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Nova Goes Green

Friday, May 11 Coronado Performing Arts Center
Saturday, May 12 Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, Sorrento Valley
Monday, May 14 Sherwood Auditorium, La Jolla

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Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Nova Experience begins at 6:00 p.m.

Program Notes

Principle guest artist: Lindsay Deutsch, violin
Guest artists:
Todd Rewoldt, saxophone
Justin Dehart, percussion
Joel Bluestone, percussion
Joseph Martin Waters, live electronics
Zurial Waters, Surf video artist

The Lark Ascending Ralph Vaughan Williams           
Aqua – homage to Jacques Yves-Cousteau Steve Heitzeg
Joseph Martin Waters
Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale Ludwig van Beethoven 

Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzeg is recognized for his orchestral, choral and chamber music written in celebration of the natural world, with evocative and lyrical scores frequently including naturally-found instruments such as stones, manatee and beluga whale bones, sea shells, and driftwood.  His music has been performed by leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Atlanta Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Chanticleer, Daedalus Quartet, Dale Warland Singers, Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and VocalEssence, as well as at the Cabrillo and Grand Teton music festivals.  Conductors from Marin Alsop to Osmo Vänskä have conducted his works.  Addressing social and environmental justice issues, Heitzeg’s music includes Nobel Symphony, Voice of the Everglades, Wounded Fields, Aqua (Homage to Jacques Cousteau), Wild Songs, and World Piece.  In 2008 the James Sewell Ballet debuted his Social Movements and the Daedalus Quartet premiered his Song Without Borders at the United Nations in New York City.  Current commissions include works for the Des Moines Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra.

The orchestra is very pleased to premiere Joseph Martin Waters’ composition Surf. An American classical composer known for writing chamber and orchestral music, Water’s style of composition is based in both the European classical as well as African (beat-based) musical traditions. His works follow in the line of American composers such as Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein.

In addition to writing for traditional instruments, he constructs virtual instruments out of sounds found everywhere in nature. He is dedicated to integrating elements of rock, jazz and world music into his classical pieces.

His music is described as multi-layered — easy to grab ahold of when first heard, and brimming with hidden musical passageways that are revealed upon multiple listenings.

He is most known in San Diego as the composer of the 25th Street Bridge Chime Rail, a gargantuan instrument of 480 tuned chimes that spans Interstate-94. Its melody is a palindrome:  walking along and striking the chimes produces a long, somewhat spooky Danny Elfman-like melody that is the same played from either direction. It is also, at 288 feet, likely the largest xylophone in the world.  

From San Diego Arts and Culture:
Crab Carillon
by Roman de Salvo (artist) and
Joseph Waters (composer)
25th Street Overpass
Corner of F and 25th Streets, Sherman Heights/Golden Hill, 92102
Play the chimes by running a pencil, stick or ruler across the bars on the bridge. The melody is a palindrome; it plays the same forward and backward. Listen online now!
Song 1 Arrangement (mp3)
Song 2 Chimes (mp3)
Recognition: American Planning Association, San Diego Section, Honorable Mention, 2005





Corporate Support

Foundation Donors

$40,000 and above
The James Irvine Foundation
The Parker Foundation

Major Government Support

Major funding provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

San Diego Community Enhancement Program (Pam Slater-Price, Ron Roberts)

San Diego County Community Projects Grants Program (Pam Slater-Price)