Composer David Williams will present the premiere of his String Quartet “Black Horses” performed by The Ulysses Quartet on April 22, 2017 in Cohen Hall at East Stroudsburg University. The work is dedicated to The Ulysses Quartet and was inspired by the painting of the same name by Anna Mary Moses (popularly known as Grandma Moses).
David Williams started writing music while studying at William Paterson University under the renowned composer Hugh Aitken and later received his M.A. from Montclair State University as a student of Professor Ting Ho. His compositions over the past four decades include orchestral, solo, vocal and ensemble works.
Describing his String Quartet Mr. Williams says the music represents “the character and spirit” he sees in the original painting. He uses “rhythm, repetition and the juxtaposition of contrasting sections to convey this” and draws attention to “the open intervals of the melodies” as opposed to “close secondal harmony.” Mr. Williams displays an approach in this work that is “a dichotomy of minimalist and non-minimalist style.”
Violinist CHRISTIE LEE is the current recipient winner of the Outstanding Ensemble Player awarded to a member of the Pocono Youth Orchestra. Ms. Lee received the recognition at the most recent PYO concert in January 2017 held at Cohen Hall.
The award is given twice yearly to a member of the PYO who has shown qualities of outstanding leadership and collegiality over the student’s period of membership. Nominations for the award are made by the PYO with final decisions made by L’ARCHET.
Meanwhile, the PYO is about to enter its Thirtieth Season since its founding in 1987. This coincides with the Twenty-Fifth Season celebration of Conductor ANTHONY SIMONS and his leadership of the PYO.
Maestro Simons and his wife, Cellist AUDREY SIMONS have devoted extraordinary energy to the PYO in its mission to introduce symphonic music to the region’s young musicians. Please stay tuned here! for further news of PYO special events in the year to come.