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October 4, 2014
LAUNCHING A NEW ERA
Stilian Kirov is currently the Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony and has also served as Associate Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program.
Mr. Kirov has been Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra as well as the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he has also returned in 2012 as a guest conductor. Mr. Kirov is a graduate in orchestral conducting of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of James DePreist. He also holds a master’s degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Dominique Rouits. Mr. Kirov has worked with distinguished conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stéphane Denève, Gianluigi Gelmetti, George Manahan and Asher Fisch, among others.
Praised for her “natural musicality and beauty of tone” (Cincinnati Enquirer) during the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong landed among the top six finalists.
She has begun to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “natural beauty of tone” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News). Ms. Dong gave her first recital at age 10, and has appeared with the Aspen Music Festival, Hong Kong, Juilliard, Shanxi, Shenzhen Symphony, and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras; been presented in Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall and the Louvre Auditorium; and been featured multiple times on New York’s WQXR radio.
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November 8, 2014
TWO GREAT ORCHESTRAL MASTERPIECES
Now in his second season, Alejandro Gutiérrez is the Assistant Conductor for Pacific Symphony and serves as Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Gutiérrez served as associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica (NSO) from 1998 to 2011, constantly touring the nation’s seven provinces with this orchestra as well as conducting concerts in the subscription series. He is the designer and conductor of several successful educational and family programs which include “Discovering Beethoven,” “The Family Instruments of the Orchestra,” “From the Caves to the Orchestra” and “The Concerto,” among others.
As music director and conductor of the University of Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra and the National Institute of Music Wind Orchestra, Gutiérrez led a program for new music, where he premiered winning compositions from the national award of composition given by the Minister of Culture.
Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur, and has since performed as soloist each season.
From the time of Mr. Brey’s New York and Kennedy Center debuts in 1982, he has been regularly hailed by audiences and critics for his virtuosity, flawless technique, and complete musicianship. He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.
February 14, 2015
A HILARIOUS VISIT TO THE BARBER
Since winning 1st Prize at the 2003 Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, conductor Tomasz Golka has appeared with orchestras in North and South America and Europe to great critical acclaim.
In May 2014, Golka assumes the position of Chief Conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia (Colombian National Symphony) in Bogotá.
Since the 2010-11 season he is Music Director of Riverside County Philharmonic, an extraordinary, virtuoso orchestra, made up of the best freelance musicians from the Los Angeles area.
Recent guest conducting appearances include Warsaw Philharmonic, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, and California Symphony. Upcoming engagements include Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.
Formerly Music Director of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2012, Golka presided over a period in that orchestra’s history acknowledged as one consisting of the highest musical standards, fiscal prosperity, and great ticket sales.
Enjoy opera soloists from our local area in this unique performance.
March 14, 2015
Teresa Cheung is the Music Director and Conductor of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra (PA). A recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors, Cheung is equally at home with both orchestral and operatic/vocal genres. She has served as Resident Conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City, as well as Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival from 2004-2012. In 2012, Cheung made her conducting debut with the New York City Ballet in their Balanchine Nutcracker production. Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana, where she served concurrently as Conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Frequent guest conducting in the United States has led her to orchestras such as the Phoenix. Portland, and Amarillo Symphonies.
Cheung makes it her mission to bring an awareness of the importance of creating an ‘artistic legacy’ through music. She strives to bring forth inventive concert performances, collaborative projects and outreach programs to various audiences, and is a passionate advocate for music education at all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure with the Altoona Symphony, numerous programs have been created to engage area children and young adults.“Dvorak’s New World”, a fine example of Cheung’s work for outreach and education, can be viewed via Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ weblink at: http://humanitiesontheroad.squarespace.com/dvoraks-new-world/
Elena Urioste – Recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and featured on the cover of Symphony magazine, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. Elena’s debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were praised by three separate critics for their “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.”
Juan-Miguel Hernandez – An artist defined by the critics as “…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing “…the sweetest, most sonorous tone…” (washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In 2009, he won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition, presented by JPMorgan Chase.
April 11, 2015
TWO BSO PREMIERS
A compelling, insightful and energetic force on the podium, conductor Rebecca Miller is acclaimed by press and audiences alike. Her sophisticated music making and evocative command of varied composers and styles, coupled with her ability to connect with audiences of all ages, have resulted in her increasing demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad.
Ms. Miller was the first prize winner at the 4th Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, is Artistic Director of The New Professionals Orchestra (London, UK), Music Director of The Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Orchestra, and Fellow in Music Performance at the Royal Holloway University of London.
The Bakersfield Master Chorale is a choral society of adult voices directed by Dr. Robert Provencio and affiliated with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. During its concert season, the Chorale seeks to enrich community musical awareness by presenting performances of major choral literature, secular and sacred, from all musical eras.
May 9, 2015
GOLDSMITH & CO. IN A PHOTO FINISH
Winner of the 2013 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award, Roger Kalia continues to make his mark as a rising young conductor. Mr. Kalia is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2013-14 season. In this position, he conducts a variety of concerts including Family, Education, and Community run-out concerts while covering all classical subscription concerts for Maestro Christopher Warren-Green and guest conductors.
As a recipient of the BMI/Lionel Newman Conducting Scholarship and YMF Conducting Grant, Mr. Kalia is in his second season as Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles.
Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world.