The program will feature Schumann’s Violin Concerto, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique
Next month, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra continues its Classics Series with a concert under the direction of Music Director finalistSteven Jarvi. The program includes Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, and the Schumann Violin Concerto, performed by world-renowned violinist Midori.
Japanese-American violinist Midori made her debut at the age of 11 in a special last-minute addition to the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Gala, and has since established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children. A United Nations Messenger of Peace, she has created a new model for young artists who seek to balance the joys and demands of a performing career at the highest level with a hands-on investment in the power of music to change lives. Named Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Southern California in 2012, Midori works with her students at USC’s Thornton School, where she is also Jascha Heifetz Chair.
Declared “decisive and eloquent” by The Wall Street Journal, Steven Jarvi is recognized as one of America’s fastest rising conductors. He is currently Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, and Music Director of both the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and Winter Opera Saint Louis. Jarvi previously served as the Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Conducting Fellow with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, and as an Associate Conductor for the New York City Opera. A former Tanglewood Fellow, he studied with James Levine and Kurt Masur and was personally selected by Plácido Domingo to be the first conductor to join the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. Recent engagements include the world premiere of Approaching Ali with Washington National Opera, the Virginia Opera production of Phillip Glass’ Orphée, Tosca with Winter Opera St. Louis, the Rochester Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and the Windsor Symphony.
“Berlioz’s masterful Symphonie fantastique is one of the greatest pieces of the symphonic repertoire, showing off every imaginable color of the symphony orchestra,” said Jarvi. “It is a story of love and loss for Berlioz himself, and audiences will recognize the famous ‘March to the Scaffold.’ I am thrilled to be leading a program of this gorgeous Romantic music.”
The sole performance will be Saturday, November 8 at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, beginning at 8:00 p.m., preceded by a pre-concert conversation with Steven Jarvi at 7:00. Tickets are $20-$71, available at OrlandoPhil.org or 407.770.0071.
The Orlando Philharmonic’s international Music Director search was announced in the spring of 2013. Following a 12-month process screening over 275 candidates, a search committee of orchestra musicians and community members chose five finalists to conduct the 2014-2015 Classics Series. Additional Music Director finalists include Mexican-born Alondra de la Parra, conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen, the Duluth Superior Symphony’s Dirk Meyer and former Music Director of Joffrey Ballet, Leslie B. Dunner.
Each finalist will spend a week or more in Orlando, rehearsing with musicians, meeting with the orchestra board, staff and volunteers, attending events with arts and community leaders, and conducting one of the orchestra’s five Classics Series programs. Following all five visits, the search committee will make an official recommendation to the board, who will announce the orchestra’s new Music Director in spring 2015. Audiences can learn more about the candidates and the search at OrlandoPhil.org/Search.
Now in its 22nd season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires audiences with over 125 musical experiences annually, ranging from classical and chamber music concerts to pops performances, staged opera productions, outdoor concerts and education programs for all ages. Learn more at www.OrlandoPhil.org | @OrlandoPhilOrch | www.facebook.com/OrlandoPhilOrch