Renowned Composer Quinn Mason’s Svítání for String Orchestra to Premiere at Berks Sinfonietta’s “Black History Month Concert”

Berks County, PA – Berks Sinfonietta, Vox Philia Chamber Choir, Penn State Berks Campus Choir, the Albright Chamber Ensemble, and the Lincoln University Concert Choir in collaboration with esteemed composer and conductor Quinn Mason, is thrilled to announce the regional premiere of Mason’s latest composition, Svítání for String Orchestra. This exceptional piece will be showcased as part of Berks Sinfonietta’s “Black History Month Concert” on February 10, 2024, at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Shillington, PA. at 7:30pm.

Quinn Mason, a prodigious talent described by critics as “a brilliant composer just barely in his 20s who seems to make waves wherever he goes,” has garnered significant recognition for his contributions to the world of classical music. With over 150 professional, regional, community, and youth orchestras across the US and Europe performing his works, Mason has firmly established himself as one of the most sought-after young composers in the country.

Svítání, which translates to “Dawn” in Czech, captivates listeners with its evocative melodies and rich harmonies. Inspired by the resilience and triumph of African Americans throughout history, Mason’s composition pays homage to the indomitable spirit that has shaped our shared cultural heritage. Through the skillful manipulation of strings, Mason weaves a narrative that takes audiences on an emotional journey, celebrating the triumphs and struggles faced by individuals who have paved the way for a more inclusive society.

Berks Sinfonietta, under the baton of esteemed conductor Dr. David McConnell, will bring Mason’s Svítání to life with their unmatched artistry and dedication to musical excellence. The “Black History Month Concert” aims to honor the significant contributions made by African American musicians and composers while providing a platform for emerging talents like Quinn Mason to shine.

“We are honored to have the privilege of premiering Quinn Mason’s Svítání,” said Dr. McConnell. “His ability to capture the essence of a story through music is unparalleled, and we believe this composition will resonate deeply with our audience. We are excited to showcase his talent as part of our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in classical music.” This historic occasion is not to be missed, as it represents a significant milestone in Mason’s already illustrious career.

In addition to Quinn Mason’s Svítání, the evening’s program will also feature Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a French-Guianese composer, violinist, conductor, and fencer. Born in Guadeloupe to a wealthy planter and his enslaved African mistress, Saint-Georges received a classical education and excelled in music, fencing, and composition.

Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 11 No. 2, published in 1779, is one of only two extant symphonies by Saint-Georges. The symphony is scored for a standard classical orchestra, including two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, and strings.

Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 2 is a significant work in the classical music canon for several reasons. First, it is one of the earliest symphonies composed by a Black composer. Second, the symphony showcases Saint-Georges’ mastery of the symphonic form and incorporates African musical elements, such as syncopation and cross-rhythms.

Although the symphony was performed relatively infrequently during Saint-Georges’ lifetime and fell into obscurity after his death, it has recently gained recognition and is now being performed and recorded by leading orchestras worldwide. The symphony’s significance lies in its role as a bridge between European and African musical traditions, paving the way for other Black composers to make significant contributions to classical music.

About Quinn Mason

Quinn Mason is a composer and conductor based in Dallas, Texas. With an impressive list of accolades and commissions from renowned orchestras and ensembles worldwide, Mason has solidified his position as one of the most promising young composers of his generation. His works have been performed by esteemed organizations such as the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and many others. For more

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