Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra
Fall 2022

Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra

November 12, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Ensemble season. This is an archived view.

22/23 Hop Ensemble

This year, as the Hop turns 60, we launch into reimagining and expanding our iconic building. This concert and the Arts District Open House coincide with the reopening of Dartmouth Hall and the college's 50th anniversary of co-education.

DSO takes part in the two-day celebrations as the orchestra welcomes pianist Karen Walwyn to play Piano Concerto in One Movement. Price was the first black woman composer to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. She was also a prodigy, playing her first piano recital at the age of 4. Walwyn is a concert pianist, composer, recording artist and a Florence Price scholar.
The program also includes Berlioz's astounding Symphonie Fantastique and Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait, featuring a powerful narration by our special guest—actress and member of the Hop Board of Advisors, Sharon Washington '81

Generously supported by the Roesch Family Fund in Support of Instrumental Ensembles, Friends of the Symphony Orchestra and the Benjamin Schore '51a Fund for Excellence in Piano Performance.

Karen Walwyn
Karen Walwyn, concert pianist, composer, recording artist and a Florence Price scholar, is the first female African American pianist/composer to receive the International Steinway Artist Award. Walwyn began her journey with Price when she was invited to perform and record the world premiere of the Concerto in One Movement by Florence Price with the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble by the Center of Black Music Research. Continuing the journey, Walwyn just released her Florence Price solo piano music including a number of world premieres on the birthday of Price on April 9, 2022. As a composer, she received the Global Award: Gold Medal Award of Excellence for her recording of her composition entitled Reflections on 9/11. A Mellon Faculty Fellow, Walwyn continuously receives numerous commissions for solo, chamber and orchestral works. Dr. Walwyn, Area Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Howard University, is in constant concert demand nationally and internationally for both her repertoire from Frédéric Chopin to Florence
Price, as well as for performances of her own works. Learn more.

Sharon Washington
Sharon is a proud member of Dartmouth's Class of 1981. She is celebrating over 30 years as a working actress and her new journey as a writer. Her most recent television appearances include guest star roles on Bull and Power Book III; the award-winning short film Birdwatching co-starring Amanda Seyfried, and Down with The King which premiered at Cannes ACID; Other film/television work: Joker, The Kitchen, On The Basis of Sex, Michael Clayton, Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, Die Hard With A Vengeance, and all the NY Law & Order franchises where she can still occasionally be seen on the bench as Judge Virginia Hayes. You may also recognize her voice as the narrator of several documentary series for Animal Planet, Discovery, NOVA and TV One. Sharon made her debut as playwright at City Theatre with the world premiere of her solo play Feeding The Dragon which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show and won an Audelco Award for Solo Performance. Sharon completed Feeding the Dragon at Dartmouth during her New York Theatre Workshop summer writing residency in 2015. Sharon is Co-Writer/Executive Producer of the screenplay adaptation of Feeding the Dragon which has been optioned by a major Hollywood studio and is currently in development. Sharon is currently co-writing the libretto for the new musical New York New York with music by Kander & Ebb, directed & choreographed by Susan Stroman, and set to premiere on Broadway in the Spring of 2023. Learn more.

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