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CONNOISSEUR CONCERT 1 - DECEMBER 4, 2016 AT 3 P.M.
James Judd, Guest Conductor
Jan Mracek, Violin Soloist

PROGRAM – DRAMA & VIRTUOSITY
LIGETI Ramifications
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4, “Tragic”
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major
DVORAK Mazurek

An artist of outstanding versatility, conductor James Judd is widely acclaimed for his passionate musicianship and his charismatic presence on the podium. Maestro Judd was recently appointed Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also Chief Conductor of the Israel Symphony Orchestra and New York’s Little Orchestra Society as well as Conductor Emeritus of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Jan Mracek, an award-winning violinist from the Czech Republic, won First Prize at the renowned Kreisler International Violin Competition in 2014 for his performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto. He also won first prize at the 2014 Stefanie Hohl Violin Competition. He has performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony, and Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

PROGRAM NOTES

Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphony, written when he was only 19 years old, is filled with intensity and rhythmic energy as well as exquisite lyricism and poetic eloquence. • The Brahms Violin Concerto, with its majestic and dramatic opening movement, its profoundly beautiful slow movement, and its exuberant Hungarian gypsy finale, is one of the greatest and most difficult violin concertos in the repertoire.

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Jan Mracek

 


CONNOISSEUR CONCERT 2 - JANUARY 8, 2017 AT 3 P.M.
Brett Karlin, Guest Conductor
Sherezade Panthaki, Soprano Soloist

Program - BAROQUE BRILLIANCE
HANDEL Selected Arias
HANDEL Water Music Suite No. 1
VIVALDI Aria from La Fida Ninfa
RAMEAU Orchestral Suite

Brett Karlin is Artistic Director and Conductor of the critically acclaimed Master Chorale of South Florida, an ensemble of 120 singers, as well as the Artistic Director of Florida’s Singing Sons, a renowned, award-winning youth choir in Broward County. Previously, Karlin was Chorusmaster of the Florida Grand Opera and Assistant Conductor for the Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire and The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Soprano Sherezade Panthaki, a star in the field of early music, has garnered international praise for her musicianship, “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), “radiant” voice (The Washington Post), and vividly passionate interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). She has performed with major symphony orchestras and with the most accomplished early music ensembles.

PROGRAM NOTES

Handel composed the Water Music for King George I of England to accompany the royal barge on an excursion up and down the Thames River. The King admired the music so much that it was played three times before the cruise ended. • Cantata No. 51, “Exult in God in every Land,” is a festive and joyful work for virtuoso soprano, trumpet, and violin plus strings; it is one of Bach’s most popular cantatas.

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Brett Karlin
Sherezade Panthaki

 


CONNOISSEUR CONCERT 3 - FEBRUARY 19, 2017 AT 3 P.M.
Alastair Willis, Guest Conductor
Lindsay Garritson - Piano Soloist

PROGRAM – PARIS IMPRESSIONS
Ibert Divertissement and Ravel Piano Concerto in G, as well as music by other great French composers including Debussy, Bizet, Honegger, and Fauré.

Grammy-nominated conductor Alastair Willis is currently Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony. He has guest conducted orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, China National Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Qatar Philharmonic, and Silk Road Ensemble with Yo Yo Ma, among many others.

PROGRAM NOTES

Conductor Alastair Willis will lead the audience through an impression of Paris from the turn of the 19th century into the early 20th century, covering ballet, opera, theater, concert halls, Red Light District and more. The program will include works by Debussy, Bizet, Honegger, Milhaud, and Fauré, and will culminate with Ibert’s entertaining Divertissement and Ravel’s sparkling and jazzy Piano Concerto in G major.

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Alastair Willis
Lindsay Garritson


CONNOISSEUR CONCERT 4 - MARCH 26, 2017 AT 3 P.M.
Gerard Schwarz, Guest Conductor
Gregory Miller, Horn Soloist

PROGRAM – VIENNA TO APPALACHIA
MOZART Symphony No. 39
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 3
DIAMOND Concerto for Small Orchestra
COPLAND Appalachian Spring

Internationally recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalog of recordings, Emmy Award winning conductor Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of the All Star Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival and as Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony. He has held leadership positions with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and New York Chamber Symphony.

PROGRAM NOTES

In each of the four horn concertos that Mozart wrote for his friend Joseph Leutgeb, he emphasizes the richness of sound, noble beauty, and golden tone of the instrument. • Appalachian Spring is considered the finest of Copland’s “Americana” works. He created a musical style that effectively depicts the spaciousness of the West, the pioneering spirit of the people, and nostalgia for the simplicity of rural life.

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Gerard Schwarz
Gregory Miller

 


A Gift For Our Audience: Pre-Concert Conversations

Please join us for our Pre-Concert Conversation at 2 p.m. (prior to the 3 p.m. concert) designed to enhance your concert going experience!

Roberts Theater at Saint Andrew’s School

Spend 30 minutes listening to and participating in a fascinating, informative and fun discussion about the composer and the music that will be performed at the concert that day. This conversation will be lead by either the Maestro of the concert or a Guest Speaker.

Your questions will be welcome throughout this discussion.

Ticketing Information:
Tickets available for online purchase until 11:00 am concert day. Tickets purchased on-line less than one week prior to the concert date will be held for pick up at the "Will Call" table, prior to the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on concert day. Box office opens at 1:00 pm.

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Concerts begin at 3 pm

Concert Venue:
The Roberts Theatre at Andrews Hall
Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Andrew’s School
3900 Jog Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33434


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