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2023 Great Performers Series

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Monday, Jan 30, 7:30 pm  |  Riverview Performing Arts Center

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

One of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles, and described by Time Magazine as “America’s greatest quartet,” the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson Quartet embarks on their farewell concert tour during their 47th and final season.

HAYDN – String Quartet in G major, Op. 33 no. 5
MENDELSSOHN – String Quartet in E major,  Op. 12
BEETHOVEN – String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, no. 2

Paul Watkins, cello; Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola

“The Emerson performances represented an extraordinary fusion of experience and authority with audacity and freshness.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE

The Emerson String Quartet is in its final season, disbanding after more than four decades as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles. The Quartet has made more than 30 acclaimed recordings, and has been honored with nine GRAMMYs® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” award. They have commissioned and premiered works from some of today’s most esteemed composers, and have partnered in performance with leading soloists including Renée Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Mstislav Rostropovich, James Galway, Leon Fleisher, and Isaac Stern.

In its final season, the Quartet is giving farewell performances across North America and Europe, including San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Prague’s Rudolfinum, London’s Southbank Centre for the completion of its acclaimed cycle of Shostakovich quartets, and more, before coming home to New York City for its final series there with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. They will give several performances of André Previn’s Penelope with Renée Fleming and Uma Thurman, including at the Los Angeles Opera, and they will appear at Carnegie Hall with Evgeny Kissin to perform the Dvořák Quintet. The final performance as the Emerson String Quartet will take place in October 2023 in New York City, and will be filmed for a planned documentary by filmmaker Tristan Cook.

The Quartet’s extensive discography includes the complete string quartets of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bartók, Webern, and Shostakovich, as well as multi-CD sets of the major works of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Dvořák. In its final season, the Quartet will record Schoenberg’s Second Quartet with Barbara Hannigan for release in 2023, with the sessions video documented by Mathieu Amalric for a short film. Deutsche Grammophon will also reissue its box set of the Emerson Complete Recordings on the label, with two new additions. In October 2020, the group released a recording of Schumann’s three string quartets for the Pentatone label. In the preceding year, the Quartet joined forces with GRAMMY®-winning pianist Evgeny Kissin to release a collaborative album for Deutsche Grammophon, recorded live at a sold-out Carnegie Hall concert in 2018. 

 

Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson String Quartet was one of the first quartets whose violinists alternate in the first violin position. The Quartet, which takes its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, balances busy performing careers with a commitment to teaching, and serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.  In 2013, cellist Paul Watkins—a distinguished soloist, award-wining conductor, and devoted chamber musician—joined the original members of the Quartet to form today’s group.

 

In the spring of 2016, the State University of New York awarded full-time Stony Brook faculty members Philip Setzer and Lawrence Dutton the status of Distinguished Professor, and conferred the title of Honorary Distinguished Professor on part-time faculty members Eugene Drucker and Paul Watkins.  In January of 2015, the Quartet received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor, in recognition of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field. 

Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 pm  |  Riverview Performing Arts Center 

Pianist Awadagin Pratt 

Acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involved performances, Awadagin Pratt performs a varied program of piano works.  “An enormous dynamic range encompassed grave quiet to immense thunder.” – The Boston Music Intelligencer 

GLASS – Glassworks
COUPERIN – Les Baricades Mistérieuses
VASKS – Castillo Interior
HERSCH – Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone
RACHMANINOFF – Prelude in D, Op. 23, no. 4
CHOPIN – Nocturne in B, Op. 62, no. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY – Intermezzo from The Nutcracker
LISZT – Sonata in B minor

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances.

Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting.

In 1992, Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the US including performances at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.  His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Detroit symphonies among many others.  

Also an experienced conductor, Mr. Pratt ‘s upcoming engagements include play/conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and conducting Porgy and Bess for the Greensboro Opera.A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears. 

Mr. Pratt’s recordings for Angel/EMI include A Long Way From Normal, an all Beethoven Sonata CD, Live From South Africa, Transformations and an all Bach disc with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His most recent recordings are the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Zuill Bailey for Telarc and a recording of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont with the Harlem String Quartet for Navona Records.

Awadagin Pratt is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano and produces a festival every spring featuring performances and conversations with well-known faculty members and pianists.  Mr. Pratt has commissioned seven composers – Jessie Montgomery, Alvin Singleton, Judd Greenstein, Tyshawn Sorey, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Paola Prestini and Peteris Vasks – to compose works for piano with string orchestra and/or A Roomful of Teeth.  Mr. Singleton’s work was premiered with the New World Symphony in April 2021 and Ms. Montgomery’s concerto was performed by a consortium of nine US orchestras, including the St. Louis, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Indianapolis symphonies, in the spring of 2022. 

Mr. Pratt is currently Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  He also served as the Artistic Director of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and the Next Generation Festival. In recognition of his achievements in the field of classical music, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University as well as honorary doctorates from Illinois Wesleyan and Susquehanna Universities.    

Awadagin Pratt is a Yamaha artist.  For more information, please visit www.awadagin.com.

Awadagin Pratt

Pianist Awadagin Pratt 

Acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involved performances, Awadagin Pratt performs a varied program of piano works.  “An enormous dynamic range encompassed grave quiet to immense thunder.” – The Boston Music Intelligencer.

GLASS – Glassworks
COUPERIN – Les Baricades Mistérieuses
VASKS – Castillo Interior
HERSCH – Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone
RACHMANINOFF – Prelude in D, Op. 23, no. 4
CHOPIN – Nocturne in B, Op. 62, no. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY – Intermezzo from The Nutcracker
LISZT – Sonata in B minor

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances.

Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting.

In 1992, Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the US including performances at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.  His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Detroit symphonies among many others.  

Also an experienced conductor, Mr. Pratt ‘s upcoming engagements include play/conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh and conducting Porgy and Bess for the Greensboro Opera.A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears. 

Mr. Pratt’s recordings for Angel/EMI include A Long Way From Normal, an all Beethoven Sonata CD, Live From South Africa, Transformations and an all Bach disc with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His most recent recordings are the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Zuill Bailey for Telarc and a recording of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont with the Harlem String Quartet for Navona Records.

Awadagin Pratt is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano and produces a festival every spring featuring performances and conversations with well-known faculty members and pianists.  Mr. Pratt has commissioned seven composers – Jessie Montgomery, Alvin Singleton, Judd Greenstein, Tyshawn Sorey, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Paola Prestini and Peteris Vasks – to compose works for piano with string orchestra and/or A Roomful of Teeth.  Mr. Singleton’s work was premiered with the New World Symphony in April 2021 and Ms. Montgomery’s concerto was performed by a consortium of nine US orchestras, including the St. Louis, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Indianapolis symphonies, in the spring of 2022. 

Mr. Pratt is currently Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.  He also served as the Artistic Director of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and the Next Generation Festival. In recognition of his achievements in the field of classical music, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins University as well as honorary doctorates from Illinois Wesleyan and Susquehanna Universities.    

Awadagin Pratt is a Yamaha artist.  For more information, please visit www.awadagin.com.

Awadagin Pratt

Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 pm  |  Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Riccardo Muti

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, RICCARDO MUTI, MUSIC DIRECTOR

Hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra makes its highly anticipated return to Sarasota.  In his final season as Music Director, Riccardo Muti leads the Orchestra in an exciting program that celebrates their extraordinary partnership.

BEETHOVEN – Coriolan Overture
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8
LIADOV – The Enchanted Lake
MUSSORGSKY – Pictures from an Exhibition

Born in Naples, Italy, Riccardo Muti is one of the preeminent conductors of our day. In 2010, he became the tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His leadership has been distinguished by the strength of his artistic partnership with the Orchestra; his dedication to performing great works of the past and present, including fifteen world premieres to date; the enthusiastic reception he and the CSO have received on national and international tours; and eleven recordings on the CSO Resound label, with three Grammy awards among them. In addition, Muti’s contributions to the cultural life of Chicago—with performances throughout its many neighborhoods and at Orchestra Hall—have made a lasting impact on the city.

Before becoming the CSO’s music director, Muti had more than forty years of experience at the helm of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1968–1980), the Philharmonia Orchestra (1972–1982), the Philadelphia Orchestra (1980–1992), and Teatro alla Scala (1986–2005), and he has had a close relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival for more than fifty years.

Muti has received innumerable international honors. He is a Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Italian Republic, Knight Commander of the British Empire, Officer of the French Legion of Honor, Knight of the Grand Cross First Class of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, and a recipient of the German Verdienstkreuz. Muti has also received Israel’s Wolf Prize for the Arts, Sweden’s Birgit Nilsson Prize, Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award, Ukraine’s State Award, Japan’s Praemium Imperiale and Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Star, as well as the gold medal from Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the “Presidente della Repubblica” award from the Italian government. In 2021, he received the highest civilian honor from the Austrian government, the Great Golden Decoration of Honor. Muti has also received more than twenty honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Riccardo Muti’s vast catalog of recordings, numbering in the hundreds, ranges from the traditional symphonic and operatic repertoires to contemporary works. Passionate about teaching young musicians, Muti founded the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra in 2004 and the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in 2015.

www.riccardomuti.com
www.riccardomutioperacademy.com

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the world’s leading orchestras. In September 2010, renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti became its tenth music director. During his tenure, the Orchestra has deepened its engagement with the Chicago community, nurtured its legacy while supporting a new generation of musicians and composers, and collaborated with visionary artists.

The history of the CSO began in 1889 when Theodore Thomas, the Orchestra’s first music director, was invited to establish symphony orchestra in Chicago. Other former music directors include Frederick Stock, Désiré Defauw, Artur Rodzinski, Rafael Kubelík, Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim. Jessie Montgomery is the CSO’s current Mead Composers-in-Residence, and violinist Hilary Hahn is the CSO’s Artist-in-Residence.

The musicians of the CSO command a vast repertoire and annually perform more than 150 concerts, most at Symphony Center in Chicago. Since its first tour to Canada in 1892, the Orchestra has performed in twenty-nine countries on five continents in sixty-two international tours.

Since 1916, recording has been a significant part of the Orchestra’s activities. Current releases on CSO Resound, the Orchestra’s independent recording label, include the Grammy Award–winning release of Verdi’s Requiem led by Riccardo Muti. Recordings by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus have earned sixty-three Grammy awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Listeners around the world can hear the CSO in weekly airings of the CSO Radio Broadcast Series, which is syndicated on the WFMT Radio Network and online at CSO.org/Radio. In addition, the CSO’s YouTube video of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, conducted by Muti, has received nearly 40 million views.

https://cso.org/

Watch a You Tube excerpt of  Pictures from an Exhibition,  courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and riccardomutimusic.com.

Sunday, March 12, 7:30 pm  |  Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 

ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
JOSé SEREBRIER, CONDUCTOR

The most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, the London-based, Grammy Award-winning English Chamber Orchestra has made 860 recordings of 1500 works by 400 composers and has performed in more countries than any other orchestra.

TURINA – La Oración del Torero
PURCELL – “Dido’s Lament”
MOZART – Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.525
TCHAIKOVSKY – Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 – Arr. José Serebrier
HAYDN – Symphony No. 49 in F minor, “La Passione”

Conductor and composer José Serebrier is one of most recorded classical artists performing today, and he is the recipient of forty-five Grammy nominations.
Serebrier made his US conducting debut at age 19 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, performing his Symphony No. 2, “Partita.” At the age of 21, Serebrier became Leopold Stokowski’s Associate Conductor at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Following that, Serebrier accepted an invitation from George Szell to become Composer in Residence of the Cleveland Orchestra. 

José Serebrier was music director of America’s oldest music festival, in Worcester, Massachusetts, until he organized Festival Miami, serving as its artistic director and commissioning many composers, including Elliot Carter. Serebrier has toured internationally with the Russian National Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.

Serebrier’s first recording, the Ives’ 4th Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, won a Grammy nomination, and his series of Shostakovich’s Film Suites won the Deutsche Schallplatten Award for Best Orchestral Recording. His “Symphonie Mystique” received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Composition of 2004” and the work received its premiere at Carnegie Hall the following year. His “Carmen Symphony” CD, with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, won the Latin GRAMMY for “Best Classical Album of 2004”. He has also recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, and many others.

“Serebrier Conducts Prokofiev, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky” filmed at the Sydney Opera, has been shown many times on U.S. television. Serebrier conducted at the 2004 GRAMMY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, and he presently records for Naxos, BIS, Warner Classics, RPO Records and Sony/BMG.
As composer, Serebrier has won two Guggenheim awards, Rockefeller Foundation grants, commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harvard Musical Association, and more. Born in Uruguay of Russian and Polish parents, Serebrier has composed more than 100 works. His First Symphony was premiered by Leopold Stokowski (who premiered several of his works) when Serebrier was 17, as a last-minute replacement for the then still unplayable Ives 4th Symphony.

The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers. The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians.

The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence. The ECO’s long relationship with Daniel Barenboim led to an acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos as live performances and recordings, followed later by two further recordings of the complete cycle, with Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida.

Recent tours have included the USA, Bermuda, China, Finland, France, Greece, Slovenia and Austria (culminating in a concert at Vienna’s Musikverein) as well as concerts across the UK and at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place and Cadogan Hall. 

The Orchestra has been chosen to record many successful film soundtracks including Dario Marianelli’s prizewinning scores for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, and several James Bond soundtracks, and has taken part in a variety of other film and television projects. The ECO is proud of its outreach program, Close Encounters, which is run by the musicians in the orchestra and takes music into many settings within communities and schools around the UK and abroad.  

National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, JOSÉ SEREBRIER, CONDUCTOR

The most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, the London-based, Grammy Award-winning English Chamber Orchestra has made 860 recordings of 1500 works by 400 composers and has performed in more countries than any other orchestra.  

TURINA – La Oración del Torero
PURCELL – “Dido’s Lament”
MOZART – Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.525
TCHAIKOVSKY – Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 – Arr. José Serebrier
HAYDN – Symphony No. 49 in F minor, “La Passione”

Conductor and composer José Serebrier is one of most recorded classical artists performing today, and he is the recipient of forty-five Grammy nominations.
Serebrier made his US conducting debut at age 19 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, performing his Symphony No. 2, “Partita.” At the age of 21, Serebrier became Leopold Stokowski’s Associate Conductor at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Following that, Serebrier accepted an invitation from George Szell to become Composer in Residence of the Cleveland Orchestra. José Serebrier was music director of America’s oldest music festival, in Worcester, Massachusetts, until he organized Festival Miami, serving as its artistic director and commissioning many composers, including Elliot Carter. Serebrier has toured internationally with the Russian National Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others.

Serebrier’s first recording, the Ives’ 4th Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, won a Grammy nomination, and his series of Shostakovich’s Film Suites won the Deutsche Schallplatten Award for Best Orchestral Recording. His “Symphonie Mystique” received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Composition of 2004” and the work received its premiere at Carnegie Hall the following year. His “Carmen Symphony” CD, with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, won the Latin GRAMMY for “Best Classical Album of 2004”. He has also recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, and many others.
“Serebrier Conducts Prokofiev, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky” filmed at the Sydney Opera, has been shown many times on U.S. television. Serebrier conducted at the 2004 GRAMMY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, and he presently records for Naxos, BIS, Warner Classics, RPO Records and Sony/BMG.
As composer, Serebrier has won two Guggenheim awards, Rockefeller Foundation grants, commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Harvard Musical Association, and more. Born in Uruguay of Russian and Polish parents, Serebrier has composed more than 100 works. His First Symphony was premiered by Leopold Stokowski (who premiered several of his works) when Serebrier was 17, as a last-minute replacement for the then still unplayable Ives 4th Symphony.

 

The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, its discography containing 860 recordings of over 1,500 works by more than 400 composers. The ECO has also performed in more countries than any other orchestra, and played with many of the world’s greatest musicians.

The American radio network CPRN has selected ECO as one of the world’s greatest ‘living’ orchestras. The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence. The ECO’s long relationship with Daniel Barenboim led to an acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos as live performances and recordings, followed later by two further recordings of the complete cycle, with Murray Perahia and Mitsuko Uchida.

Recent tours have included the USA, Bermuda, China, Finland, France, Greece, Slovenia and Austria (culminating in a concert at Vienna’s Musikverein) as well as concerts across the UK and at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place and Cadogan Hall.
The Orchestra has been chosen to record many successful film soundtracks including Dario Marianelli’s prizewinning scores for Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, and several James Bond soundtracks, and has taken part in a variety of other film and television projects. The ECO is proud of its outreach program, Close Encounters, which is run by the musicians in the orchestra and takes music into many settings within communities and schools around the UK and abroad.  

Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm  |  Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

JoAnn Falletta Buffalo
BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC JOANN FALLETTA, MUSIC DIRECTOR

Hailed as “one of the finest conductors of her generation” by The New York Times, Music Director JoAnn Falletta has led the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic on international tours and in numerous recording projects.  The program will also feature violinist Sandy Cameron, who has been declared “brilliant” by the Washington Post

KODÁLY – Dances of Galánta
MENDELSSOHN – Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK – Symphony No. 7

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. provides a resident, professional, major symphony orchestra of artistic excellence and integrity to enrich the quality of life in Western New York through the presentation of live symphonic music and other musical events which educate and entertain the broadest possible audiences within and beyond the Western New York region. Since 1940, the orchestra’s permanent home has been Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. 

Since its inception in 1935, the BPO has served as Buffalo’s cultural ambassador. JoAnn Falletta is the Music Director of the GRAMMY Award-winning orchestra, which presents more than 120 Classics, Pops, Rock, Kids and Youth concerts each year. For more information, visit bpo.org.

Multiple Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Connie and Marc Jacobson Music Director Laureate of the Virginia Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser to the Hawaii Symphony. She was recently named one of the “Fifty Great Conductors,” past and present, by Gramophone Magazine, and is hailed for her work as a conductor, recording artist, audience builder and champion of American composers.

Upon her appointment as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble and has been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to an unprecedented level of national and international prominence.

The Buffalo Philharmonic will celebrate many living American composers this coming year including Adolphus Hailstork, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kenneth Fuchs, David Ludwig, Carlos Simon, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Russell Platt, Daron Hagen, Jessie Montgomery, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Wang Jie.

Falletta’s recent and upcoming North American guest conducting includes the National Symphony, and the orchestras of Detroit, Nashville, Indianapolis, Houston, Toronto, Milwaukee, and Orchestre metropolitain. Internationally, she has conducted many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, and South America, and she is looking forward to guest conducting appearances in Canada, Poland, Sweden, and across the US.

With a discography of over 120 titles, Falletta is a leading recording artist for Naxos. She has won two individual Grammy Awards, including the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance as Conductor of the world premiere Naxos recording, Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua. In 2019, she won her first individual Grammy Award as conductor of the London Symphony in the Best Classical Compendium category for Spiritualist, her fifth world premiere recording of the music of Kenneth Fuchs. Her Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan received two Grammys in 2008.

Falletta’s 2020 Naxos recording of orchestral music of Florent Schmitt with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra recently received the Diapason d’Or Award. Her upcoming releases for Naxos include the complete William Walton Façade, with narrators Kevin Deas, Hila Plitmann and Minnesota Public Radio Host Fred Child, and the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players. The recording, scheduled for release in the spring of 2022, will introduce material never heard before, and mark the 100th anniversary of William Walton’s youthful masterpiece. This season will also see the Naxos release by the BPO of Poem of Ecstasy by Scriabin.

JoAnn Falletta is a member of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has served by presidential appointment as a Member of the National Council on the Arts during the Bush and Obama administrations and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. She has introduced over 600 works by American composers, including well over 150 world premieres. In 2019, JoAnn was named Performance Today’s Classical Woman of The Year, calling her a “tireless champion, and lauding her “unique combination of artistic authority and compassion, compelling musicianship and humanity.”

A strong advocate and mentor for young professional and student musicians, JoAnn Falletta has led seminars for women conductors for the League of American Orchestras and established a unique collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Mannes College of Music to give up-and-coming conductors professional experience with a leading American orchestra. In 2018, she served on the jury of the Malko Competition in Denmark. She has had great success working with young musicians, guest conducting orchestras at top conservatories and summer programs such as the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Interlochen, and Brevard Music Center, and as Artistic Advisor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Falletta has held the positions of Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, Music Director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra and The Women’s Philharmonic.

Declared “brilliant” by the Washington Post, violinist Sandy Cameron is one of the most strikingly unique artists of her generation. Since her debut at the age of 12 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Ms. Cameron has performed extensively as a soloist throughout the world.

The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Adelaide Festival of the Arts in Australia are among of a number of unique performance experiences Ms. Cameron has had. She has appeared at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, and the Sydney Opera House. Ms. Cameron has collaborated with numerous orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Kirov Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic.

A truly rewarding experience of Ms. Cameron’s career as a concert soloist is Danny Elfman’s Violin Concerto, “Eleven Eleven”. Mr. Elfman wrote this concerto for Ms. Cameron, and she performed the world premiere with conductor John Mauceri at the Prague Proms in June 2017. Other special stage appearances include performances for Cirque du Soleil, Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trilogy, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton.

Ms. Cameron is also featured in performances with renowned jazz trumpeter-composer Chris Botti, with whom she has toured globally. Additionally, Ms. Cameron has written and performed her own musical arrangements for a number of productions at the Hollywood Bowl, including Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live in Concert, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live in Concert, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Live in Concert, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert.

Currently, Ms. Cameron is partnered with the illustrious composer, Marco Beltrami, in an exciting new project: Bach by Beltrami.
Versatile in her abilities as an artist, Ms. Cameron also enjoys musical engagements off the stage. In 2018, she recorded the Elfman Violin Concerto with Maestro Mauceri and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, now available on Sony Classical. Recently, she was featured as a soloist on John Powell’s score for the film, Call of the Wild, and Bear McCreary’s score for the film, The Professor and The Madman. Ms. Cameron can also be heard on soundtracks to Cirque Du Soleil’s IRIS, the video games Call of Duty: Vanguard and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, the History Channel’s Houdini, and more.

 

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