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Stunning and substantial works by emerging composers, beloved masterworks, and a twist of pop: SNO is gearing up for our third season!
Stunning and substantial works by emerging composers, beloved masterworks, and a twist of pop: SNO is gearing up for our third season!
Stunning and substantial works by emerging composers, beloved masterworks, and a twist of pop: SNO is gearing up for our third season!
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Symphony Number One had a successful second season, presenting a number of well-received performances, releasing our third album and receiving positive reviews and mentions from the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore Style, Fanfare Magazine, the Baltimore Business Journal, and the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal. One of our commissions is now part of an exhibit in the Baltimore Civil War Museum. We were also named as a Category Buster winner in Baltimore Magazine’s “2016 Best of Baltimore” list!  

Symphony Number One now prepares for our third season, VOICES.

Our Season 3 programs include:

Summer in the Square

  • August 23, 2017 | 7:00 PM
  • August 25-27 | Schedule TBA
  • Mount Vernon Place, West Park.

Symphony Number One returns for another year of seasoned classics alongside stunning new music by emerging composers around the globe! This concert will feature Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, Dan Deacon's "When I Was Done Dying," and the music of 13 other composers from across Baltimore and across the globe!

AUGUST 23: FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT! 

Presented In partnership with the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association.

Coming Home

  • October 21, 2017 | 8:00 PM
  • October 22, 2017 | 3:00 PM
  • Baltimore War Memorial

This fall, SNO "returns home" to The Baltimore War Memorial, the site of its inaugural concert for the first time since 2015. SNO will perform Bruckner's Symphony No. 7, a major world premiere by composer Carolyn Chen, and a brand new arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner dedicated to The War Memorial Commission by local veteran and composer Mark Maarder. 

Presented In partnership with the War Memorial Arts Initiative.

Schoenberg

  • February 24, 2018 | 8:00 PM
  • February 25, 2018 | 3:00 PM
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church

For two years, SNO has presented the arrangements of other composers created by Arnold Schoenberg and his students in the early 20th Century. This February, SNO will perform the music of the man himself, Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1. James Lee III will be our featured composer, writing his own extended work for chamber orchestra.

SNO returns, as it does every season, to Emmanuel Episcopal Church for an exciting pair of performances.

Season Finale

  • April 27, 2018 | 8:00 PM
  • April 28, 2018 | 8:00 PM
  • Govans Presbyterian Church

As the spring warms up, SNO will partner with the Choir of St. David's Episcopal Church, led by Dr. Douglas Buchanan, for Bach's Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben ("Heart and mouth and deed and life"). Hailed by the Baltimore Sun as "remarkable" and "offering admirable variety and depth of repertoire," the St. David's Choir offers a wide range of free events in the beautiful acoustic of the St. David's sanctuary and throughout the city. This special concert is a rare chance to hear "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" in a springtime performance. After this cantata, SNO and CSD will perform our final featured world premiere of the season, a "chamber-choral symphony" by composer Ryan Lindveit. Not to be missed!

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We have even more exciting projects ahead, including another album, additional performances, and other shovel-ready projects that we're eager to produce with your support.  

Where Your Money Goes 

Symphony Number One is a conduit in service of modern composers and diverse audiences. Your support will have a lasting impact on not only the lives and careers of our featured composers and performers, but also on the chamber orchestra repertoire and the international new music community. This season, your support is directly funding commissions and performances of pieces by composers like James Lee III, Carolyn Chen, and Ryan Lindveit. 

In addition to allowing us to commission amazing works by great emerging composers, the funds you provide directly underwrite the costs of producing our concerts and enable us to:

  • Pay our core ensemble and guest artists
  • Book the best concert venues
  • Record every performance and offer high-quality, multi-camera videos.
  • Produce and market high-quality commercial audio recordings
  • Organize and fund intimate performances of works for smaller ensembles as part of our Beethoven’s Kitchen Series
  • Publicize our concerts through print, broadcast, and electronic media
  • Cover production costs such as lighting and sound
  • Pay municipal and state fees, music rental fees, and other operating expenses

Symphony Number One is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization.

Jordan Randall Smith

FOUNDER | MUSIC DIRECTOR 

Award-winning conductor Jordan Randall Smith is the Music Director at Govans Presbyterian Church and Conductor of the FRYO Symphonia. Jordan is the Co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and former Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theater. According to the Ft. Worth Music Examiner, Jordan, "drove an intensity in the air," leading the festival’s ensemble in residence, Ars Nova Dallas, in a series of performances of Schoenberg's landmark Pierrot Lunaire. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert called Jordan’s conducting of Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître, “impressive.”

Smith received a prestigious Bruno Walter Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2010 where he studied with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, and Jennifer Higdon and conducted the festival orchestra in concert. Jordan formerly served as Apprentice Conductor of the Dallas Bach Society Orchestra and Chorus. He has mentored hundreds of young musicians in ensembles across the country including the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra. Currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory, Smith is a student of Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop.

Brian Tracey

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brian Tracey is is an avid performer and promoter of new music. Since completing his master of music degree at Peabody Conservatory, he has gained experience as an administrator through an internship with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and working for the Peabody Preparatory. His goal as an administrator is to advance new music in all forms, and he is excited by the work he is doing with Symphony Number One.

Brian also maintains an active career as a performer. He has been the principal clarinet with the Berks Opera Orchestra for seven years, an organization that provides opera experience to high school students being mentored by the professionals in the orchestra. He is also a founding member of the Maryland Wind Festival, a week long festival dedicated to new music in Frederick, MD which happens every summer. 

Elizabeth Hill

DELLA F. HILL PRINCIPAL PIANO | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Elizabeth G. Hill is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her recent concert appearances include performances for the Embassy Concert Series, the Arts Club of Washington, the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, and the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, Germany. A devoted supporter of new music, Elizabeth’s work in contemporary music ranges from solo and chamber ensemble performances, including John Hilliard’s Piano Concerto No. 2, the premier of the solo piano cycle “Mosaics” by Tim Rumsey, and performances for the New Voices Festival and Capital Fringe in Washington, DC. Hill is the co-founder of Meraki.

Elizabeth’s principal instructors of solo and collaborative piano include Drs. Lise Keiter, Eric Ruple, Gabriel Dobner, and Ralitza Patcheva. Elizabeth studied Piano Performance at Mary Baldwin College and James Madison University. She earned the Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Chamber Music at The Catholic University of America. In addition to her performing career, Elizabeth maintains a successful studio of private students in the Washington, DC area since 2008.

Nikita Borisevich 

CONCERTMASTER

Violinist Nikita Borisevich, who attended the Heifetz International Music Institute in the summers of 2010 and 2012, swept onto the Russian stage as one of today’s most promising young virtuosos. He was born into a musical family and was five years old when he began studying the violin. His first teacher was his father, who was trained by students of the renowned Russian teachers Pyotr Stolyarsky and Boris Gutnikov. At age twelve, he made his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra. Later, Nikita enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory on full scholarship to study with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman.

During his years at the Moscow Conservatory, Nikita toured and performed in Ukraine, Latvia, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Nikita also broadened his musical horizons by attending the Russische Musikakdemie Dortmund (2005). He has performed in such concert halls as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain), and the W.M.P. Concert Hall “Strad for Lunch” music series in New York City.

Nikita is now pursuing further graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Victor Danchenko. In 2015, he was Artist-in-Residence for the EPPM El Paso Pro Musica Festival, and also offered Master Classes at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Other Ways You Can Help 

Money isn't the only form of support. We'd love for you to tell your friends about Symphony Number One, and we hope to see you at a performance sometime soon! Share via your favorite platform:

Official Website: symphonynumber.one 

Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

Music: Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube

Risks and challenges

With a team of people who have launched many successful funding campaigns for projects in the past, we walk in with our eyes open to the challenges that young organizations face. Hidden venue or rental costs, last-minute changes, and even the weather can conspire to make projects like these challenging to complete. But that is also the thrill of live performances: With our experience, these beautiful and fragile performances are in steady hands from beginning to end.

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