NY Philharmonic Principal Violist Cynthia Phelps to play Walton Viola Concerto on December 15

On Sat. Dec. 15, 2012, the New York Repertory Orchestra presents virtuoso violist Cynthia Phelps in a one-night-only performance of William Walton's epic Viola Concerto. Also on the program is the NY Premiere of the Symphony No. 8 by Eduard Tubin.
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Nov. 16, 2012 - PRLog -- Making her New York Repertory Orchestra debut, the amazing Cynthia Phelps, New York Philharmonic Principal Violist, performs one of the great masterpieces of the solo viola repertoire: the Viola Concerto by William Walton. This is a one-night-only opportunity to hear one of the world's greatest violists as soloist in one of the world's greatest works in the repertoire!

NYRO's Annual Gala Benefit Concert, on December 15th, is going to be a great night for music lovers to come out and support NYRO in its mission of providing full seasons of innovative programming and world-class soloists in its series of free concerts for the New York community.

The program also includes the New York Premiere of the powerful and haunting Symphony No. 8 by Estonian composer Eduard Tubin. NYRO has been a long-time champion of this neglected composer and with this program we continue to present the first performances of his works here in New York.

In a lighter mood, the concert will begin with Leo Delibes' delightful dance suite, Le roi s'amuse -- a charming set of dances based on Renaissance melodies.

It will be a night to remember and a great opportunity to support NYRO!

● Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
● 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)


■ Delibes:
Le roi s'amuse
■ Walton: Viola Concerto - Cynthia Phelps, violist
■ Tubin: Symphony No. 8 - New York Premiere

David Leibowitz, conductor

For complete info: www.nyro.org


"Not only does CYNTHIA PHELPS produce one of the richest, deepest viola timbres in the world, she is a superb musician" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic, Ms. Phelps has distinguished herself both here and abroad as one of the leading instrumentalists of our time. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 1988 Pro Musicis International Award and first prize at both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition, she has captivated audiences with her compelling solo and chamber music performances. She is "a performer of top rank...the sounds she drew were not only completely unproblematical --technically faultless, generously nuanced-- but sensuously breathtaking" (The Boston Globe).

Ms. Phelps performs throughout the world as soloist with orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has appeared in recital in Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, and at New York's Alice Tully Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and St. David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales. She has also been heard on National Public Radio's St. Paul Sunday Morning, Radio France, and RAI in Italy, and has been featured on The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and CBS Sunday Morning.

Ms. Phelps has performed internationally as a collaborator with such artists as Isaac Stern, Itzak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Yefim Bronfman, among many others. A much sought-after chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York's Bargemusic, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Music From Copland House. Ms. Phelps has performed with the Guarneri, American, Brentano, and Prague String Quartets, the Kalichstein-Robinson-Laredo Trio, and at the Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Seattle, Bridgehampton, Ravinia, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Bravo!Colorado, Naples, Cremona, Schleswig-Holstein, and Chamber Music Northwest Festivals.

Ms. Phelps regularly receives enthusiastic reviews for her performances as soloist with the New York Philharmonic; works she has performed include Berlioz's Harold in Italy, the Bartok Viola Concerto and Strauss's Don Quixote, the Benjamin Lees Concerto for String Quartet, and the recent premiere of a concerto written for her by Sofia Gubaidulina. Recent performances have included a New York Philharmonic International tour featuring the Gubaidulina, a new work written for her by composer Steven Paulus (commissioned by the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival), and return solo engagements with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony and numerous other orchestras.


Conductor David Leibowitz has garnered international acclaim for his work on the concert, opera, and ballet stage and is celebrated for his innovative programming and exciting performances.

Mr. Leibowitz is the Music Director and founder of the award-winning New York Repertory Orchestra. In addition to world and local premieres, some recent highlights of his tenure 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 commissioned, worked with, and performed premieres by some of the most important composers of our time.

Since 1994, Mr. Leibowitz has held the post of Principal Conductor with the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra and is also on the conducting faculty of the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute and the International Opera Institute at the Maud Powell Music Festival. From 2002-2007, he was on the conducting staff of the Rome Festival Opera (Italy), leading opera, ballet, and concert performances, and in 2009, he was named Orchestra Director of Siena (Italy) Summer Music. In the current season, Mr. Leibowitz assumes the post of conductor of the New York Opera Exchange.

Throughout the United States and Europe, he has directed such ensembles as the Pleven Philharmonic (Bulgaria), the Orchester Pro Arte (Vienna), Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Orchestra (Princeton, NJ). This coming November, Mr. Leibowitz will conduct the University of Wyoming (Laramie) Symphony Orchestra.

In the New York City area, he has conducted the Astoria Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Village Orchestra,
Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Centre Symphony Orchestra, Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra and Choir, New York Fesetival Singers, and Music at St. Paul’s (Columbia University).

In 2011, Mr. Leibowitz was an award-winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and Orchestral Programming. He was recently 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.


In 2012-2013 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 Barber, Beethoven, Bottesini, Busoni, Debussy, Delibes, Elgar, Hovhaness, Jongen, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Smetana, and Walton. In addition, NYRO presents the World Premiere of New York composer Peri Mauer's Illuminations of the Night and the New York Premiere of Eduard Tubin's Symphony No. 8 and Anne Guzzo's Fanfare for the Mountains and Peace. 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.
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