Vallejo Symphony Concert III – New World
Saturday, April 18 @ 8:00PM |
Ives Symphony no. 3 (Winner Pulitzer Prize 1947)
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 (1943)
Zhengyi Bai, tenor | Meredith Brown, horn
Dvořák Symphony No. 9
Our closing concert features the most famous symphony ever written— Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” composed in the U.S. and inspired by African-American folk traditions. American maverick Charles Ives wrote his Symphony No. 3 just 15 years later, but it was not premiered until 1947, when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Last, it is a great pleasure to welcome one of our orchestra’s own, Principal Horn Meredith Brown, to join Adler Fellow Zhengyi Bai in one of the great song cycles of the 20th century: Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
Tenor and first-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Zhengyi Bai was a participant in the 2018 Merola Opera Program, where he appeared as Alessandro in Il Re Pastore. Bai has also performed Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Oronte (Alcina), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’Amore), Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Mr. Owen (Postcard from Morocco). In 2017, Bai won the Los Angeles District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Meredith Brown holds Principal Horn positions with the Fremont and Vallejo Symphonies, and serves as Acting Principal Horn of the Santa Rosa Symphony. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet.Her experiences in musical theater include the San Francisco appearances of White Christmas, La Bohème, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, Titanic, The Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.