On January 16, 2016, the Respighi/Di Vittorio Concerto per Violino (in La Maggiore) will receive its South America/Brazil premiere with the Orquestra Sinfônica del Festival Música nas Montanhas at Teatro Municipal Benigno Gaiga – Complexo Cultural da Urca (in Brasil), under the direction of Maestro Jean Reis, and featuring the Swiss-Italian violinist Irene Abrigo.
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new work in celebration of the centennial of San Diego’s Balboa Park and Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion. This World Premiere will be performed on November 1, 2015 at 2:00pm at Copley Symphony Hall under conductor Sameer Patel. For details, visit: San Diego Symphony
Sea Fanfare “On a Theme by Monteverdi” is a short, happy fanfare/overture styled work that begins with a warm, sparkly sea effect introduction depicting the sunny waters of San Diego. Perhaps Di Vittorio’s connection with Ottorino Respighi is most apparent here. Though the organ is not treated as a solo instrument, it does take an immediate prominent role as it introduces the main theme – a motif inspired by Monteverdi’s madrigal “O Sia Tranquillo il Mare, O Pien d’Orgoglio” (Oh How Tranquil is the Sea, Full of Pride”), which Di Vittorio thought was quite fitting for San Diego and the Balboa centennial.
The sea effect quickly turns into a (ritornello type) fanfare showcasing the brass. This music is followed by a slow interlude/middle section with a poignant, memorable operatic perhaps film-like melody.
During this slower passage, the audience will feel as if they are getting closer to (or walking towards) the Balboa Park merry-go-round, a distinct music which takes over and then subsides back to complete the slower section. (Natives of San Diego, will recognize a re-orchestrated variation of the Balboa carousel music – as marked in the score and parts for musicians.)
The fanfare returns, merged with a festive spagnolo section (a Ballo Madrigalesco) honoring the explorer Balboa and the park’s Spanish influence. The sea effect returns for a quick coda bringing together the themes in a picturesque, triumphal closing.
Edizioni Panastudio, a partner of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Music Director (composer) Salvatore Di Vittorio have signed with the preeminent Italian publisher CASA RICORDI (Universal Music). Ricordi will act as exclusive manager and distributor for the boutique Palermo-based publisher Panastudio, and represent Di Vittorio’s published compositions and completions/critical editions of Ottorino Respighi’s early orchestral works under the Respighi Publications series.
The Respighi publications have been championed by the orchestra through world premieres in New York and recordings on Naxos Records. Di Vittorio, who is currently realizing works for the San Diego Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Teatro Massimo Opera Orchestra of Palermo, began the Respighi editions in 2008 after permission and support from the Bolognese composer’s great nieces and archive curator.
Following meetings in Milan and New York, Di Vittorio stated “It is such an honor, and very humbling for me, and my great colleague and dear friend Francesco Panasci (General Manager, Panastudio), to work with the publishing house that represents Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi. The affiliation with Ricordi will help advance the Chamber Orchestra of New York’s legacy for its own contribution to the orchestral repertoire.”
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Di Vittorio completes Castelli for Ensemble Alberto Burri in celebration of the artist Alberto Burri centennial in Citta di Castello – Perugia, Italy. Castelli is one of six works commissioned from Italian composers that will receive their world premiere in March 2015 at the Burri Foundation, and then be part of a recording on the Limenmusic label.
The thematic material of Castelli was derived from the second movement (pavane) of Di Vittorio’s Sinfonia N. 4 “Metamorfosi” (in progress) entitled Venere e Adone, inspired by Titian’s painting. Venere e Adone will be premiered jointly by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Chamber Orchestra of New York in coming seasons.