Buffalo based composer Caroline Mallonee's compositions are often inspired by science, such as her previous collaboration with BPO 'cellist Feng Hew and conductor Chris Weber's Camerata di Sant'Antonio string orchestra called "Whistler Waves" (an atmospheric phenonmenon). The triple threat is back with "Portraits of Andromeda" Sunday evening, May 5 (details below). With such other compositions illustrating Newton's Three Laws of Motion or "The Butterfly Effect," Mallonee has poured a lifelong fascination with science into her original compositions. Following up on the successful 2012 "Whistler Waves" collaboration with the chamber sized string orchestra directed by Christopher Weber, in 2015 she expanded the score for large orchestra where it was recorded by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta for their "Built for Buffalo 2" CD on the BPO's house label "Beau Fleuve." And now, a new commission has brought the team back together.
In this conversation, the three talk about the myth of Andromeda (chained to a rock but rescued by Perseus) and her presence in the heavens, how 'cellist Hew and composer Mallonee worked together (lots of email), and why the venue (St. Anthony of Padua church) is the right venue for this concert.
Mallonee is based in Buffalo, earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Yale School of Music, and her Ph.D from Duke University. Feng Hew has been the BPO’s Associate Principal Cellist since 1999. Christopher Weber is the founder, Artistic Director, and principal conductor of the "Camerata di Sant'Antonio" whose home base is once again in the acoustically superior St. Anthony of Padua church located directly behind Buffalo's City Hall.
The concert, titled "East Meets West" will also include works by "Eastern" composers Zhou Long and Yoshimatsu, Armenian-American composer Alan Hovhaness, and "Western" composers Mallonee, Copland, and Mercury. That's Freddie Mercury and the concert will end with a string orchestra arrangement of "Bohemian Rhapsody," the symphonic rock song made famous by Freddie Mercury's group Queen.