We begin with Ernest Chausson's delightful, and rarely-heard, Soir de Fete. Then, the amazing soprano Jennifer Grimaldi returns to the NYRO stage as soloist in Richard Wagner's haunting "Wesendonck"
It will be a night to remember - and a night to support NYRO's season of free concerts at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square!
* Date: Saturday, December 17, 2011
* Time: 8:00pm
* Place: Church of St. Mary the Virgin
* Address: 145 West 46th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
Admission: $10 (...it's a benefit, after all)
* Chausson: "Soir de Fete"
* Wagner: "Wesendonck"
David Leibowitz, conductor
For complete info: www.nyro.org
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The party atmosphere is set as as we open the program with Ernest Chausson's festive "Soir de Fete." The composer's final work before his tragic death at the age of 44, it shows it's author at the peak of his creative powers. "Soir de Fete" is a celebration of the vibrancy of youth in the pleasure-seeking milieu of fin-de-siecle Paris!
The moving "Wesendonck"
Rounding out the program is Pyotr Tchaikovsky's epic Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Beginning ominously and with a sense of general foreboding, the tragic mood eventually gives way, after much struggle, to one of life-affirming triumph! The symphony, one of the great musical masterpieces, is no dry museum piece. It speaks to us today with as much passion and immediacy as the day it was written.
This concert will be one you will not want to miss...and one you will remember for a long time!
MORE ABOUT OUR SOLOIST: JENNIFER GRIMALDI
Native New Yorker and soprano Jennifer Grimaldi is quickly making a name for herself on the international music scene. Hailed as "a compelling and commanding singing actress with a silvery timbre that sparkles and shines," (Danbury Times News) she has emerged as a promising young talent in opera, concert and recital repertoire.
She recently made her European debut in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Charlemagne Orchestra (Brussels) and, was a featured soloist in Mahler’s Second and Eighth Symphonies with the Mineria Orchestra (Mexico City) under the direction of Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto. Later this season she will also appear as soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Flint Symphony (MI) Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Enrique Diemecke. Other solo engagements include performances with the Queens Symphonic Orchestra and New Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
MORE ABOUT THE 2011-2012 SEASON:
In 2011-2012 NYRO will, as always, present great music, fantastic soloists, and the wonderful playing of New York's finest all-volunteer, community-based orchestra -- the New York Repertory Orchestra!
True to NYRO's mission, our concerts are free and open to all. Performing at the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square, this season continues NYRO's tradition of unforgettable musical experiences.
This year, NYRO brings you inspiring music by J.S. Bach, Chausson, Dvorak, Mozart, Nielsen, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Sibelius, R. Strauss. Tchaikovsky, Turina, and the New York Premiere of Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Patterson's Saxophone Concerto. All this, along with the world-class soloists you've come to expect at NYRO concerts, and we have a recipe for our best season to date!
It's going to be a fantastic season: exciting music, amazing soloists, a beautiful concert venue, and the vital and exciting playing of the New York Repertory Orchestra.
MORE ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR DAVID LEIBOWITZ:
Celebrated for his innovative programming and exciting performances, conductor David Leibowitz has achieved international acclaim for his work on the concert, opera, and ballet stage.
Mr. Leibowitz is the Music Director/Conductor and founder of the award-winning New York Repertory Orchestra. Some recent highlights of his tenure there have been a fully staged production of Mozart’s "Abduction from the Seraglio" and a landmark performance of Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 3. As an avid fan and champion of today’s music he has both commissioned and performed local and world premieres by some of today’s most important composers including Paul Moravec, Harold Farberman, Stephen Dembski, Steven L. Rosenhaus, Raphael Fusco, Michael Patterson, John Schwabe, and Salvador Brotons.
Since 2003 Mr. Leibowitz has held the post of Principal Conductor with the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) and is also the Orchestra Director at the City College of New York and the Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ). Recently, he directed the orchestra of the Siena (Italy) Summer Music program and from 2003-2007 was conductor at the Rome Festival Opera (Italy), leading opera, ballet, and concert performances. He is also on the staff of the International Opera Institute at the Maud Powell Music Festival Maud Powell Music Festival (IL) and the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute (NY). Operatic highlights include fully-staged performances of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and Le nozze di Figaro, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Bizet’s Carmen, and Humperdinck’
Throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe he has directed such ensembles as the Pleven Philharmonic (Bulgaria), the Orchester Pro Arte (Vienna), the Masterplayers Orchestra (Switzerland)
In the New York City area, he has conducted the Astoria Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Centre Symphony Orchestra, Sound Symphony Orchestra, and Music at St. Paul’s (Columbia University). He has been invited back to those ensembles and venues repeatedly.
In 2011, Mr. Leibowitz was an award-winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting (3rd Place) and the American Prize in Orchestral Programming (2nd Place). He was given the “Gift to the City” award from the Omega Ensemble of New York for his ongoing contributions to the musical life of New York City.
Mr. Leibowitz received his MA in Performance Practice, Summa Cum Laude, from the City University of New York’s Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. His main studies were in performance, musicology, and composition. He was awarded a teaching fellowship and was named a Presidential Scholar of the University. He has continued his conducting studies with, among others, Herbert Blomstedt, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Jacques-Louis Monod.
For complete info: www.nyro.org
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The award-winning New York Repertory Orchestra, NYC's leading all-volunteer orchestra, is composed of talented professional and amateur musicians and presents a series of free concerts each season. Founded in 1991, NYRO strives for exciting performances, provocative programs, and the highest artistic level. These qualities have become the hallmarks of this exceptional ensemble.
In addition to its regular season at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, NYRO has participated in the Music at St. Paul’s series at Columbia University and at the Music Festival of the Hamptons. NYRO has performed in the Chinese New Year Global Gala at Radio City Music Hall, broadcast worldwide by NTD Television and was recently given the Omega Ensemble of New York's "Gift to the City" award for ongoing contributions to the musical life of New York.