Rising stars violinist Rachel Lee Priday and composer Scott Wollschleger are collaborating on the creation of a new Violin Concerto, It is only for those without hope that hope is given. The Double Concerto for violin solo, string orchestra, and chamber orchestra will feature both a mixed professional and amateur orchestra. The Concerto will build partnerships between professional and community groups in an unusual conceptualization and presentation of the form.
This new Violin Concerto comes on the heels of Wollschleger’s first critically acclaimed major concerto, Meditation on Dust, for piano and string orchestra. Metropolis Ensemble, led by Andrew Cyr, will partner with The String Orchestra of Brooklyn to present the work’s premiere in New York City in early 2019.
Placing the violin soloist directly between two ensembles, the new work will create an imaginative sonic story and dramatic visual scene – positioning in one grouping, a leading virtuosic, mixed chamber ensemble, and in another grouping, a large string orchestra. The work will be a large-scale immersive work utilizing the talents of both ensembles – all connected through Ms. Priday’s expressive solo playing.
Musically, the string orchestra functions as a Greek chorus, a mirror to the soloist, and as a hyper-instrument; in other words: a super violin. The orchestral scoring will not only showcase the colossal sound that is inherently possible, but also numerous “choirs” of instruments (duos, trios, quartets, sextets, etc.) will be utilized to create an intricate tapestry of interaction with the violin soloist. The Concerto’s special staging will further amplify the concert experience and the music’s dramatic intent, which at its core aims to be a unique, fascinating, and moving experience for both audience and participants.
Mr. Wollschleger’s recent success with the students and young people presenting his piano concerto at the 2016 Bang On A Can Summer Festival and again at the University of Alabama demonstrates the composer’s ability to create a work that will also serve as an educational tool.
Scott Wollschleger (b.1980, Erie, PA) is a Brooklyn-based composer of solo, chamber, and dramatic music. His music has been highly praised for its arresting timbres and conceptual originality. His distinct musical language explores themes of art in dystopia, the conceptualization of silence, synesthesia, and creative repetition in form. His music has been described as “evocative” and “kaleidoscopic” (The New York Times) and Alex Ross recently noted that Wollschleger “has become a formidable, individual presence” (The Rest Is Noise). His critically acclaimed piano concerto, Meditation on Dust, was recently performed with pianist Karl Larson alongside Bang on a Can Festival fellows at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. His apocalyptic monodrama, We Have Taken and Eaten, was recently featured on NPR’s Arts & Letters.
Upcoming projects include commissions from Metropolis Ensemble in collaboration with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Third Angle Music, and Atlanta’s Chamber Cartel. His debut recording, Soft Aberration, will be released on New Focus Records in 2017. His music is published by Project Schott New York.
- Residency and Educational Tools
Priday and Wollschleger will engage partners and young musicians by building partnerships between music organizations within communities and across multiple cities.