Maestro Loh to conduct Masterworks Concert featuring CNY native on Mozart concerto – syracuse.com
Ticket holders for the April 10 Symphoria livestream concert will hear a reflective musical study by Quinn Mason, a composer in his mid-20s; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, performed by Elbridge native Sarah Crocker-Vonsattel, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. Music Director Lawrence Loh will conduct and provide a pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to the 7:30 p.m. start.
“I premiered Quinn Mason’s “Reflection on a Memorial” in November 2020 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,” Loh said. “It was a concert calling for racial unity to honor those lives lost to racial violence and injustice. Quinn Mason’s work was written in direct response to the killing of George Floyd. I knew that I wanted to bring this important music to our Symphoria audiences.”
Mason, born in 1996, who is described in program notes as a “brilliant young composer” said the composition holds deep personal meaning for him and that he hopes each listener will find something significant in it.
“Having observed and reflected deeply on the terrible events of the summer of 2020, I saw this composition as an opportunity to express my thoughts in music,” Mason said. He compares it to George Walker’s “Lyric for Strings” or Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” in its universal appeal in honoring the memory of tragic events or in remembrance of persons who have departed.
In describing “Reflection on a Memorial,” the composer said: “It follows a form of four sections