Barber's brilliant overture was inspired by an 18th century comedy about love. Piazzolla broke boundaries when he fused tango, jazz, and classical music in this seductive work for violin. Our soloist, Giora Schmidt, has been described as impossible to resist. The finale, Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, is a masterpiece so expressive it will seduce you.
|Date||Thursday, January 30, 2014|
|Time||Coffee and refreshments at 10:00 am
Classical Conversation at 10:30 am
|Price||$10 at the door|
Enjoy a one hour preview of this Masterworks concertbrought to you by the Sarasota Orchestra Association. It is an informative and enjoyable opportunity for any classical music lover to learn more about music and to heighten appreciation of the program pieces. The preview features Phil Gainsley leading a musically illustrated discussion.
Click for Program Notes and to listen to a short excerpt.
||Overture to The School for Scandal|
||Giora Schmidt, violin||Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
||Symphony No. 2 in E Minor
Muñoz confirmed his status as one of the more gifted young conductors of his day. - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted and versatile conductors of his generation. He was recently appointed Music Director of Le Poisson Rouge’s Ensemble LPR, the flagship ensemble of New York’s celebrated multimedia performance venue, dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art. He also serves as Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy. Previous appointments include a three year tenure as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow, and Assistant Conductor positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, Mr. Muñoz made his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Symphony Orchestra. That same year, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Music Festival at the invitation of David Zinman. Mr. Muñoz continues to maintain a close relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra, where he has returned to conduct annually, including a critically acclaimed subscription week, stepping in on short notice for Pierre Boulez. Mr. Muñoz conducted his first performances with The Joffrey Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra in the summer of 2009. This successful collaboration led to further performances in the summer of 2010 as well as an invitation to tour with The Joffrey Ballet in the 2010/11 season. In the 2012/13 season, he conducted The Cleveland Orchestra’s first complete Nutcracker performances and in summer 2013 he leads the orchestra’s first staged Rite of Spring, both with the Joffrey Ballet.
Mr. Muñoz has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Alabama, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Columbus, Eugene, Hartford, Houston, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Kitchener-Waterloo, Phoenix, and San Antonio, among others. Other recent and upcoming engagements include return performances with the Detroit Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and Toledo Symphony, as well as subscription debuts with The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony. Festival appearances have included the Chautauqua Symphony and the Grant Park Orchestra. Following engagements in Europe with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra the Opéra de Rennes, Mr. Muñoz has upcoming debuts with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Luxembourg Philharmonic, and the Orchestre National de Lorraine.
During the summers of 2004 through 2006, Mr. Muñoz attended the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin and participated in master classes with Asher Fisch, Leon Fleisher, George Manahan, David Robertson, and Leonard Slatkin. He is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival's 2005 Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize and the 2006 Aspen Conducting Prize, returning to Aspen as the festival's Assistant Conductor in the summer of 2007 and then as a guest conductor in summer 2011.
Committed to working with young artists, Mr. Muñoz has conducted performances at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. In the fall of 2010, he led a nine city tour with the St. Olaf College Orchestra. Additionally, he has had an ongoing relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Portland Youth Philharmonic and has worked with conducting students both at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Engagements in the 2012/13 season include Indiana University, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the New World Symphony, Music Academy of the West, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
An accomplished violinist, Mr. Muñoz began his musical training in the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program, continuing studies on violin and composition at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and was a member of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and New York Youth Symphony, where he also served as Apprentice Conductor. He furthered his training at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, as a violin student of Daniel Phillips.
Incandescent. [Schmidt was] as explosive as lightning splitting an oak tree. The Chronicle Herald
Violinist Giora Schmidt is quickly establishing himself as a virtuoso of the grand tradition with a distinctive voice. His performances are illuminated by a richness of color and effortless technique making him one of the most commanding young artists on the stage today.
Giora has appeared with numerous symphony orchestras around the globe including Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, New Jersey, Fort Worth, Honolulu, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba,Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (Mexico City), Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Sendai Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony.
In recital and chamber music, Giora has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo's Musashino Cultural Hall. Festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, the Santa Fe and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, Bard Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music and Music Academy of the West.
He has collaborated with eminent musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and Michael Tree.
Born in Philadelphia in 1983 to professional musicians from Israel, Giora began playing the violin at the age of four. He has studied with Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music, and Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. Committed to education and sharing his passion for music, Giora regularly seeks out new ways of reaching young violinists and music lovers around the world through technology and social media. His Facebook page (facebook.com/gioraschmidt) has over 42,000 global followers.
Giora was the First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition in 2000, the recipient of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2005 won the Classical Recording Foundation's Samuel Sanders Award. From 2004-2006 he was chosen to be a Starling Fellow where he taught as Itzhak Perlman's assistant at the Juilliard School.
|Beatrice Friedman||65th Season Title Sponsor|
|Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation||Masterworks Season Title Sponsor|
|Joan A. Mendell||Tito Muñoz Conductor Sponsor|
|Helen & Len Glaser||
|Bunny & Mort Skirboll||Repertoire Sponsors|
|Lois Stulberg||Giora Schmidt Soloist Sponsor|