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Meet Our 12-13 Guest Artists

Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 in Press Releases

By DSO

Dallas Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013

Guest Artist Biographies

 

George Fenton, composer/conductor

August 31-September 1, 2012

Frozen Planet

Best known for his work in film and television, George Fenton is one of the UK's most successful composers, writing scores for over 100 films and collaborating with some of the most influential filmmakers. In 1990 he composed the score for the BBC Natural History series, Trials of Life, his first collaboration with Alastair Fothergill and the start of a creative relationship that has spanned over 20 years culminating in the Earth Trilogy: The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. This trilogy has changed the face of natural history filmmaking bringing the wonders of the planet to mass audiences worldwide.

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Fenton's score matched the ambition of these series, masterfully using music to underscore the stories unfolding on screen. Following the success of The Blue Planet, for which he won Ivor Novello, BAFTA and Emmy awards for Best Television Score, Fenton created the show, The Blue Planet in Concert which has been performed by the world's leading orchestras. Following its international success, Fenton was asked to create Planet Earth in Concert which toured America in 2010 and is set to embark on its first UK tour this summer. Frozen Planet in Concert completes the trilogy and premieres at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2012.

 

Alongside his work in natural history Fenton has continued to compose for theatre and film. Recent projects include the soundtrack for Ken Loach's latest film The Angels' Share which won the Jury Prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the music for John Hodge's acclaimed new play The Collaborators which premiered at the National Theatre, London last year.

 

Throughout his career Fenton's work has been recognised with numerous awards, receiving 5 Oscar nominations, multiple Ivor Novello, BAFTA and Emmy awards; a Classical Brit; the Nina Rota award at Venice; a Lifetime Achievement award from the Royal Television Society and a Fellowship of The Royal College of Music and BASCA.

 

Yo-Yo Ma

September 8, 2012

Schumann: Cello Concerto

2012 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala

 

Yo-Yo Ma's multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

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Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, creating programs with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Kayhan Kalhor, Ton Koopman, Bobby McFerrin, Edgar Meyer, Mark Morris, Riccardo Muti, Mark O'Connor, Kathryn Stott, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wu Man, Wu Tong, Damian Woetzel, and David Zinman. Each of these collaborations is fueled by the artists' interactions, often extending the boundaries of a particular genre. One of Mr. Ma's goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication, and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas, across a range of cultures throughout the world. To that end, he has taken time to immerse himself in subjects as diverse as native Chinese music with its distinctive instruments and the music of the Kalahari bush people in Africa.

Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established the Silk Road Project, a nonprofit arts and educational organization that takes its inspiration from the historic Silk Road trading routes as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange. Under his artistic direction, the Silk Road Project presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble, engages in cross-cultural exchanges and residencies, leads workshops for students, and partners with leading cultural institutions to create educational materials and programs.

The Project's ongoing affiliation with Harvard University has made it possible to broaden and enhance educational programming. In the 2011-2012 school year, with ongoing partnerships with arts and educational organizations in New York City, it continues to expand Silk Road Connect, a multidisciplinary educational initiative for middle-school students in the city's public schools. Developing new music is also a central undertaking of the Silk Road Project, which has been involved in commissioning and performing more than 60 new musical and multimedia works from composers and arrangers around the world. Through his work with the Silk Road Project, as throughout his career, Yo-Yo Ma seeks to expand the cello repertoire, frequently performing lesser known music of the 20th century and commissions of new concertos and recital pieces. He has premiered works by a diverse group of composers, among them Stephen Albert, Elliott Carter, Chen Yi, Richard Danielpour, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Peter Lieberson, Christopher Rouse, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, John Williams and Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky.

As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Mr. Ma is partnering with Maestro Riccardo Muti to provide collaborative musical leadership and guidance on innovative program development for The Institute for Learning, Access and Training at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and for Chicago Symphony artistic initiatives. Mr. Ma's work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals' lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities. Mr. Ma and the Institute have created the Citizen Musician Initiative, a movement that calls on all musicians, music lovers, music teachers and institutions to use the art form to bridge gulfs between people and to create and inspire a sense of community. www.citizenmusician.org features stories of Citizen Musician activity across the globe.

Yo-Yo Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students - musicians and non-musicians alike. At the same time, he continues to develop new concert programs for family audiences, for instance, helping to inaugurate the family series at Carnegie Hall. In each of these undertakings, he works to connect music to students' daily surroundings and activities with the goal of making music and creativity a vital part of children's lives from an early age. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on "Arthur," "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "Sesame Street."

Mr. Ma's discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them "Hush" with Bobby McFerrin, "Appalachia Waltz" and "Appalachian Journey" with Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, "Obrigado Brazil" and "Obrigado Brazil - Live in Concert." Mr. Ma's recent recordings include Mendelssohn Trios with Emanuel Ax and Itzhak Perlman. His new album, "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan was released in October 2011. Across this full range of releases, Mr. Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list. In fall 2009, Sony Classical released a box set of over 90 albums to commemorate Mr. Ma's 30 years as a Sony recording artist.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Sonning Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award (2008) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011 Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Mr. Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide in countries including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China. Mr. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

Mr. Ma and his wife have two children. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

 

Joaquín Achúcarro, piano

September 13-16, 2012

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Even though he made his debut at age 13, his professional career started after his victory at the 1959 Liverpool International Competition (one year after Zubin Mehta had won it as conductor) with Schumann's Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody, which led to his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra.01 Pines of Rome 220x160.jpg

He has since worked in 59 countries, performing in venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center, Musikverein, Royal Albert Hall, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Teatro alla Scala, Suntory Hall, Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colón and The Barbican both playing recitals and as soloist with 206 orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, New Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, City of Birmingham, Royal Scottish, National de France, RTE Dublin, Yomiuri of Tokyo, Western Australia, RIAS Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Santa Cecilia Roma, La Scala Milano, La Fenice Venezia, Orquesta Nacional de Espana, etc. He has worked with 354 conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Adrian Boult, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Simon Rattle.

Michael Guttman, violin

September 20-23, 2012

Glass: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Michael Guttman is an eminent violin soloist, conductor and music director of festivals around the world. At age ten, he became the youngest student ever to be admitted into the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music. Encouraged by his late mentor Isaac Stern, Guttman studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Dorothy Delay, the Juilliard Quartet and Felix Galimir. Guttman has earned critical acclaim from the New York Times for his "incredible wealth of tone colors and his sound of melting beauty", and was described by the Jerusalem Post as the "Chagall of violinists". He has performed in halls such as London's Barbican Centre, New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Paris's Salle Pleyel, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and Tokyo's Bunko Kaikan. He collaborated with the late conductor and composer Lukas Foss at the Music Festival of the Hamptons, a relationship which initiated his conducting career.

Much in demand as a chamber musician, he is regularly invited to perform at festivals by Martha Argerich (Lugano), Yuri Bashmet (Elba), Natalya Gutman (Kreuth), Boris Berezovski (Moscow) or Salvatore Accardo (Vicenza), among others. In the coming season, Guttman is scheduled to premiere the concerto for violin and cello by Philip Glass in the US, Asia and Europe. He will tour the UK with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra and appear with the Dallas Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philarmonic, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic and will premiere a concerto by Steven Stucky in 2013.

Wendy Sutter, cello
September 20-23, 2012

Glass: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Heralded as one of the great leading cellist of the classical stage by the Wall Street Journal, Wendy Sutter has proven herself as one of the leading soloists of her generation, widely acclaimed by critics in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications.

Ms. Sutter has appeared and collaborated with many prominent orchestras and conductors including The Brussels Philharmonic, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Dallas Symphony (2012) The Seattle Symphony, The Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The Shanghai Symphony, The Juilliard Symphony, The Shenzen Philharmonic, The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, The La Jolla Symphony and The Youth Orchestra of the Americas. She has served as soloists under such conductors as Jaap Van Zweden,  Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, Dante Anziolini, Mikhail Jurowski, Michel Tabachnik and Tan Dun.

Hans Graf, conductor
September 27-30, 2012

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Hans Graf has had a busy, productive past few years. Besides holding the Music Director posts of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Maestro Graf still finds time to guest conduct all over the globe.03 Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff 125x125.jpg

In the United States he frequently and repeatedly makes appearances in Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis, Houston and Cincinnati. In the summer of 1999 he will again conduct Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Centre, the BSO in Tanglewood and the Cleveland Orchestra in Blossom Centre.


Garrick Ohlsson, piano
September 27-30, 2012

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Mr. Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. His concerto repertoire alone is unusually wide and eclectic - ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century - and to date he has at his command more than 80 concertos.

Last season, in recognition of the bicentenary of Chopin's birth, Mr. Ohlsson presented a series of all-Chopin recital programs in Seattle, Berkeley and La Jolla, culminating at Lincoln Center in fall and winter of 2010. In conjunction with that project a documentary, "The Art of Chopin," based on Chopin's life and music and featuring Mr. Ohlsson, co-produced by Polish, French, British and Chinese television stations, was released in autumn 2010. In summer of 2010, he was featured in all-Chopin programs at the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals, as well as appearances in Taipei, Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney.

Narak Hakhnazaryan, cello
October 18-21, 2012

Dvořák: Cello Concerto

Texas Instruments Classical Series

 

Armenian cellist Narak Hakhnazaryan's powerful and poetic playing has propelled him to the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  Already hailed as a  "seasoned phenom" in the Washington Post review of  his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Hakhnazaryan's 2011-2012 season brings his first concerto appearance at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's under Ryan McAdams on the Young Concert Artists Gala, as well as performances with the London Symphony and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, a 5-concert tour across Europe with the Moscow Philharmonic; and with other international orchestras including the Verdi Orchestra in Milan, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall.04 Divine Dvorak 125x125.jpg

 

Mr. Hakhnazaryan also appears in recitals throughout the States and with US orchestras including the Boston "Pops," the Pasadena Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic under Jorge Mester.  He is invited to perform in Europe at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Beethoven Festival in Poland and the Tivoli Festival in Denmark.

 

Hilary Hahn, violin
November 1-4, 2012

Korngold: Violin Concerto

Texas Instruments Classical Series

Violinist Hilary Hahn's probing interpretations, technical brilliance, and commitment to new music and the commissioning process have not only made her one of the most sought-after artists of our time, but also brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience. Although only 32 years old, her international fame and recognition, including two Grammies, multiple Diapason "d'Or of the Year" and "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" prizes, and the 2008 Classic FM / Gramophone Artist of the Year, are a testament to her talent and drive.05 Heavenly Hahn 125x125.jpg

Hahn appears regularly with the world's elite orchestras and on the most prestigious recital series. During the 2010-2011 season, she embarked on a demanding recital tour covering 56 cities across four continents. After a planned tour in Japan in April 2011 was canceled due to the March tsunami disaster, Hahn organized four benefit concerts in the US to help aid the recovery, continuing her constant efforts to heighten the relevance of music to contemporary culture and world events.

Olga Guryakova, soprano
November 8-10, 2012

Britten: War Requiem
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Olga Guryakova was born in Novokuznetsk, and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. In 1994, she was admitted to the company of the Musical Theatre by Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko (Moscow). She has performed, among others, the parts of Tatyana (Eugène Oneguine), Mimi (La Bohème), Desdemona (Otello); Thais (Thais), Micaela (Carmen), Elvira (Ernani), Gorislava (Russlan et Ludmilla) and Militrisa (The tale of Tsar Saltan, Rimsky-Korsakov).

Olga Guryakova appears regularly at the Ludwigsburg Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, both in Germany. She has often performed Britten's War Requiem under the direction of Rostropovitch throughout Europe.

She made her debut in the United-States in 1998 at the Metropolitan Opera singing the part of Maria (Mazeppa, Tchaikovsky) under the direction of Gergiev. She performed at Carnegie Hall the part of Iolanta and Desdemona again under the direction of Gergiev in Frankfurt and in Rimini. At La Scala, she sang Maria in Mazeppa (Tchaikovsky) under the baton of Maestro Rostropovitch and in 2005 at the Salzburg Festival with Gergiev.

Ian Bostridge, tenor
November 8-10, 2012

Britten: War Requiem
Texas Instruments Classical Series


Ian Bostridge was a post-doctoral fellow in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, before embarking on a full-time career as a singer.   His international recital career includes the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Aldeburgh and Schubertiade Festivals. In 2003/04 he held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, in 2004/2005 he shared a Carte-Blanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in 2005/2006 he had his own Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, in 2008 at the Barbican, London, in 2010/2011 at the Luxembourg Philharmonie and in 2011/2012 at the Wigmore Hall.

 

He made his operatic debut as Lysander in Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Opera Australia at the Edinburgh Festival) and his debut at the English National Opera as Tamino, returning for Jupiter in 'Semele'.  He sang Quint in Deborah Warner's award-winning production of Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' for the Royal Opera, and has since returned for Caliban in Adès's 'The Tempest', Don Ottavio in 'Don Giovanni' under Pappano, and Vasek in 'The Bartered Bride' under Haitink.  For the Bavarian State Opera he has sung Nerone ('L'Incoronazione di Poppea'), Tom Rakewell ('The Rake's Progress') and Male Chorus ('The Rape of Lucretia') and for the Vienna State Opera Don Ottavio.  He sang his first Aschenbach ('Death in Venice') for English National Opera, also seen at the Monnaie, Brussels and in Luxembourg.


Dietrich Henschel, baritone
November 8-10, 2012

Britten: War Requiem
Texas Instruments Classical Series

His international career started with the title roles of two opera productions: Henze's "Prinz von Homburg" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Busoni's "Dr.Faust" at the Opéra National de Lyon. These appearances were followed immediately by engagements at the two opera houses in Paris: at the Chatelet Gluck's "Alcèste" with Gardiner and Wilson , as well as "Dr.Faust" with Nagano and "Die schweigsame Frau" with Dohnanyi; at La Bastille he appeared as Pelleas in Bob Wilson`s legendary production of Debussy`s "Pelleas et Melisande", and as Count in Robert Carsen`s production of Strauss' "Capriccio".

He now regularly appears at the opera houses in Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Geneva, Zurich and Paris, and also at international festivals like Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Florence. He is working with conductors like Harnoncourt, Gardiner, Herreweghe, Eschenbach, Nagano, Mehta, Janowski, and internationally renowned orchestras like Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker and Concertgebouworkest.

Pablo González, conductor
January 10-13, 2013
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Spanish conductor Pablo González is a highly articulate and intelligent musician with an intense musicality and an assured technique, resulting in concerts that are full of character and great artistic integrity.  In September 2010 he took up the position of Music Director of Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

In addition to his commitments in Barcelona and guest conducting appearances with all the major Spanish orchestras, Pablo González conducts as a guest throughout Europe, frequently receiving immediate reinvitations.  Appearances this season include his début with Netherlands Philharmonic in the Concertgebouw, and concerts with orchestras including Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestra della Swizzera Italia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Musikcollegum Winterthur, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Pablo enjoys an ongoing relationship with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern with whom he has recorded two CDs, the first being a disc of works by Schumann, released to critical acclaim on Hänssler Classic and the winner of a 2011 International Classical Music Award.

Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkunstler Orchestra in the Musikwerein, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Winterthur Musikkollegium. Plans include returns to orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.  In July 2012 he makes his debut in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

In the opera house Pablo González conducted Bizet's Carmen in San Sebastian in 2008 Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias for Opera de Oviedo in 2009, and most recently Strauss's Daphne in concert at Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona in 2011.  Plans include Die Zauberflöte and Wagner's Rienzi (in concert) in Barcelona.

Soloists with whom González has appeared include Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Truls Mørk, Renaud Capuçon, Viviane Hagner, Alban Gerhardt, Violetta Urmana,  Christopher Maltman and Florian Uhlig.

Born in 1975 in Oviedo, Pablo studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.  A previous winner of the Donatella Flick Competition, he has held the positions of Associate Conductor with both the London Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the City of Granada.  He was also the winner of the Eighth Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in 2006.

Nicola Benedetti, violin
January 10-13, 2013

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Violinist Nicola Benedetti has captivated audiences and critics alike with her musicality and poise. Hilary Finch wrote in The Times, "it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player."  This sums up Nicola's ability to communicate and enthrall audiences with dynamic and energy-filled performances. And whilst she is a highly sought performer on the world platform, Nicola is also fiercely dedicated to music education. Through her work with such organizations as Sistema Scotland, she has helped to demonstrate the power that music can have in transforming the lives of young people.07 Benedetti Plays Tchaikovsky 125x125.jpg

In recent seasons, Nicola has previously performed multiple times with the Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and Czech Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras.  She has also worked with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier, Russian National Orchestra, Het Brabants Orkest, KBS Symphony and Japan Philharmonic, as well as the Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Toronto and Vancouver symphony orchestras and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.  Nicola's busy schedule has seen her work with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jakub Hrusa, Louis Langrée, Alan Gilbert, Stéphane Denève, Andrew Litton, Sir Neville Marriner, Kristjan Jarvi, Paavo Järvi, Mikhail Pletnev, Donald Runnicles, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Mario Venzago, Diego Matheuz, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.

Augustin Hadelich, violin
January 17-20, 2013

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Consistently cited in the press for his "gorgeous tone," "poetic communication" and "fast-fingered brilliance," Augustin Hadelich has confirmed his place in the top echelon of young violinists.  After a sensational debut with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival in 2010, he was immediately re-engaged to play in Vail in 2011 and at the Caramoor Festival in New York.  Mr. Hadelich will make his debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in August 2012, playing the Barber Violin Concerto, and his New York Philharmonic subscription debut in October, playing Lalo's Symphonie espagnole.08 Mozart's Jupiter 125x125.jpg

Highlights during the current season include debuts with the Netherlands Philharmonic (at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Dublin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Nashville Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as a tour of Brazil with the São Paulo State Symphony under Yan Pascal Tortelier and his second recital at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  New concertos that he will be performing include the Adès concerto with Chautauqua Symphony, the Britten concerto with Alabama Symphony and the Ligeti concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

In the United States, Augustin Hadelich has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, Syracuse, Utah and Vancouver. Festival appearances include Aspen, Blossom, Bravo! Vail Valley, Chautauqua (where he made his American debut in 2001)  and the Hollywood Bowl.

Yefim Bronfman, piano
January 24-27, 2013

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings.

Mr. Bronfman works regularly with an illustrious group of conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, Franz Welser-Möst, and David Zinman. Summer engagements have regularly taken him to the major festivals of Europe and the US.09 Bronfman plays Mozart 125x125.jpg

He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman's first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. In 2010 he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University.

Bob Bernhardt, conductor
February 8-10, 2013
DSO Pops Series

Music Director Emeritus, Robert Bernhardt, formerly served as Music Director and Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera for 19 seasons. He was the second Music Director in the combined company's history, and is its first with the title Emeritus.

Formerly, he was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic (1995-98), Artistic Director of the Sewanee Music Festival in 1999, Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson (AZ) Symphony Orchestra (1987-95), Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera (1991-96), Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta (1993-97) and Music Director of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra (1985-1987). His vast symphonic repertoire covers most of the standard canon and his commitment to the music of our time is significant.

He has been a frequent guest conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. He has also been a guest with the Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1978, and has recorded for Vanguard, First Edition, Carlton Classics and RPO record labels.

Julian Kuerti, conductor
February 14-17, 2013
Texas Instruments Classical Series

One of the most significant conducting talents to emerge in recent years, Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti has quickly made a name for himself with his confident style, artistic integrity and passion for musical collaboration.  Kuerti has led numerous orchestras across North America including the Boston, Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Seattle, Montreal and Toronto symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Saint Paul and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  He made his New York City Opera debut at Lincoln Center in the spring of 2011 conducting Oliver Knussen's "Where the Wild Things Are."  The New York Times stated, "In his City Opera debut Julian Kuerti, a rising Canadian conductor who was an assistant to James Levine at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, drew a bustling, moody and colorful performance of Mr. Knussen's 50-minute score from the impressive City Opera Orchestra."

Highlights of recent seasons have included debuts with the Atlanta, Seattle, New Jersey, Rochester, Toledo, Colorado, San Antonio, Quebec and Vancouver symphonies, as well as the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Los Angeles and St. Paul chamber orchestras and Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berliner Symphoniker in Germany. He has enjoyed return engagements with the Montreal Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Royal Conservatory Orchestra of Toronto, Utah Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción in Chile and Bochumer Symphoniker in Germany.  The Canadian conductor has also led the Winnipeg and Victoria symphonies and the Calgary Philharmonic.

Manuel Barrueco, guitar
February 14-17, 2013

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Texas Instruments Classical Series


Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.

His career has been dedicated to bringing the guitar to the main musical centers of the world. During three decades of concertizing, he has performed across the United Sates from the New World Symphony in Miami to the Seattle Symphony, and from the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to New York's Lincoln Center. He has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Boston Symphony under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, in the American Premiere of Toru's Takemitsu's To the Edge of Dream. 10 Romance and Rodrigo 125x125.jpg

His international tours have taken him to some of the most important musical centers in the world. Highlights include the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. In Asia he has completed a dozen tours of Japan and made repeated appearances in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Barrueco's tours of Latin America have included performances in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico.

Anton Nel, piano
February 21-24, 2013

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Anton Nel is the winner of the 1987 Naumburg and 1986 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competitions, and has frequently appeared with orchestras and as a recitalist since his debut at the age of 12 in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto after only two years of study. Summer festival highlights include Mostly Mozart, Ravinia (with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), San Francisco Symphony at Stern Grove and repeated engagements at the Aspen, Vancouver and Seattle music festivals. He has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including members of the Cleveland Quartet, William Sharp and Zara Nelsova, and released three albums. He has served on the faculties of the Eastman School and the University of Michigan and is now in residence at the University of Texas.

 

Erik Bosgraaf, recorder
February 28-March 2, 2013

Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto RV 444

Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto RV 443
Texas Instruments Classical Series

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Hailed as one of the most gifted and versatile recorder players of the new generation, Erik Bosgraaf has a colourful past in a rock band and as an oboe player. He believes that good music is irrespective of style and feels equally at home in early and contemporary music as well as commissioning new works including several concertos incorporating new media. In 2007 Frans Brüggen invited him to perform Bach's Actus Tragicus at the Concertgebouw. Current engagements include solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden and the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic/Thierry Fischer. His début recording, a 3-CD box with music by Dutch composer Jacob van Eyck, was number one in the Dutch classical music charts in 2007 and his CD/DVD 'Big Eye', including contemporary music for film, was hailed as 'wacky, irreverent and thought-provoking' (Gramophone). He has also made CDs of Telemann, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. In 2006 he co-founded Ensemble Cordevento specializing in the music of the 17th and 18th century. He was selected as Rising Star by the ECHO to tour all major European concerthalls in season 2011-12. Born in The Netherlands in 1980, Erik Bosgraaf is a former student of Walter van Hauwe and Paul Leenhouts (Amsterdam). He also holds an MA in musicology from Utrecht University and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009. In 2011 he received the highest Dutch state prize, the Dutch Music Award.

 

Chris Botti

March 8-10, 2013
DSO Pops Series

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards.Chris Botti 125x125.jpg

Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music; including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith's own Steven Tyler.

Hitting the road for 250 plus days per year, Chris and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

People Magazine voted Chris one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 2004.

Quebe Sisters Band
March 29-30, 2013
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When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel. When the girls sing their vintage style three-part harmony, audiences are blown away. Add the extraordinary rhythm guitar of Joey McKenzie and the swinging upright bass of Drew Phelps and the Quebe Sisters Band becomes a force of nature. The QSB's unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. They perform a refreshing blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling.

Awarded the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and winner of the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists, the Quebe Sisters Band is touring behind their latest album, Timeless. Performance highlights include appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC's Lincoln Center, the Ryman Auditorium, the Marty Stuart Show, the Eddie Stubbs' Show on WSM, The Birchmere, the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree (as host band), the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the National Folk Festival. In addition, the QSB has appeared in concert with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, and Marty Stuart. They have also had the pleasure of playing with billionare/ukulele enthusiast Warren Buffett and had the honor of performing for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

Marc Albrecht, conductor

April 11-13, 2013
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Acclaimed for his interpretations of Wagner and Strauss, as well as for his commitment to contemporary music, Marc Albrecht is a regular guest at Europe's most prestigious opera houses and orchestras. In the early years of his conducting career, Albrecht spent several seasons at the opera houses of Hamburg and Dresden, and also was appointed personal assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. In 1995 he embarked on a highly successful 6 year tenure as Music Director of the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and from 2006-2011, he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, a partnership that produced several acclaimed recordings, and ended with a critically praised performances of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder in Strasbourg and Paris. From September 2011 he is the Chief Conductor of both the Netherlands Opera and Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras.

Marc Albrecht has appeared with many key orchestras in Europe including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de Lyon. In 2006 he made his BBC Proms debut in London with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

April 11-13, 2013

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2
Texas Instruments Classical Series

13 Poetic Liszt 125x125.jpgHighlights of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's 2011/12 season included returns to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Philharmonia Orchestra (both with Vladimir Ashkenazy). He also appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra (Iván Fischer), Orchestre national de Lyon (Leonard Slatkin), the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and returned to Japan for performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Last season's concerto performances included his debut with the New York Philharmonic, a US tour with Daniele Gatti and the Orchestre National de France and a 2011 BBC Prom with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

David Gaschen, tenor
DSO on the GO: Frisco
April 20, 2013

Internationally renowned vocalist and stage performer David Gaschen remains best known for his portrayl of the title character in "The Phantom of the Opera." In 1995 at age 26 in the original Swiss production in Basel, Gaschen was the youngest performer ever cast as the Phantom in a professional production. After refining the role over two years in Switzerland, he performed the lead in the German production of "The Phantom of the Opera" in Hamburg.

 

He made his Broadway debut in the title role of "The Phantom of the Opera" in November 1999. All told, Gaschen has performed the role of the Phantom in professional productions more than 1,300 times.

 

Gaschen is included on the compact disc "Broadway's Fabulous Phantoms"; has recorded a solo CD, "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy"; and recently released a self-titled CD, "David Gaschen." He has appeared with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

 

Gaschen graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, his home town, in 1993, his degree in vocal performance. In September 2006, Gaschen was inducted onto the West Texas Walk of Fame. Gaschen also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Tech's School of Visual and Performing Arts.

 

Gaschen and his wife Jeanne have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Molly Marie.

 

Ton Koopman, conductor and harpsichord

April 25-28, 2013

C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in G

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Locatelli: Introduzione teatrale

C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in D

Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante
Texas Instruments Classical Series

14 Bach and Beyond 125x125.jpgTon Koopman was born in Zwolle (The Netherlands) and after a classical education he studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments. From the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated by authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship, and at the age of 25 he created his first Baroque orchestra. In 1979 he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra followed by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992.

Koopman has appeared in the most important concert halls and festivals of the five continents. As an organist he has played the most prestigious historical instruments of Europe, and as a harpsichord player and conductor of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir he has been a regular guest at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Philharmonie in Berlin, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo as well as in London, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, Salzburg, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Munich, Athens.

Arnie Roth, conductor
Barbie™ at the Symphony
May 4, 2013

A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and Grammy award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres. Mr. Roth has performed with a host of artists, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Three Tenors, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Patrick Stewart, Branford Marsalis and Andrea Bocelli. He is also a long-time member of the Grammy award-winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Orchestras which Mr. Roth has conducted include the London Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, and the Sydney Symphony. Since 2004 Arnie Roth has brought critical acclaim to the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra as music director and principal conductor showcasing artists including Michael Feinstein, Linda Eder, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Wynonna Judd, Judy Collins, the Beach Boys and Johnny Mathis. Under his direction the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra appeared in a nationally broadcast PBS Special featuring The Irish Tenors.

Mr. Roth was the music director and conductor of "Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY." In 2006 Mr. Roth conducted the new "VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY" concert in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He then became the principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony featuring music from blockbuster video games such as FINAL FANTASY®, World of Warcraft®, Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind™ and Battlefield 1942™. Mr. Roth conducted PLAY! with many international orchestras including the National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. As both producer and music director, Arnie Roth premiered "Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY" in December 2007 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden. The release of the new "Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY CD" recorded by Roth and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic coincided with the start of the "Distant Worlds" 2008 world-tour.

As music director, conductor and arranger, Mr. Roth was involved in a number of PBS specials including: Charlotte Church: Enchantment - From Cardiff, Wales for Sony, The Irish Tenors: Heritage, the WTTW Soundstage shows featuring: Jewel, Peter Cetera and Symphony, An Evening with Dennis DeYoung, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers, and WTTW's Four Seasons in Chicago. In 2006 he was the music director and conductor for a ten part television series for RTE featuring the Irish Tenors. He appeared on NBC's Today Show with Il Divo in 2006.

He is the producer, composer, conductor and arranger for nine of the Barbie™ Princess CGI animated films from Mattel Entertainment. Mr. Roth won the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie™ as Rapunzel, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song "Shine" from the movie Barbie™ in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. 2007 also marks the premiere of Mr. Roth's first live concert creation with Mattel. Barbie™ at the Symphony is a special film with orchestra presentation of the best-selling Barbie™ Princess movies. Music director Arnie Roth is touring the world in performances featuring great works by classical composers and Barbie™ highlights from all of the CGI animated films.

He has produced and conducted music for many films, and has produced dozens of best-selling CDs, released on American Gramaphone, JVC, Mattel, Warner Bros., Sony, Koch and Razor & Tie.

 

Heidi Melton
May 16-19, 2013

Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 1
Texas Instruments Classical Series

The young American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton has been called "the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson" (La Presse), a voice that is "big, gleaming and tonally resplendent." (San Francisco Chronicle)

In the 2011 - 2012 season, Ms. Melton returned to the Metropolitan Opera as the Third Norn in the new Robert Lepage production of 'Götterdämmerung' under Fabio Luisi and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Gutrune in 'Götterdämmerung' under Donald Runnicles. She is also a member of the ensemble at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe where she sings Elsa in 'Lohengrin', Didon in a new production of 'Les Troyens', and the Marschallin in 'Der Rosenkavalier'. In concert, Ms. Melton sang Act 1 of 'Die Walküre' with Donald Runnicles at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Clifton Forbis
May 16-19, 2013

Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 1
Texas Instruments Classical Series


Clifton Forbis is engaged to sing the most demanding tenor repertoire around the world, including the title roles of Samson et Dalila, Otello and Tristan und Isolde. He is a leading artist with the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Canadian Opera Company, and Teatro alla Scala. Of his performance for a new production as Tristan, Opera News said, "Clifton Forbis["s]…attention to detail was admirable, and he risked a rare degree of intense soft singing in Act II before rising with mighty force to the agonies of Act III. The few voices raised against him at the final curtain were unjustified: this was as thrilling a piece of tenor singing as you are likely to hear in the role today."

In the 2012/13 season, Mr. Forbis will be heard as Florestan in Fidelio with Seattle Opera. He returns to Seattle for performances of Beethoven‟s Symphony No. 9 with the Seattle Symphony, before he makes his company debut with Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, Italy as Otello. He will be heard as Samson with San Diego Opera, and sings Siegmund in performances of Act I of Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony and Music Director Jap Van Zweden.

Recent performances for Mr. Forbis include the title role of Tristan und Isolde with Dallas Opera and the fated clown, Canio, in Pagliacci with New Orleans Opera. He opened the 2010 - 2011 season as Otello for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and returned to the role for performances with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda. He was heard in performances of Siegmund in Die Walküre with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at Opéra National de Lyon.


Eric Owens
May 16-19, 2013

Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 1
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Acclaimed for his commanding stage presence and inventive artistry, Grammy Award®-winning American bass-baritone Eric Owens has carved a unique place in the contemporary opera world as both an esteemed interpreter of classic works and a champion of new music. Equally at home in concert, recital and opera performances, Owens continues to bring his powerful poise, expansive voice and instinctive acting faculties to stages around the world.

During the 2011-2012 season, Owens appeared in recital with Robert Spano at Zankel Hall, the centerpiece of a coast-to-coast recital tour that also features pianist Craig Rutenberg. He returned to Carnegie Hall twice more in the spring: with the Boston Symphony in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and as Jochanaan in a concert version of Salome with the Cleveland Orchestra, under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. At the Metropolitan Opera, Owens returned as the vengeful Alberich in the final installments of Robert Lepage's new Ring Cycle, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, both of which were broadcast live in high definition to cinemas around the world. He also joined Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Verdi's Requiem, and reprised his role as The Storyteller in A Flowering Tree with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony.

Sarah Joy Miller
May 23-26, 2013

Orff: Carmina Burana
Texas Instruments Classical Series

Sarah Joy Miller made her debut at Michigan Opera Theater in spring 2011 singing Gilda in Rigoletto and released of an album of arias she recorded with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio in Pecs, Hungary.

This follows a year filled with highlights, including appearances as Musetta in La Boheme at New York's Symphony Space, Micaela in Carmen with New York Lyric Opera, and Violetta in La Traviata with Long Island Opera. She also performed in concert with Marcello Giordani in celebration of the newly created Marcello Giordani Foundation and was selected as a featured soloist with the St. Bart's Music Festival. The year also brought Ms. Miller award recognition from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the New York Lyric Opera Competition, and the Jensen Foundation.

John Osborn
May 23-26, 2013

Orff: Carmina Burana
Texas Instruments Classical Series

American tenor John Osborn has gained international acclaim in performances  with leading theaters around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Berlin State Opera, L'Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Zurich Opera, Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels, Grand Theatre de Geneve and at the Salzburg Festival. He made a spectacular debut with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia as Arnold in Rossini's Guillaume Tell in concert performances under Antonio Pappano in 2007.

In the fall of 2011 Osborn made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Rodrigo de Dhu in Rossini's La Donna del Lago. He also appeared at the Scala as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and subsequently sang the title role of a new production of Rossini's Otello for the Zurich Oper opposite the Dedemona of Cecilia Bartoli. Osborn sang Barbiere di Siviglia in San Diego and then was heard at the Pesaro Festival as Arnold in Guillaume Tell. Future projects include his first performance of Faust in Brussels, a new production of Norma at the Salzburg Festival Guillaume Tell for the Netherlands Opera, and Henri in Verdi's Les Vepres Siciliennes for Covent Garden.

Michael Todd Simpson
May 23-26, 2013

Orff: Carmina Burana
Texas Instruments Classical Series

This season, baritone Michael Todd Simpson returns to the Seattle Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and to the Metropolitan Opera for Khovanshchina. He recently sang Escamillo at the both the Glimmerglass Festival and in China, and appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Morales in Carmen and in its production of Don Carlos on tour in Japan.

His many roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Silvio in Pagliacci, Escamillo in both Carmen and Le Tragedie de Carmen, Zurga in The Pearl Fishers, Hermann and Schlemil in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He also sang the role of Tooley in the American premiere of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's The Mines of Sulphur at the Glimmerglass Opera, which was recorded and released by Chandos Records in 2005. He has appeared all over the U.S. in opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Cleveland Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, and recently made his debuts at Opera Australia and in China and Taiwan.

 

Julia Murney
May 31-June 2

Wicked Divas
DSO Pops Series


Julia Murney 125Julia Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award.  Other New York credits include Lennon, Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), Falling (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, Closer Than Ever, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination).

She's been seen regionally all over the U.S.-Signature, Williamstown, Reprise!LA, Sacramento Music Circus, NCT, MUNY, Rubicon and Goodspeed, to name a few-and in concert she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Feinstein's, The Kennedy Center, Caramoor, Town Hall and Birdland as well as with the Philly, Cincinnati, and Boston Pops.

Among her TV credits are 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Brothers and Sisters, Ed, NYPD Blue, all three Law and Orders and about a gazillion voiceovers.  A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy nominated Actor's Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album, I'm Not Waiting which is available on Sh-K-Boom records and at juliamurney.com.

 

Emily Rozek
May 31-June 2

Wicked Divas
DSO Pops Series

 

Emily Rozek 125Emily has been a professional Broadway performer for the past 10 years. She was most recently seen
starring as Glinda in the Los Angeles production of Wicked. Upon her graduation from the Boston
Conservatory she made her professional debut as the principle role of Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun starring Bernadette Peters. She went on to understudy and perform the lead roles of Millie Dillmount and Miss Dorothy in Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also been on National Broadway tours such as Sunset Boulevard as Mary and South Pacific as the Nellie Forbush understudy. Regional Credits include Marta in Company, staring with acclaimed and award winning actress Donna Mckechnie, Maggie in Chorus Line, Lizzie in Baby and, most recently, Polly in Crazy for You.

She has spent the past 4 years in Los Angeles making appearances in various concerts such as Two's Company, a tribute to the great composers, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. She was also featured in the Ford Theatre's Broadway Unplugged Concert.

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