Soul of a Nation: Four Portraits of Presidential Character
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Four stunning concertos composed by Victoria Bond in collaboration with librettist Myles Lee.

The presidents honored in this album fundamentally altered the structure and development of the United States. Composer Victoria Bond, in collaboration with librettist Myles Lee, MD, has written four concertos for soloist and narrator: “Soul of a Nation” (from which the title of the album was derived) is a portrait of Thomas Jefferson; “The Indispensable Man” illuminates Franklin Roosevelt; “The Crowded Hours” presents Theodore Roosevelt; and “Pater Patriae” honors George Washington. As portraits of personal character, each piece illustrates the inner turmoil each man endured on his journey to immortality. Soloists from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Frank Almond, Concertmaster), and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (John Bruce Yeh, assistant principal clarinet and Mark Ridenour, assistant principal trumpet), and Gabriela Vargas (flute) join narrators Adrian Dunn, Henry Fogel, Ray Frewen, and David Holloway. Emanuele Andrizzi and Stephen Squires conduct the chamber orchestra and wind ensemble from the Chicago College of performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Contents:
Victoria Bond, composer
Soul of a Nation: Concerto for Violin and String Ensemble
Frank Almond, violin; Henry Fogel, narrator; Roosevelt University Chamber Orchestra; Emanuele Andrizzi, conductor

Victoria Bond, composer
The Indispensable Man: Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble
John Bruce Yeh, clarinet; David Holloway, narrator; Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble; Stephen Squires, conductor

Victoria Bond, composer
The Crowded Hours: Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble
Mark Ridenour, trumpet; Ray Frewen, narrator; Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble; Stephen Squires, conductor

Victoria Bond, composer
Pater Patriae: Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble
Gabriela Vargas, flute; Adrian Dunn, narrator; Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble; Stephen Squires, conductor

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