Rebuild the Desolate Places, Op. 213 in piano reduction at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. This will be the Canadian premiere of the work.
March 5th, 8pm the Harvard Wind Ensemble with Guest Trumpet Soloist Paul Perfetti will pay tribute with a Hovhaness concert featuring Prayer of St. Gregory, Return and Rebuild the Desolate Places, Hymn to Yerevan, Suite for Band and some chamber works. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students/seniors and are available through the Harvard Box Office and at the door. Concert is in Lowell Lecture Hall.
March 12th, Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, Fort Worth TX, will perform And God Created Whales as part of a program conducted by Dr. Kurt Sprenger.
Hawaii Commemorates Hovhaness Centenary
The Orchestra of the Hawaiian Islands performed Hovhaness's Celestial Fantasy on January 8, 2011, as part of a program of Hawaiian classical music for string orchestra. Resident conductor Philip Simmons says Hovhaness was included on the program both because of his residency at the University of Hawaii in 1962 and the 100th anniversary of his birth.
In May 2009 Alan Hovhaness’s home town, the Boston suburb of Arlington Massachusetts,
was in the midst of preparations to kick off the 2011 Centennial celebrations with a number of events and activities involving dozens of local citizens and civic institutions.