TONIGHT AT
THE FILENE CENTER

NATIONAL ORCHESTRAL
INSTITUTE PHILHARMONIC

Marin Alsop, conductor
Madeline Adkins, violin
JUN 24 | 8 PM

PROGRAM

JESSIE MONTGOMERY

Caught by the Wind

NATHAN LINCOLN-DeCUSATIS

The Maze for Violin and Orchestra

Echos –
The Overlook –
Pictographs –
The Confluence

Madeline Adkins, violin

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”

Allegro ma non troppo: Awakening of Cheerful Feelings up Arrival in the Country
Andante molto moto: Scene by the Brook
Allegro: Merry Gathering of Country Folk

Allegro: Thunderstorm
Allegretto: Shepherd’s Song; Happy and Thankful Feelings After the Storm

Thanks to PNC for making this evening possible!


Marin Alsop, one of the foremost conductors of our time, conducts her inaugural concert as Music Director of the University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute + Festival in a program powered by nature. Inspired by environmental activism and the intricate natural landscape of upstate New York, Jessie Montgomery’s Caught by the Wind implements brilliant counterpoint to represent the planet’s various natural cycles. Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis’s The Maze, commissioned by Utah Symphony Concertmaster Madeline Adkins and premiering in this concert, is named after and inspired by The Maze district of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and captures the humbling vastness of geologic transformation over time. Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony rounds out this evening of nature inspired works with a journey through scenic landscapes–from the countryside to a serene brook to a thunderous storm.

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival, a program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Musicians are chosen through a rigorous, cross-country audition process. Every year, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire both at The Clarice and in the College Park, Maryland community.

MARIN ALSOP, conductor

A conductor of vision and distinction, Marin Alsop represents a powerful and inspiring voice. Convinced that music has the power to change lives, she is internationally recognized for her innovative approach to programming and audience development, her deep commitment to education, and her advocacy for music’s importance in the world.

Alsop currently serves as Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the first Music Director of the University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), and Chief Conductor and Curator of Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, where she curates and conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies. She is also Conductor of Honour of Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). In 2021 she assumed the title of Music Director Laureate and OrchKids Founder of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, after an outstanding 14-year tenure as its Music Director. 

In addition to enjoying longstanding relationships with the London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras, she regularly guest conducts major international ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Cleveland, La Scala, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras. She was also Music Director of California’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music for 25 years. 

The first and only conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Alsop has also been honored with the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. Recognized with multiple Gramophone Awards, her extensive discography includes recordings for Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Sony Classical. To promote and nurture the careers of her fellow female conductors, in 2002 she founded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, which was recently renamed in her honor as the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship.

MADELINE ADKINS, violin

Violinist Madeline Adkins joined the Utah Symphony as Concertmaster in September 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), performing as Associate Concertmaster from 2005-2016. She was also Concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra from 2008-2016. She has served as Guest Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. 

Adkins has appeared with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Africa, and 24 U.S. states, including more than 25 works as soloist with the BSO, and 7 concertos as soloist with the Utah Symphony. Her recording of the complete works for violin and piano by Felix Mendelssohn with pianist Luis Magalhães on the TwoPianists label was released to critical acclaim in late 2016. Her additional discography includes 13 albums with the Baltimore Symphony—on which she was featured as a soloist on Brandenburg Concertos No. 2 and 4—and six albums thus far with the Utah Symphony.

She has been a member of the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and Pro Musica Rara of Baltimore. With the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Adkins appeared as conductor and soloist in several baroque programs of her own design, as well as hosting concerts as part of the Casual Series. Since her arrival in Utah, she continues to lead conductor-less concerts with the Utah Symphony.


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THANK YOU TO

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2021 Season Underwriters