The famous composer’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” will be the crowning jewel for the performance. No composer has changed history more than Beethoven, and his symphonies are more compelling in terms of audience appeal than those of any other composer.
The program also includes Grondahl’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, with the solo played by Amanda Davidson.
The concert is sponsored by the Beeville Concert Association, with generous support from the Joe Barnhart Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts and Coastal Bend College, as well as funds from many local sponsors, benefactors, patrons and friends.
Fujimoto began her appointment as assistant conductor of the San Antonio Symphony in January 2012. Hailed as “a very talented conductor who knows her score and her musicians,” she has most recently served as the conducting associate for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, music director of the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras.
A native of Japan, Fujimoto attended high school in California and graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor of arts degree in music and psychology. She holds master of music degrees in conducting from the Eastman School of Music and Boston University.
As a member of the Virginia Symphony conducting staff, Fujimoto conducted the VSO in classical, holiday and educational concerts, including the Virginia Symphony’s 2009-2010 series of Young People’s Concerts and the Virginia Beach performance of the Classics concert featuring the world premiere of Behzad Ranjbaran’s Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. Fujimoto also has conducted the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra in performance, as well as conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of the Orkney Conducting Institute.
Prior to arriving in Virginia, Fujimoto served as the music director and conductor of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard University, where she led the MSO to many milestones, including performing with pianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin.
The concert is free to all students through high school age, to Coastal Bend College students with their student ID’s, and to any adult who brings two children or young people through high school age to the performance. Admission for other adults who do not hold BCA season memberships is $10 at the door.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for South Texas music lovers to enjoy some of the world’s most exciting classical music at an incredibly low price,” BCA President Kay Past said. “We especially hope that many young people will take advantage of this special musical offering.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 22, the Symphony will perform two special concerts for selected Beeville ISD students.