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“John Williams Spectacular”

Sunday, April 10, 3:30
Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center

Featured guests: Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe

Program

  • Theme from Superman
  • Highlights from Jurassic Park
  • Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
  • Selections from E.T.
  • St. Paul’s Suite
    • Jig
    • Ostinato
    • Intermezzo
    • Finale

Intermission

  • Raiders March
  • Star Wars Suite
    • Main Title
    • Princess Leia’s Theme
    • The Imperial March
    • Yoda’s Theme
    • Throne Room & End Title

Covid-19 policies: We respectfully ask that people practice physical distancing while in the auditorium and lobby. At this time, masks are recommended but not required.

We are delighted to welcome the children in our concert audience, as the love of music begins at a very early age. We ask parents to remain with their children and respect their limits of endurance by removing them to the lobby when they are no longer enjoying the performance and rejoining us if they are able. Please be respectful of our musicians who have worked hard to bring you this concert, and of your fellow audience members who have also come to enjoy the music. Our ushers may ask you to leave the auditorium if your children are consistently disturbing the concert. Thank you for your consideration.

Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra

Violin 1
Lucas Atkinsmith
Janel deVries
Kimberly Kang
Regan Knapp
Alyssa McNally
Edwin Olson +

Violin 2
Marianne Corrigan
Don Evich
Nancy Hamilton
Marlene Hurshman
Maverick Marenger
Kathy Muczynski
Cheryl Richison *
Kyndra Wojciechowski

Viola
Ellen Caton
Daniel Melody
Mariana Miller
Suky Morita
Timario Wilkins*

Cello
Helen Clark
Erin Himrod *
Quincy Hutchinson
Thomas McCarthy
Karen Wisniewski

Bass
Mike Edwards
Johanna Griest
Eric Markley
Arthur Mooradian*

Harp
Celia van den Bogert

Flute
Katie Kazakos
Krista Lenart *
Amina Mikula

Piccolo
Amina Mikula

Oboe
Katie Book*
Holly Morse

English Horn
Katie Book*
Holly Morse

Clarinet
Jeffrey Campbell*
Mary Cupery

Bass Clarinet
Angela Duquette*

Bassoon
Shari Anason
Linda Wagner *

Horn
Jeff Ash *
Peter DeHart
Angela Hoops-Cossey
Susan Lewke
Heidi Riggs

Trumpet
Josh Cohen
Ryan Dolan
Greg Marshall
Dan Wagner *

Trombone
Elijah Emmons *
Stephen Randall

Bass Trombone
Jack Porath *

Tuba
Chris Jackson

Percussion
Jonah DePriest
Ian McCrystal*
Sajan Patel
Ryan Winters

Timpani
Claudia Tull

Piano/Celeste
Joseph Daniel

+ Concertmaster
* Principal

Theme from Superman
John Williams
arr. Carson Rothrock
 
John Williams is well known as one of the nation’s leading composers of film music. Having composed and conducted for over half a century, Williams’ scores can be heard in more than one hundred movies. Among his numerous awards are the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Olympic Order, in addition to many Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

This concert version of Williams’ 1978 Theme from Superman opens with the “Superman Fanfare” before moving into the “Superman March” and the “Love Theme”. The heroic sounding work features perfect intervals, fanfare-like brass, and the distinctly American sound befitting a superhero film.

Highlights from Jurassic Park
John Williams
Arr. Calvin Custer
In the 1993 Steven Spielberg blockbuster, Jurassic Park, a group of paleontologists embark on a tour of an island theme park featuring live dinosaurs. This arrangement of highlights from the movie opens with the hymn-like theme, “Welcome to Jurassic Park,” which conveys the group’s sense of awe and excitement upon arriving on the island and seeing the dinosaurs for the first time.

Williams’ colleague Gary Rydstrom described the process of orchestrating and creating sound effects for the various creatures, saying, “I was able to play [Williams] some of the dinosaur vocals that I had created early on. He thought of them in terms of the pitch, so he would say, ‘That dinosaur is a cello, this dinosaur feels more like flutes,’ and then he was able to think about it in terms of writing the music and orchestrating it for those scenes.”

1 Gianluca Sergi, The Dolby Era: Film Sound in Contemporary Hollywood. (Manchester: Manchester
University Press, 2004), 175.

Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
John Williams
Arr. Jerry Brubaker

This Harry Potter symphonic suite includes seven major themes from the famous movies. The work opens with a solo celeste playing the recognizable “Hedwig’s Theme.” Said William’s about this unique choice of instrument, “Hedwig needed some music that was gossamer, light. And so I thought- celeste!” 1 Williams further described the effect of the pedal on the celeste as creating a “blur” like a “bird feather would float.” 1 The strings and woodwinds further contribute to this effect with their flurry of runs.

The second theme heard in the suite is the flying theme that is played during the Hogwarts students’ first broomstick lesson. Following this is a majestic theme conveying the grandeur of Hogwarts School with its high spires, talking portraits, moving staircases, and grand banquet hall.

Next, we are transported to the busy streets of Diagon Alley where Williams captures the bustle and activity, sights and sounds of this magical shopping experience through the music of a small “Wizard’s Orchestra” featuring flutes, percussion, and a quirky violin solo. Williams describes the music as “a collection of sounds that make up the atmosphere that you can almost taste.” 1

From the lighthearted bustle of Diagon Alley, we move next to the terror of Lord Voldemort. The horns and bassoons take an evil turn here, evoking terror with the dark melody that characterizes the infamous villain.

This dark moment is short-lived, however, as the mood quickly lightens in anticipation of a quidditch match. The trumpets lead the brass section in an excited fanfare as the crowd gathers for the game.

Lastly, we move into Harry’s emotional farewell to Hogwarts and his memories of his family. The work ends with a triumphant recapitulation of the original “Hedwig’s Theme,” this time played by the entire orchestra.
1 “The Harry Potter Suite by John Williams and the Boston Pops.” YouTube, uploaded by Martyprod2, 5
Sept. 2010, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh-gEcgVH_4.

Selections from E.T.
John Williams
Arr. John Cacavas
The movie E.T. tells the story of a friendly alien who becomes stranded on Earth and must find his way home with the help of Elliott, a boy whom he befriends.
Throughout the movie, E.T. is characterized by a solo piccolo who plays a mysterious melody. We also hear a more menacing march, reminiscent of the Star Wars Imperial March, which characterizes the government agents, and a rhythmic, lively theme which portrays the children riding around on their bicycles.

St. Paul’s Suite
Gustav Holst
St. Paul’s Suite was Gustav Holst’s first work for the St. Paul’s Girl’s School, where he was music master for almost 30 years. Published in 1922, the piece is scored for string orchestra and is comprised of four movements. The first movement is a fiddle-style jig which opens with the entire orchestra playing in unison. In the second movement we hear runs of eighth notes alternating between players in the second violin section, creating a steady ostinato backdrop for a violin solo. The character changes in the third movement to a more somber, dance-like melody alternated between a solo violin and viola and backed by pizzicato among the rest of the orchestra. After a fast-paced vivace section, the somber melody returns, this time played by a string quartet. To round out the work, we end with a lively fourth movement combining two popular folksongs- the “Dargason” and “Greensleeves.” At first both melodies are presented separately, and then end up overlapping as the piece draws to a close.

Raiders March
John Williams
Raiders of the Lost Ark tells the tale of Indiana Jones, an archeologist who is hired to recover the Ark of the Covenant from a booby-trapped temple and prevent the powerful object from falling into the hands of the Nazis.

Williams is well known for his use of leitmotifs- short musical phrases that recur throughout a movie in connection with a specific character, place, or idea. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, we hear some variation of the Raiders main every time our main character is presented. Said Williams of this motif, “I spend more time on those little bits of musical grammar to get them just right… I don’t know how many permutations I will go through with a six-note motif like that.”

The theme in question was originally two separate themes. Williams wrote two for director Steven Spielberg to choose from, but Spielberg liked both so much that he asked Williams to combine them. The result is this theme that has become synonymous with the hero of the movie.

1Charlie Brigden, “An Indy Darling: John Williams and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’” https://filmschoolrejects.com/john-williams-and-raiders-of-the-lost-ark/, accessed 25 March 2022.

Star Wars Suite
John Williams

With his first Star Wars score in 1977, Williams began to bring back the grand, late-Romantic style symphonic score to the film industry. At the time, most movies were just using compilations of popular music, but Williams’ composition showed how much more immersive the movie experience could be with music that was created specifically for the film. The London Symphony Orchestra was employed to record the score for the production, which set the precedent of using major orchestras to record for film. 

In this Academy Award winning score, we hear some of the most well-known leitmotifs in film music including “Darth Vader’s Theme” and “Princess Leia’s Theme.” Williams went on to score all nine of the Star Wars movies, spanning from 1977 to 2019. This totals over 18 hours of music, and at least 60-70 distinct themes, among the largest collections of leitmotifs in cinema.

In this concert suite from the film score, we hear the familiar “Main Title” followed by the softer, lyrical “Princess Leia’s theme”. Next, we have the foreboding “Imperial March,” then the placid and dignified “Yoda’s Theme.” The work ends with the “Throne Room,” a grand finale which brings back material from the first movement and ends with a majestic brass chorale.

Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe

Established in 1989, Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe is a theatrical combat organization based out of Ann Arbor, MI providing classes, training, custom fight choreography, fight direction, weapons rentals, and many other stunt services to the public at large.The group is dedicated to developing and promoting the art of stunt work and refining the portrayal of staged violence. Like any martial art, The Ring of Steel believes that the skills necessary to practice theatrical combat and stunts require the regular practice of basic skills and techniques for safety and effectiveness.
As one of the largest theatrical fencing salles in the nation, The Ring of Steel teaches classes in swordplay and stunt work along with 15 basic combat skill areas; provides in-house workshops; choreographs for film, stage, and TV; offers summer camps and programs; and maintains an aggressive performance schedule in renaissance festivals, celtic faires, Sci/Fi & Fantasy conventions, haunted houses, film, television, opera, birthdays, weddings, business parties, and any other production or event that is interested in adding action performances to their events.

Ring of Steel also has a circus performance subsidiary, Cirque Surya (sir•ka sir•ya,) that offers dazzling fire and circus performances to area festivals and events. 

Edwin Olson, Concertmaster

Edwin Olson joined the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and has served as concertmaster since 2013. He previously served as concertmaster of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts and played with the MIT Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Olson started violin as a five-year old, playing continuously through school and touring with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. He plays a violin by Ann Arbor maker Joseph Curtin.

Mr. Olson earned a PhD in computer science from MIT in 2008 for his work on robotic mapping. He joined the computer science department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008 and was promoted to full Professor in 2020. His professional interests include self-driving cars, and he has contributed to autonomous vehicles at MIT, U-M, Ford, and Toyota Research Institute. In 2017, he founded May Mobility, an Ann Arbor-based startup creating self-driving shuttles with the vision of transforming cities by making transportation more equitable, accessible, and sustainable.

Mr. Olson lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.

Adam C. Riccinto, Founder and Music Director

Adam C. Riccinto is the founding music director of the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra and is an active conductor, performer, and clinician throughout southeastern Michigan.  As an arts coach, Mr. Riccinto works with musicians and performers of all ages and disciplines to help them to advance their craft.

Alongside the YSO, Mr. Riccinto also serves as the Director of Worship Arts at St. Michael Lutheran Church of Canton, MI where among other duties he conducts the Adult Choir, Bell Choir, and leads the contemporary worship band.  He also served as Director of Choral Activities and Arts Advisor at Ypsilanti Community Schools from 2014 – 2016.  Other teaching credits include strings and general music at Fortis Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan from 2004 – 2008 and Elementary vocal music for the Taylor School District.   He is also a frequent guest clinician with regional High School and Middle School choirs and orchestras.

Prior to founding the YSO, Mr. Riccinto served as music director of the Tecumseh Pops Orchestra from 1996-1999. He has also held posts as Director of Music at Orchard United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills, MI, Interim Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Director of Music at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church in Livonia, Michigan from 2000-2001 and the First United Methodist Church in Howell, Michigan from 1998-2000. Musical theater credits include vocal direction for the Ann Arbor Civic Theater, and musical direction for the Chelsea Area Players.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Riccinto has appeared with Spectrum Orchestra, the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony of Manhattan, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, the Warren Symphony Orchestra, Measure for Measure: A Men’s Choral Society, and Eastern Michigan University’s Collegium Musicum and Chamber Choir and other regional and school ensembles.

As a performer, Mr. Riccinto appears professionally throughout Metro Detroit as a pianist, vocalist, cellist, and guest conductor.   Outside of music, Adam is an entrepreneur and sales/organizational development coach.   He resides in Ypsilanti with his wife of twenty-three years, two sons, and labrador retriever, “Maestro.”

Dear Friends,
 
We’re BACK!  After months with our doors closed we’re so excited to perform for you
today. Welcome back to the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra!  Over the past two decades,
we’ve grown closer as artists and as a community of musicians and listeners.   This year,
as we celebrate being back together after a season and a half away, we’re counting our
blessings, grateful for health, and more energetic than ever to fulfill our mission of
bringing great music to our audience and community. 
 
Over the years we’ve had the joy of performing with countless incredible soloists and
guest ensembles.  We’ve worked with incredible partners like Lincoln Consolidated
Schools, Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University, the Washtenaw
County Parks and Recreation Commission, The Sphinx Organization, The Henry Ford,
Measure for Measure, the Boychoir of Ann Arbor, the Detroit Handbell Ensemble, Fortis
Academy, the Ypsilanti District Library, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Opera on Tap,
the Ypsi Community Choir, and countless others.  We’re incredibly grateful.
In December, February, and April, we’ll be right here at the Lincoln Performing Arts
Center with special guests and a variety of programming from traditional music to
holiday pops, to music from your favorite films and more. In May, we’ll return to
Riverside Park for our annual Pops in the Park, a Memorial Day weekend tradition for
over a decade!  Please join us online at www.ypsilantisymphony.org and follow us on
Facebook to stay connected, get news, and learn about our musicians or inquire about
playing in the orchestra.
 
It takes a village to keep the arts alive and flourishing.  We could never do it alone.  We
need every one of our artistic collaborators, donors, advertisers, volunteers, musicians
and of course YOU, our loyal audience members to continue making music.  I urge and
ask you to consider a tax-deductible financial gift to the YSO so we can continue to bring
you great programming.   If you can squeeze out a few hours a month, we are in constant

need of volunteers.  But mostly, I thank you for being with us today to hear us play.  
Without you, our joy of playing orchestral music would go unshared.   Thank you for
coming. Thank you for your patience.  Thank you for supporting the arts. Welcome back,
and welcome home.
 
Adam C. Riccinto, Founder and Music Director