April – Ransom Wilson

April 9-10, 2022

Conductor: Ransom Wilson
Paul Watkins,Cello

Program:
Ponchielli - Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
Delius - Cello Concerto
Brahms - Symphony No. 3

Concerts are held at the Performing Arts Center at Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Road
Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.

Ransom Wilson’s career has seen him as international flute virtuoso and recording artist, chamber musician, and now a busy conductor. In addition to his post as Music Director of the Redlands Symphony in California, he is Artistic Director of New York’s LE TRAIN BLEU ensemble, Music Director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and former Music Director of Solisti New York Orchestra, Oklahoma’s famed OK MOZART International Festival, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor with many major orchestras including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Denver Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Jersey Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the Budapest Strings, Krakow Philharmonic, London Symphony, and the Festival Quincena in Spain. Educated at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Juilliard School, Mr. Wilson pursued post-graduate studies as an Atlantique Scholar in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller, James Dixon, and Roger Neirenberg, and received extensive coaching from the late Leonard Bernstein. He is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music.

paul watkins.celloMr. Wilson will be joined by guest soloist, Paul Watkins on the cello. Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Mr. Watkins enjoys a remarkably varied and distinguished career as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He regularly appears as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Recent highlights include concertos with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Colorado Symphony, Hong Kong and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, and appearances at the BBC Proms as conductor and soloist. Mr. Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 until 2013, when he joined the Emerson String Quartet. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals worldwide.