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Anne Akiko Meyers & SDS, set for 'Adam Schoenberg Concerto' premiere / San Diego Union-Tribune

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When it comes to music, American composer Adam Schoenberg considers what he sees just as important as what he hears. That's why when famed violinist Anne Akiko Meyers commissioned him to write a concerto for violin in 2016, he found inspiration in a photograph of an apple orchard in central Massachusetts - in his hometown of New Salem, where he and his wife were married. The picture, a wedding gift from photographer Adam Laipson six years ago, "hangs in our bedroom, and I wake up to it every single day."

"Orchard in Fog" - the first world premiere of new music by the San Diego Symphony since the December 2014 performance of David Bruce's "Fragile Light" violin concerto - has come a long way from that initial conversation with Meyers in 2016. He began working on it in earnest early last year, "and then over the summer, I started to dive in more regularly," Schoenberg says. "I conceptualized for six to eight months and took three months to write the concert."

The San Diego Symphony presents "Preludes and Premiere" with Sameer Patel, conductor; and Anne Akiko Meyers, violin at Copley Symphony Hall at Jacobs Music Center The Sunday Feb. 11 performance can be viewed on facebook

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