April 15-16, 2023

April 15-16, 2023

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Guest Conductor: André Raphel

Leonardo Suarez Paz, Violin

Appalachian Spring, Copland

Nuevos Aires, Suarez Paz
          Leonardo Suarez Paz,
Violin

Symphony No. 7, Beethoven

Concerts are held at the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School
10 Hillside Road, Greenwich, CT
Saturdays at 7:30 pm     Sundays at 3 pm
Tickets are good for either performance. 

 

Acclaimed for his creative programming and versatility, conductor André Raphel is renowned for his compelling musical performances. A dynamic podium presence, he has also developed a reputation as a skilled communicator. Raphel has led critically acclaimed festivals, world premieres and commissioned works by Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, Kenneth Fuchs, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Uri Caine and Hannibal Lokumbe.
Conductor Laureate of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, André Raphel led the orchestra as Music Director for 15 years. Other key positions have included, Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic for two years. He was Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra for six years. Raphel served for three years as Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony.

Raphel enjoys an active career as guest conductor. During the 2021-22 season, André Raphel appears with the Youngstown Symphony and Hudson Valley Philharmonic among others. In recent seasons, he has appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. He has appeared with most of the major American orchestras including Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. Raphel has led Germany's Bamberg Symphony in two recordings for Bavarian Broadcasting. He made his Los Angeles debut conducting at the gala opening of The Broad museum. A recording of Uri Caine's Passion of Octavius Catto with Raphel conducting has garnered acclaim.

André Raphel made his European debut with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie and has also led the Moravska Philharmonie. In the United States he has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Milwaukee, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, Seattle, the National Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra among others. He made his Carnegie Hall debut leading Robert Shaw and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a concert celebrating the centennial of legendary mezzo-soprano Marian Anderson. Raphel’s international engagements have further included appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Columbia and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica.

A guest conductor at major music festivals, Raphel has led programs at the Blossom Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center. He has also appeared at the Mann Center, Grant Park Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Brevard Music Festival, and the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil.
Raphel has a strong commitment to education and community engagement. In 2010, he launched a highly successful College Series with the Wheeling Symphony. During his tenure with the Saint Louis Symphony, he was Music Director of the orchestra's "In Unison" program, a partnership between the orchestra and local churches. His commitment to education is reflected in his work at leading conservatories and training programs. He has led the Juilliard Orchestra, New World Symphony, Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute and Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

Born André Raphel Smith in Durham, North Carolina he began formal music lessons at age 11. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, and pursued further study at Yale University where he earned his Master’s Degree. While at Yale, he began conducting studies with Otto-Werner Mueller. He continued studies with Mueller at The Curtis Institute of Music earning a Diploma in conducting and at the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and received an Advanced Certificate in orchestral conducting.

Raphel is the recipient of numerous honors and awards which attest to his artistry. In 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Miami. The Philadelphia Orchestra issued a special commemorative CD featuring William Grant Still’s Symphony No.1 with Maestro Raphel conducting. He received the Distinguished Service Award from Yale University. Raphel is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from West Liberty University. He has received Honorary Commendations from the cities of Philadelphia and Saint Louis. The North Carolina Senate awarded Raphel the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine.” The award, presented annually is the state’s highest honor for a civilian.

 

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Leonardo Suarez Paz is known for his uncommon talent as a singer, a career he began at the age of 6, a tango dancer and choreographer and an artist who “possesses a unique spirit and is a virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin” (Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York). Leonardo made his debut as a violinist at age 14, gaining experience as a classical and tango musician. At 16, he became the youngest member of the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires. As a classical musician he recorded with Placido Domingo, accompanied Alfredo Kraus, Aaron Rosand, was a soloist for Julio Boca’s Ballet Argentino and concertmaster and  soloist for Savion Glover’s Classical Savion. He was featured on the GRAMMY-award winning albums 100 Años de Mariachi with Placido Domingo, Tango, with Carlos Franzetti and Ruben Blades, Amarte Es Un Placer with Luis Miguel and performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Spoleto and Umbria Jazz Festivals in Italy and others. His Jazz credits include working with Stanley Jordan, Cody Moffett, Steve Kuhn and Jim Hall. Leonardo Suarez Paz premiered his Tango  Violin Concerto, Nuevos Aires, in New York in 2016. He arranges and composes for soloists, chamber groups and orchestras including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Leonardo is a 4th generation Tango artist, billed by the press as "Tango Royalty" (All About Jazz, UK./ Erie-Times News).  He grew up along side and was mentored by composer Astor Piazzolla, his parents - violinist Fernando Suarez Paz, who was Piazzolla's collaborator for over a decade,  singer Beatriz Suarez Paz and Horacio Ferrer, who was Piazzolla's lyricist and the co-creator of Nuevo Tango.  Leonardo Suarez Paz and has worked as a soloist with most of Tango’s legendary figures including Mariano Mores, Horacio Salgan, Atilio Stampone, Osvaldo Berlingieri, Nestor Marconi, Horacio Ferrer, Federico Scorticatti, Tanya, Osvaldo Requena and many others and was featured as a dancer and violin soloist in the iconic shows of Tangox2, Perfumes de Tango and The Mariano Mores Show.  Leonardo was the only violin soloist to be featured in both Broadway tango productions of Tango Argentino and Forever Tango.  He was featured in "Troilo de los 40"  and Cafe de Los Maestros. He brings forth a new vision of Argentina's rich genre and is "surely now the torchbearer of Argentine Tango and the legacy of its greatest composer, Astor Piazzolla" (D. Heining,  All About Jazz).