Symphony’s February Concert Spotlights Many to Make One Memorable Performance
The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra is preparing for their 92nd season opening concert, “E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One” to premier digitally Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Shared Symphony Maestro Anthony Parnther, “the Symphony chose to entitle our concert after the official US motto which appears on the seal of the United States, as well as all of our coins, as a parallel for how we are going to accomplish the daunting feat of uniting our orchestra at a time where they have to remain separated.”
The repertoire is an eclectic variety showcasing various sections of the orchestra. The Symphony’s woodwind ensemble will perform John Williams’ Nimbus 2000 from the Harry Potter movie soundtrack. A brass quintet will perform Daniel Speer’s Die Bankelsanglieder and additional brass performers will take on Paul Dukas’ Fanfare from La Peri. The harp will be featured in Debussy’s Premiere Arabesque and a harp and flute combo will perform Bach’s Ave Maria. The strings ensemble will perform George Walker’s Lyric for Strings. Strings will combine with harpsichord for Handel’s Tornami a vagheggiar from Alcina which will also include operatic soprano Holly Sedillos. (Read more about Ms. Sedillos below.)
Covid-safe dance will also be a part of the performance of Ave Maria, Premiere Arabesque, and Die Bankelsanglieder with original choreography by Jonathan Sharp. The dancers originate with the Idyllwild Dance Academy and represent the best in upcoming talent. They include Brandon Binkly, Emiko Flanagan, Enoch Grubb, Alexa Kernan, Sofia Rochin, Charlotte Weymer, and Abbey Wyrrick. (Meet our choreographer and dancers below.)
The concert will conclude with a patriotic flourish. “And here’s where the concept comes most fully alive,” stated Maestro Parnther, “because of Covid restrictions, we had to separate the sections of the orchestra in order to keep our musicians safe. But with the magic of technology, we will reunite our entire symphony for our grand finale in which, out of many musicians in different places recording at different times, we will have one amazing and uplifting performance of America the Beautiful.”
The updated February concert varies somewhat from the originally scheduled music in that selections from West Side Story have been replaced with a variety of pieces not as dependent on sizable instrumentation. The concert had been slated to tape at a Los Angeles sound stage when it was determined that city’s updated social distancing requirements would not allow for the full orchestra to participate. The Symphony then attempted to schedule at its primary performance venue, the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino, but was declined due to newly scheduled roof repairs.
“This was not an easy decision, but it was a necessary one to ensure the safety of our orchestra and featured artists,” said Symphony Board President Dean McVay. “Our best option was to reschedule the Bernstein to February of 2022 and replace it with repertoire requiring smaller ensembles. The postponement, while initially disappointing, will actually allow us to bring a more engaging live concert next year. To that end, we have already contracted with two amazing featured singers who will be joined on stage by an outstanding complement of chorus members and dancers.”
Digital Ticketing Options
The first three concerts of the season, February 13, 2021, March 28, 2021, and May 1, 2021, will be presented in high resolution digital format and made easily accessible online using the password provided via email to each purchasing patron. Two live concerts – slated for October 23, 2021 and December 11, 2021 – are scheduled to be held at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in downtown San Bernardino.
Money-saving season subscriptions which include all five concerts, as well as single household tickets for the digital concerts and single assigned-seating tickets for the two scheduled live concerts, may be purchased online at www.sanbernardinosymphony.org or by calling the box office at (909) 381-5388. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Returning and new patrons who have received a brochure are highly encouraged to utilize the brochure order form to place their order. If you have not received a season brochure but would like one, please email the Symphony with your preferred mailing address.
Meet Our Featured Soloist, Holly Sedillos
Holly Sedillos is thrilled to be singing with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra again after her Carmina Burana debut with them in 2019. Holly is a rare Los Angeles native who is equally comfortable in the studio and on the stage. Also in 2019, Holly debuted as a soloist with the L.A. Phil, singing John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music, conducted by the composer. In 2020, she once again soloed with the L.A.Phil and Gustavo Dudamel in a Covid-safe video production that has yet to be released. She has soloed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Jeff Beal’s score to the film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and at Carnegie Hall with Christopher Tin in a concert of his album: Calling All Dawns. Holly has toured internationally with LAMC in their production of Lassus’s Lagrime di San Pietro, had featured roles in Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl, portrayed Anaïs Nin in Cindy Shapiro’s Anais: A Dance Opera at the Avignon Theatre Festival in France, sung in Voices of Liberty at Disneyland, and played Jasmine in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular! at California Adventure.
Holly has over 60 film, TV, and video game credits. Solo highlights include: Michael Abels’s score for Fake Famous on HBO, Mychael and Jeff Danna’s Adams Family, Austin Wintory’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, “Ruby’s Theme” in Benjamin Wallfisch’s The Darkest Minds, and Jeff Russo’s Lucy in the Sky and Altered Carbon. Holly recently recorded for Danny Elfman and can be heard prominently on his song “Sorry.” You will also be able to hear her on the title music for an upcoming series on Disney+, with music by Batu Sener and John Powell.
Holly’s favorite place to sing is actually in American and Australian prisons with composer Eric Genuis or Street Symphony, bringing much needed music as rehabilitation. Holly graduated from Dartmouth College and Santa Monica high school before that.
Meet Our Choreographer, Jonathan Sharp
Trained at National Academy of the Arts and the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, Sharp studied with master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Ferrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. Following, he danced professionally with the Boston Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He was also a member of Stars of America Ballet.
He returned to New York and appeared in the original casts of five Broadway shows: The Red Shoes, Carousel, The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof. He has also appeared on television as a contract player in the daytime drama Another World, as well as guest-starring on Law and Order and Gilmore Girls.
Meet Our Featured Dancers
Representing some of the finest in upcoming dance talent, members of this ensemble from Idyllwild Dance Academy will perform Jonathan's Sharp's original choreography to Premiere Arabesque, Ave' Maria, and Die Bankelsanglieder.