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Concert 2: Of Gods and Men

October 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Gustav Holst: The Planets

Jonathan Bingham: Dichotomy (World Premiere Commission)

Silent Auction starting at 6:30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk with Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes and composer Jonathan Bingham at 6:45 p.m.

The Planets
Written for an enormous ensemble, The Planets brilliantly showcases the composer’s obsession with astrology. From the bellicose march of Mars, Bringer of War to the celebratory release of Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity, there has rarely been a more evocative and riveting piece of program music, and fewer still that explore the depth and contradictions of human character so effectively. You’ll also notice a lot of similarities to Star Wars, as George Lucas used this piece as temp music for his films before hiring John Williams to compose the score. Don’t miss this rare, cosmic live performance!

On the heels of the enthusiastic reception of Jonathan Bingham’s premiere of Episode for Orchestra with the AP last season, prepare to double-take as our composer-in-residence dazzles us with his latest two-movement work, Dichotomy. A more perfectly matched piece to our program of the duality of divine deities and the mortal coil of man could not be asked for.

Meet the Composer: Jonathan Bingham

Jonathan BinghamComposer Jonathan Bingham is a native of Southampton, New Jersey. He began his composition studies in 2009 under Anthony Randolph at Howard University. Additionally, he studied at the Siena Summer Music Festival in Siena, Italy, where several of his chamber works received their premieres, as well as the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In 2014, he relocated to New York City and began his graduate studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School under the tutelage of Justin Dello Joio. While there, he composed several works including his String Quartet No. 1 for the JACK Quartet, his (Untitled) for the NYU Contemporary Ensemble, and his Episode for Orchestra which went on to win the Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Composition Competition.

In addition to his contributions to the concert hall, Mr. Bingham composed the score to the film Happenstance by director Jeanette Sears, provided string music for the hip hop song American Dream by recording artist Scuzz Ortegé, and orchestrated for rapper Thee Phantom’s The Entertainer, which received a Carnegie Hall debut. He currently resides and continues to compose in New York.

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October 21, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Arapahoe Philharmonic


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Englewood, CO 80113
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