NOI OPENING GALA CONCERT
Saturday, May 31, 2014. 8PM | Dekelboum Concert Hall
The National Festival Orchestra, led by John Morris Russell, opens the festival
with a concert of popular favorites including:
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Copland’s Buckarroo Holiday, music by John Williams and others.
The 2012/2013 marks John Morris Russell’s second full season as Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, one of Cincinnati’s most treasured assets and one of the world’s most respected pops orchestras. Consistently winning international praise for his extraordinary music-making and visionary leadership, he was recently named Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He completed his role as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada at the end of the 11/12 season whereupon he was named that orchestra’s first Conductor Laureate.
Saturday, June 7, 2014. 8PM | Dekelboum Concert Hall
In this NOI concert, the musicians lead each other, performing challenging repertoire without a conductor:
- Franz Joeseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 Drumroll
- Ottorino Respighi: Trittico botticelliano
- Charles Ives: Symphony No. 3 Camp Meeting
Saturday, June 14, 2014. 8PM | Dekelboum Concert Hall
James Ross conducts the National Festival Orchestra in a performance of:
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67
- Edgard Varèse: Amériques
- Gustav Mahler: Adagio from unfinished Symphony No. 10
James Ross is presently is the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Maryland, Associate Director of the Conducting Program at the Juilliard School, and Orchestra Director of the newly formed National Youth Orchestra USA at Carnegie Hall.
His musical activities cover three fields: conducting, horn playing and teaching. Ross grew up studying the horn in Boston and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1981. Upon graduation, he began his conducting studies in earnest with Kurt Masur in Leipzig while simultaneously serving as Solo-Horn of the prestigious Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, becoming the first American member in the orchestra’s 250 year history. Read more...
Christopher Seaman conducts the National Festival Orchestra in a performance of:
- Gustav Holst: The Planets
- Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche
- Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Following a highly successful thirteen-year tenure as Music Director, Christopher Seaman has recently been named Conductor Laureate of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, where he maintains an annual presence. During his time in Rochester, Mr. Seaman was credited for broadening the orchestra’s audience base and, in particular, for his creation of the ASCAP award-winning lecture series “Symphony 101.” He has also served as Artistic Advisor of the San Antonio Symphony, Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, and prior to that as conductor-in-residence of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Sought-after as a guest conductor throughout the world, Mr. Seaman has appeared with orchestras in North America, Israel, Eastern Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in his native Great Britain, where he has served as Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony and the Northern Sinfonia. Read more...
PETER AND THE WOLF
Sunday, June 22, 2013. 3PM & 5PM | Clarice Smith Center Grand Pavilion
A family friendly performance featuring Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and more.
Saturday, June 28, 2014. 8PM | Dekelboum Concert Hall
Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the National Festival Orchestra in a performance of:
- Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op 47
- Roberto Sierra: Fandangos
- Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of both the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. During the 2012-13 season led the Detroit Symphony in highly acclaimed concerts at Carnegie Hall including one concert in which all four Charles Ives Symphonies were presented in one evening; led the Orchestre National de Lyon in a triumphant Paris concert of Ravel’s “L’heure espangole” and “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” and celebrated Rachmaninoff’s 140 anniversary with Denis Matsuev and the State Symphony of Russia in Moscow. Read more...