Featuring bassist Xavier Foley and violinist Eunice Kim
(Columbus) – Music Director David Danzmayr and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra – back in full force for Opening Night — will perform at their home, the Southern Theatre, for the first time since February 2020. Bassist and composer Xavier Foley, along with violinist Eunice Kim, will perform his own work “For Justice and Peace” for bass, violin and string orchestra. Bach, Beethoven and Bottesini round out the program.
ProMusica’s return to the Southern Theatre will take place on Sunday, October 10 at 7:00 PM.
“After navigating a complex 18 months, we are very excited to return to our home, the Southern Theatre! It will be a thrill to be back on the stage with all our musicians, as we open the new season with our very special guests,” said ProMusica CEO Janet Chen. “I can’t imagine a better artist to start the new season than Xavier Foley – a talented bassist, composer, soloist and musician who has a powerful and inspiring musical voice. This will be a memorable night for everyone on and off the stage – to finally be back together safely enjoying the ProMusica experience.”
The program will begin with composer Clarice Assad’s re-imagining of J.S. Bach’s Suite For Lower Strings. David Danzmayr and ProMusica are putting special emphasis this season on highlighting female composers, as well as promoting a wide array of artists from diverse backgrounds. Xavier Foley’s For Justice and Peace, which was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the. New World Symphony, and the Sphinx Organization is a work that illustrates how the issues of justice and peace remain critical to our society today. The work also features guest violinist Eunice Kim. Additionally, Xavier Foley will display his considerable range of talents performing as soloist as well with Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto for Double Bass No. 2. The evening will end with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Musician and composer Xavier Foley is known for communicating his virtuosity and passion for music on the double bass, which is rarely presented as a solo instrument. Winner of a prestigious 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he was recently recognized on New York WQXR’s “19 for 19” Artists to Watch list, and featured on PBS Thirteen’s NYC-ARTs. Mr. Foley won the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes and a Paiko Foundation Fellowship, and First Prizes at Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx’s 2014 Competition, and the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition.
A young artist with a unique voice, violinist Eunice Kim has been proclaimed “just superb” by The New York Times and “a born performer” by Epoch Times. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, the award-winning violinist has been a featured soloist with many orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra; Louisville Symphony; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; the Seongnam Philharmonic; Bakersfield Symphony; and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, with which she recorded George Tsontakis’s Unforgettable, released in 2017 on Naxos Records. She made her solo debut at the age of seven with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets for the Opening Night concert will range from $16 to $58, and will go on sale Thursday, September 9 at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available through the ProMusica office (online at www.promusicacolumbus.org, and by phone at 614.464.0066 ext. 111) or through Ticketmaster.
Only single tickets will be sold for ProMusica’s Fall concerts to ensure flexibility and safety for all audiences. A section for social distanced seating will also be available upon request through the ProMusica office, and Southern Theatre capacity will be limited. CAPA requires all patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks at all times while inside the Southern Theatare, regardless of vaccination status until further notice.
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra delivers a world-class and unique classical music experience—through innovative chamber orchestra programming, education outreach, audience intimacy, and artistic excellence. Recognized for its commitment to performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 69 new works and has presented more than 110 premieres.
Bringing worldwide talent to Columbus since 1978, ProMusica offers an adventurous musical experience through intimate performances on the stages of the Southern Theatre and The Fives. The orchestra, comprised of 37 musicians, showcases homegrown talents, rising stars, and guest artists of international acclaim. Beyond the concert hall, the orchestra is equally at home throughout the community, serving thousands of individuals through key education and outreach programs. Known for its dual traditions of artistic integrity and fiscal responsibility, ProMusica is now in its 43rd season.
ProMusica’s 2021-2022 season is supported by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, Nationwide, the Reinberger Foundation, and the ProMusica Sustaining Board. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101 FM.
Additional information is available at promusicacolumbus.org.