Cynthia Yeh, principal percussion of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is one of 14 musicians chosen to perform in an inauguration tribute to President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Presented by the group Classical Movements and conducted by acclaimed maestra Marin Alsop, the tribute will be streamed at 11 a.m. (CST) Jan. 19.
She will join musicians from leading orchestras as part of the Hope & Harmony Ensemble, led by Alsop, in an “Inauguration Fanfare for Joe and Kamala,” featuring two iconic 20th-century works: Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1.
The 14 musicians represent the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Peabody Institute, South Asian Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Utah Symphony.
Alsop, a frequent guest conductor at Orchestra Hall, and chief conductor and curator of the Ravinia Festival, the CSO’s longtime summer home, said in a statement, “It’s a privilege to pay tribute to this new leadership team and celebrate this historic moment in America.”
The “Fanfare for Joe and Kamala” will be streamed for free on the social-media platforms of Classical Movements as well as those of the 14 participating orchestras and other partners. Along with the performances of the Copland and Tower works, the event will feature footage of each musician, recorded on site nationwide. The streaming event also will incorporate photographs and video footage illustrating the themes of “America the Beautiful” and the struggle for civil rights and equality for women in the United States.
Founded in 1992, the Virginia-based Classical Movements organizes and presents tour performances worldwide with the goal of “fostering cultural diplomacy and promoting peace through the medium of music.” It also conceived, produced and is directing the Hope & Harmony Ensemble. Neeta Helms, founder and president of Classical Movements, said in a statement, “I am elated to be able to finally celebrate our first female vice president. I am deeply inspired by Kamala Harris, and as an Indian-born American, I feel particular personal pride that her mother was Indian and in [Harris’] archetypically American background.” She added, “It is also fitting that we celebrate Joe Biden, an example to us all for his ideals of decency and hope, and his perseverance in the face of hardship and tragedy.”
Along with the CSO’s Yeh, the Hope & Harmony Ensemble consists of Elizabeth Freimuth, principal horn, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Jaclyn Rainey, principal horn, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, third horn, the Minnesota Orchestra; Nivanthi Karunaratne, principal horn, South Asian Symphony Orchestra; Barry Perkins, principal trumpet, Pacific Symphony; Jeff Luke, associate principal trumpet, Utah Symphony; Elmer Churampi, third trumpet, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic; Amanda Stewart, associate principal trombone, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; John Lofton, bass trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Velvet Brown, tuba, lecturer at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University; Scott Christian, assistant principal timpani, National Symphony Orchestra, and Brian Prechtl, percussion, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
For more information, please go to classicalmovements.com/fanfare.