Looking Ahead: 62nd Season
Bartok, Divertimento for Strings
Dittersdorf, Concerto for Harp, Barbara Allen, Harp
Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2, Edita Orlinyte, Violin
Barbara Allen has been active as a performer, recording artist and teacher. She has been principal harp with American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City since 1990, and has appeared with artists such as Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Collins, Doc Severinsen and Sting. Recently she recorded solo ballet excerpts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Allen teaches in at Mannes College, the New School, Masters School, and Hoff Barthelson.
Edita Orlinyte won the national Lithuanian competition for young string players at the age of ten. She earned both bachelor and masters degrees from the Music Academy of Lithuania and joined the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra in 1992. She has toured throughout Europe and Asia and has recorded a solo album that received an enthusiastic reception from Strings Magazine. She has been a member of the Greenwich Symphony for 20 years.
Mozart, Symphony No. 35 (Haffner)
Brahms, Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Greenwich High School Select Choirs
Schubert, Symphony No. 10 (U.S. Premiere of Performance Version by Pierre Bartholomee)
The Greenwich High School Choral Department is comprised of four ensembles involving nearly 250 students. Concert Choir (ninth through twelfth grade, males and females) is the main choral ensemble with over 135 members. After singing in Concert Choir for one year, students may elect to audition for one of three Select Choirs: Madrigals (36 female voices), Witchmen (24 male voices), and Chamber Singers (28 mixed voices). All five GHS choirs are full-credit, year-long classes meeting during the school day for fifty-eight minutes, four times a week. The choirs are directed by Patrick Taylor and have been honored with top prizes at state competitions for many years.
Verdi, Overture to La Battaglia di Legnano
Schumann, Piano Concerto, Benjamin Hochman, Piano
Korngold, Symphony, Op. 40, Benjamin Hochman, Piano
Pianist Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent and virtuosic performances blend colorful artistry with poetic interpretation, exciting audiences and critics alike. He performs in major cities around the world as a respected orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, working with a celebrated array of renowned conductors and colleagues. An impassioned and intelligent exponent of diverse composers, from Bach and Mozart to Kurtág and Lieberson, he strives to express the essence of each composer’s works, resulting in interpretations that the Vancouver Sun described as “stylish and lucid, with patrician authority and touches of elegant wit where context allows.” Possessed of an intellectual and heartfelt musical inquisitiveness, Mr. Hochman frequently juxtaposes familiar works with the unfamiliar in his concert programs and his thoughtful recorded repertoire.Pianist Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent and virtuosic performances blend colorful artistry with poetic interpretation exciting audiences and critics alike.
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor), John O’Conor, Piano
The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. His recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas led CD Review to say that he “by now should be recognized as teh world’s premier Beethoven interpreter.” His recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos have also been greeted with acclaim. He has also released two new CDs on the Steinway label: Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and five Haydn Sonatas. A Steinway Artist, he is Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah University in Virginia, Professor of Piano at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan.
Hindemith, Concert Music for Strings and Brass
Herbert, Concerto No. 2 for Cello, Daniel Miller, Cello
Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Daniel Miller, principal cellist of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, is an active concert, theatre, and recording musician in the New York area. He performs with numerous ensembles, including the American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York Pops, of which he is the assistant principal cellist. He has appeared as soloist with the Greenwich Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society, the New Amsterdam Symphony, the Yonkers Philharmonic, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. He is currently playing the Broadway production of Wicked. A former member of the Orchestra Del Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, he is also the cellist with Cuartetango, the tango string quartet, whose latest album Masters of the Bandoneon has just received two Grammy nominations.