Making his NYRO debut, the amazing Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera, will appear as soloist in two of the great masterpieces of the solo flute repertoire - J.S. Bach's Suite in B minor and the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Carl Nielsen. This is a unique opportunity to hear one of the world's great musicians.
Rounding out the program will be the delightfully witty and energetic Sinfonietta by Francis Poulenc.
It's going to be a wonderful concert, and what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by taking your sweetheart to a free concert that will have you smiling from beginning to end!
* Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
* Time: 8:00 pm
* Place: Church of St. Mary the Virgin
* Address: 145 West 46th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
* Admission: FREE
* J.S. Bach: Suite in B minor
* Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
* Francis Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute
David Leibowitz, conductor
For complete info: http://www.nyro.org
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The internationally acclaimed flutist, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, Principal Flute in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, rarely appears outside of the Metropolitan Opera House. In this program, he is the featured soloist in not one, but two, of the greatest works ever written for flute and orchestra. The Suite in B minor combines the sophisticated elegance and emotional power that characterizes the works of Baroque master, J.S. Bach.
In addition, Mr. Höskuldsson will perform Carl Nielsen's innovative and essential Concerto for Flute and Orchestra -- a work of intense clarity and good humor, the hallmarks of Nielsen's mature style.
The final work on the program will be the light and charming Sinfonietta by French composer Francis Poulenc. By turns witty, satiric, and full of dance rhythms and Gallic charm, the music is a bright spot in 20th century music.
MORE ABOUT OUR SOLOIST: STÉFAN RAGNAR HÖSKULDSSON
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, a native of Iceland, is principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is quickly being recognized as one of the leading soloists in the world. Before winning the principal position in 2008, he served as second flutist with the orchestra for four years.
Under the direction of James Levine, Mr. Hoskuldsson regularly performs at Carnegie Hall and Zankel Hall with the MET Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble. He has performed under the batons of Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ricardo Muti, and he has collaborated with such artists as Alfred Brendel, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shiham, and Diana Damrau. Stefán can be heard and seen on live HD broadcasts with the Metropolitan Opera. One of these recordings includes the 2008 performance of Lucia di Lammermoor where he collaborated with Anna Netrebko in the famous flute and soprano cadenza from the mad scene.
As an active soloist Mr. Höskuldsson performed the Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2006 and in August 2011 he returned to perform Mozart's Flute Concerto in D major in the newly inaugurated Symphony Hall “Harpa” in Reykjavik. Other Concerto engagements include a performance of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York in October 2011.
In demand as an orchestral soloist, Mr. Höskuldsson was invited to play Guest Principal Flute with the Mostly Mozart Festival during the 2009 season as well as with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the end of their 2010 -2011 season.
Mr. Höskuldsson attended the Royal Northern College where he studied with Peter Lloyd and Wissam Boustany. While in Iceland, he attended the Reykjavik College of Music, studying with Bernhard Wilkinson. He has recorded for the Naxos label-American Classics Series.
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's season brings music by Bach, Chausson, Dvorak, Mozart, Nielsen, Poulenc, Shostakovich, Sibelius, R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Turina, and the NY 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!
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.
For complete info: http://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.