TITO MUNOZ GUEST CONDUCTOR
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“Giora Schmidt maintains an acutely focused, gleaming sound that recalls Perlman in his prime.”
Experience two of the most exciting young artists of today. Two rising stars of the music world join the orchestra for a program of timeless orchestral classics including Tchaikovsky’s ravishing Violin Concerto and Edward Elgar’s brilliant masterpiece “Enigma” Variations— a lyrical, luminous, whimsical set of musical portraits of his friends and family. A fresh new work by David Schober provides a perfect curtain raiser for the evening.
Giora Schmidt, an Israeli-American virtuoso and student of Itzhak Perlman, adheres closely to a golden age of violin playing: a great tradition that combines personality with boundless virtuosity, a combination that has garnered rave reviews from across the country: “High on individuality, Schmidt's rendition…was impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm. Where so many performances are carbon copies, this one was his alone." (Cleveland Plain Dealer). With the Albany Symphony, Schmidt will be performing one of best known – and most technically challenging – violin concertos in history.
Lauded by the Cincinnati Enquirer for his “natural facility and convincing musicianship on the podium,” Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. Currently serving as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, he is an alumnus of the National Conducting Institute. Muñoz (who is a native New Yorker) will present Edward Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations— a lyrical, whimsical set of musical portraits of his friends and family – which has within it a mysterious musical cryptogram that has puzzled musical thinkers since its premiere in 1899.
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