Set sail on a musical journey with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra as they perform a water-themed concert at the second installment of the Jack M. Champaigne Masterworks Series on Saturday, November 12, at the Morris Performing Arts Center, with works by Wagner, Curtis and Edington, Smetana, and Debussy. Guest conductor David Lockington leads the Symphony on this musical voyage and tickets start at $19.
Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman is a popular orchestral work that gives the listener insight into some of the characters and their themes within The Flying Dutchman opera. The opening horn theme and the sound of the aggressive waves of the ocean create dramatic highs to the calming lows that give a solid start to the evening.
The “St. Joseph River Suite” celebrates the exceptional music of WNIT Public Television’s documentary Then, Now and Always… The St. Joseph River Story premiered in 2021. Depicting the history on and around the St. Joseph River, one can hear the different aspects of the river that Curtis and Edington put together in this intricate suite.
Smetana’s The Moldau was designed as a river piece as a realistic sonic boat ride. It was specifically intended to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia’s great rivers – the Vltava River. The Vltava River is the longest in Czechia, and it runs on a short southwesterly course out of the Bohemian Forest.
To conclude the evening, we have the highly anticipated Debussy’s La Mer, the final shimmering water play in this evening of flowing sounds. Debussy brings to life the evocative sense of motion blended to form mystical, altering sounds. Like the sea, La Mer tips the scales from serene, clear waters to the terrifying power that the sea holds, bringing the evening to its awe-inspiring finale!
The Symphony thanks Jack M, Champaigne for their support of the Masterworks Series. Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka proudly supports the 90th Season Guest Artists.
How To Buy Tickets
ONLINE – https://www.morriscenter.org/upcoming-events/
PHONE – Morris Performing Arts Center Box Office 574-235-9190
(10 am – 2 pm, Tuesday – Thursday)
IN-PERSON – Visit our friends at the Morris (211 N. Michigan St., South Bend) during the times listed above or two hours before any performance.
VIEW the 2022-23 Season schedule, visit www.southbendsymphony.org
About the South Bend Symphony Orchestra
Embarking on its 90th season, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the region’s only professional orchestra and is committed to engaging the community in all it does. In addition to being recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and other state and local arts funding organizations, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra is the recipient of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s 2019 Leighton Award for Nonprofit Excellence, which recognizes the best-run nonprofit organization in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
About David Lockington
David Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years. After completing his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Cambridge where he was a choral scholar, Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his master’s degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra for three years before turning to conducting. Over the past thirty years, David Lockington has developed an impressive conducting career in the United States. A native of Great Britain, he served as the Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony from January 1999 to May 2015, and is currently the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He has held the position of Music Director with the Modesto Symphony since May 2007 and in March 2013, Lockington was appointed Music Director of the Pasadena Symphony. He has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, where he was the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor from 2012 through 2016, and in the 2015-16 season was named one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, Washington.
In addition to his current posts, since his arrival to the United States in 1978, Lockington has held positions with several other American orchestras, including serving as Assistant Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado, and Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In May 1993, he accepted the position of Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, he assumed the title of Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in September 1995, and was Music Director of the Long Island Philharmonic for the 1996-97 through 1999-2000 seasons.
Lockington’s guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Oregon, and Phoenix symphonies; the Rochester and Louisiana Philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan, and led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia.
Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the New Jersey, Indianapolis, Utah, Pacific, Colorado, Nashville, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Stamford, Tucson and Kansas City symphonies, the Florida and Louisville Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Buffalo, Calgary and Oklahoma Philharmonics. Lockington’s summer festival activities include appearances at the Grand Teton, Colorado Music, Interlochen, Chautauqua, and Eastern Music festivals.