[NO SPEECH] MICHELLE DI RUSSO: Welcome, everybody and thank you so much for being here and for all of you that have been with us the whole season. This is our final concert and I'm truly excited that we have a lot of really fun repertoire. So hopefully this will feel like a very short concert and super exciting. The first piece we're doing for you is called Death Shall Have No Dominion and it's by Christopher LaRosa, a very dear friend, staff, a ranger from the US Army Band, Pershing's Own.
And he wrote this piece inspired by the fact that he had just had a child and also a death in his family, and how this is just life, right? And how life overcomes death constantly and that's his very strong belief. So I hope you enjoy this piece. It's very hopeful, meditative and just peaceful and we've just loved putting it together and have this piece specifically written for us. So please enjoy.
Thank you so much. Now we're going to move on into an Argentinian program, so it comes very close to my heart, because I am Argentinean. So when I have to perform any kind of Argentinean or tango music, I have to say, I cry a bit. They've seen me get a bit emotional because it's just such beautiful music that reminds me of home.
Before I do that, I want to acknowledge our seniors here today that are graduating. I'm so sad to see you all leave. Please come in.
We have some Symphony Orchestra seniors. I want you to join us for our last concert. And I made a list so that I really don't mess up this time. So Patricia Ku, our senior.
Lindsey Forg. Claudia Xue. And Akugbe Imudia. Now please help me welcome Juan Pablo Jofre, our Argentinean accordionist for today's performance.
JUAN PABLO JOFRE: Hello, hello, everybody. Thank you so much for coming. It's a great pleasure to be here today, working with this wonderful orchestra. And thank you, Michelle for making this happen. And Thanks Cornell University for having me.
And we just performed an arrangement that I wrote of Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla. And the next piece we're going to play is Tango Romo. And I wanted to say a little bit about the instrument. This instrument is called a bandoneon and it's an instrument that was invented in Germany in the 1890's and it was invented to play religious music in the poor churches of Germany that couldn't afford to have an organ.
And then somehow the instrument ended up in Argentina and it became the main voice of tango music, the music of my country. And one of the most particular thing about this instrument is that every button plays two notes, one note when I open. And the same button, when it close, it changes the beat.
Something's going up and down and the intervals are always different. And on my left hand I have the lower register, and again, every button plays two notes.
So we have to learn four keywords. Two keywords opening and two totally different keywords closing. And I think that's why the Germans send it to Argentina. So, thank you so much.
TAIRAN ZHANG: Hi, can I have the mic? OK. Sorry my name is Tairan Zhang. I'm the incoming President of the Cornell Orchestras.
Thank you so much for coming to our last concert at the cycle. Before I let you go and enjoy your evenings, I have a few announcements and shout outs that I'd like to give. So first to start out, I'd like to thank the orchestra's for a truly incredible season.
I'm obviously a bit biased, but I think that CCO just nailed this last concert. And CSO had an incredible program last week and they're here supporting their friends. So thank you. During this time last year, it wasn't immediately clear that we'd even be here in front of you today performing in front of a live audience in Bailey Hall.
I know a lot of us tried to keep the music alive and our chops up by playing in chamber music ensembles and practicing, practicing, right? But it really wasn't the same. And so now to have performed our eighth concert here, I can just say that the orchestras are back and I'm really happy about that.
And I would be remiss relatedly if I didn't thank the Cornell Orchestra Board for all of their hard work this year. If you're a current or incoming member of the board, please stand and be recognized. I can honestly say that none of this would have been possible without their hard work and their commitment to this program.
Not the music rentals that make the music happen, not the upcoming spring formal on May 6, and not the international tour that we're planning for next year. So thank you for all of your hard work. We couldn't have done it without you.
And now, speaking of international tour, we're currently organizing one. If you go out to the lobby, on the table to the right, you'll find board members who can talk you through ways you can support us in our endeavors. In the past we've visited Taiwan, Ireland, Argentina. And I can truly say that these are formative experiences for us both, as ensembles and as a family.
And while we don't have a venue set, we would greatly appreciate your support and we'll have more details soon. So there are Krispy Kreme fundraisers that you can participate in, if you would like to. and you can just donate. So thank you. And lastly, I would like to thank our incredible conductor, Dr. Michelle Di Russo, who has been a rock for the orchestras.
I have to be frank with you. She inherited a bit of a mess this year with the fallout from COVID and the fact that we've had now seven conductors in the past four years. But she's been a rock through it all. She's led us through fun programs and she's given us stability when we need it the most.
I have personally had the great privilege of seeing the work that she's put in behind the scenes, the stuff that a lot of us don't really get to see. And I can just say that the hard work and investment that she's put into this orchestra is a testament to her commitment to the music, to her love for us, and also to her character, most fundamentally. And so thank you Michelle. You're an incredible conductor, my favorite personally ever.
And the orchestras are truly stronger for having played under your baton. So thank you for this year. Thank you for all that you've done and when you're director of The Vienna Phil, please come back and say hi.
MICHELLE DI RUSSO: I will.
TAIRAN ZHANG: And yes, I think Maggie has some flowers.
MICHELLE DI RUSSO: Oh my gosh.
TAIRAN ZHANG: And a card from CCO for you. Thank you for everything. And now to our incredible audience, to the orchestras, see you in the fall.
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Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Michelle Di Russo, conductor. Guest artist Juan Pablo Jofre performs on bandoneon, and the program includes Jofre's compositions Universe for String Orchestra and Bandoneon, Tangodromo for String Orchestra and Bandoneon, and Jofre's arrangement of Piazzolla's Adios Nonino.