| | | |
| | |

Nicholas Bentz featured on WBJC Podcast

SNO Co-founder and founding Concertmaster Nicholas Bentz was interviewed as All-Classical WBJC's inaugural Student Composer of the Month. Podcast host John Scherch talks to Nick about his future plans as a composer and violinist, his history with launching Symphony Number One and his perspectives as a composer. Nick even discusses one of the seven "totems" that guided his compositional process as he created Approaching Eternity for Symphony Number One.  Listen to the podcast below:

Images

 Album cover for   Approaching

Album cover for Approaching

 
 

Video

 

Featured Product

Revisiting the Boss Saxophone Concerto

Nearly two years after its premiere, Symphony Number One co-founder again took up the Boss Saxophone concerto, this time with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble. Here is a video from that performance, which happened to take place the same night as Symphony Number One gave the premiere of Nicholas Bentz’s Approaching Eternity.

 

Our 2nd commercial release, Emergence, was an EP featuring Andrew Boss’ Saxophone Concerto. It is available in all formats on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. 

Approaching Eternity in Photos

 

Take a look at a new trove of photos from last April when we premiered Approaching Eternity by Nicholas Bentz in April of 2017 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Photo Credit: Dan Rorke.

 Music Director Jordan Randall Smith leads the orchestra in Bentz’s  Approaching Eternity.

Music Director Jordan Randall Smith leads the orchestra in Bentz’s Approaching Eternity.

IMG_0363.JPG

Principal Cellist Mike Newman and cellist Rob Erb Kaufman perform Nick’s work with its challenging writing for strings.

IMG_0364.JPG

Bassoonist Mateen Milan was an guest artist with the orchestra at the time, but later auditioned to join the group.

  

 Former Associate Concertmaster Kristin Bakkegard leads the orchestra

Former Associate Concertmaster Kristin Bakkegard leads the orchestra

 Current and former Principal Hornist Scott Ullman and Kelso Jones (respectively) perform with guest artist Gabriel Luciano and the woodwinds of Symphony Number One. 

Current and former Principal Hornist Scott Ullman and Kelso Jones (respectively) perform with guest artist Gabriel Luciano and the woodwinds of Symphony Number One. 

IMG_0367.PNG

The composer in his own words: Nicholas Bentz gives a description of the basis for his sprawling new work, Approaching Eternity for Chamber Orchestra. just moments before the orchestra gives the second performances.

 

Take a look at this clip of Approaching Eternity, then learn more about our latest album (which includes Approaching Eternity),  Approaching.

Hangrui Zhang - Baltimore Prelude

Hangrui Zhang - Baltimore Prelude

Baltimore Prelude is a piece that summarizes my experience with the city of Baltimore. In my experience, Baltimore is a vibrant and energetic city, which I have enjoyed. The musical materials and fragments represent the highlights of my experience. Similar to the technique of montage in filmmaking, they are playfully interacting with each other and shifting the sonic image at a fast pace. It is a piece with energy and excitement, reflecting the various images of the city."

Call for Scores 4 | Finalists

Call for Scores 4 | Finalists

Hear something you like? Visit the sites of your favorite composer and get in touch! Donate to their work, send them a fan letter, or commission them for a new work.

News Roundup

News Roundup

What a summer it’s been. Here are a few updates in case you missed them.

 

  • Ben Goldberg was named Symphony Number One’s second Composer-in-Residence.
  • In July, SNO completed it’s summer funding campaign and raised more than $13,000. Thanks to all of our supporters for their tremendous generosity! 
  • Our fourth Call for Scores is underway!  Composers, send in those scores. Learn more: Call for Scores 4.

Composer's Notebook: Ben Goldberg

Composer's Notebook: Ben Goldberg

I’m thrilled to be joining Symphony Number One in my new role as Composer-In-Residence for the 2017-2018 season. I’ve admired their mission since their inception, and it’s great to be aboard. I would like to thank Jordan Randall Smith and the administrative team for this significant opportunity. We have a lot of great projects in the works and I’m looking forward to creating some memorable musical experiences in the coming year.

Summer Success

 Michael Raymond Rittling, Principal Contrabass

Michael Raymond Rittling, Principal Contrabass

Thanks to your support, Symphony Number One is pleased to bring you another great season of thrilling works new works by emerging composers. Earlier today, we reached our funding goal of $10,000, meaning that our project is now funded and our future is bright! Thanks to all of you for your support to serve our community with substantial works by living composers, powerful masterworks, and a twist of pop. 

We'll be updating the website with tons of fresh information for Season 3, but for now, here's a quick preview page:

Composer's Notebook: Nicholas Bentz, Pt. II

Composer's Notebook: Nicholas Bentz, Pt. II

  The question I most often get in regards to Approaching Eternity, is how one deals with composing a piece of its length. It doesn’t take much research to find that a piece combining the medium of a large chamber symphony with the breadth of an hour-long swath of time is a rarity in this period of music composition. It’s no fault of the composer here – many factors outside of the composer’s control (mostly economic) have contributed to the unfortunate and gaping hole in the repertoire that we now have, but now is the time to fill that space. But regardless, the composer of the 21st century isn’t normally expected to fulfill a commission like this, so how do we all go about it?

Composer's Notebook: Nicholas Bentz

Composer's Notebook: Nicholas Bentz

The piece is conceived as one large swath of music, with seven distinct sections that flow into each other without pause. Each of these sections is demarcated by a cryptic ‘totem’ that relates to a piece of visual art, poetry, literature, or even film, that served as a creative impetus for the section. The sections, when woven together, create a life cycle beginning with the first movement: Ode to the Abyss.

In the Media: "Emergence" and "More"

In the Media: "Emergence" and "More"

In recent weeks, Symphony Number One was featured in the media on multiple occasions.

On January 5, we again appeared on Maryland Public Television's ArtworksThey featured a portion of our EP, Emergence, a portion of Andrew Boss' Concerto for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra.

Year in Review

Year in Review

Before the year comes to a close, we're taking a look back at the highlights that made 2016 memorable, meaningful, and magical.

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.