Special Performances:
  February 27th
  April 30th

Harman Orchestra Classics Series


Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 8:00 pm

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Selected works by Prokofiev and Schumann  


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Yefim Bronfman Video Yefim Bronfman, piano

Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings. Mr. Bronfman performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic as its featured Artist-in-Residence

in the 2013-2014 season. In addition, Yefim Bronfman has performed recently with many symphonies including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dallas, The Metropolitan Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Summer festivals included Tanglewood, Aspen, Vail, La Jolla and a residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Bronfman has also traveled internationally to Japan, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne.

He has also given numerous solo recitals in the leading halls of North America, Europe and the Far East, including acclaimed debuts at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and Avery Fisher Hall in 1993. In 1991 he gave a series of joint recitals with Isaac Stern in Russia, marking Mr. Bronfman's first public performances there since his emigration to Israel at age 15. That same year he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. In 2010 he was honored as the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane prize in piano performance from Northwestern University.

Widely praised for his solo, chamber and orchestral recordings, he was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2009 for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's piano concerto with Salonen conducting and with whom he won a GRAMMY® Award in 1997. His most recent CD releases are the 2014 GRAMMY® nominated Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2 commissioned for him and performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer Rundfunk, a recital disc, 'Perspectives'.

Born in Tashkent in the Soviet Union on 10 April 1958, Yefim Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973, where he studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the United States, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro and the Curtis Institute, and with Rudolf Firkusny, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin.

Yefim Bronfman became an American citizen in July 1989.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 3:00 pm

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Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol Rimsky Soundbite
Lalo Symphonie Espagnole in D minor
     Rachel Lee Priday, violin Lalo Soundbite
Surinach Ritmo Jondo, Flamenco Surinach Soundbite
Bizet Carmen: Suite Nos. 1 and 2 Carmen Soundbite



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Upstairs @ the Symphony
Spanish Nights:    Cocktails,
Tapas, Flamenco & Concert



Enjoy a festive evening of exotic sounds and tastes that will transport you to Spain! Spanish Tapas will be catered by Barcelona Restaurant. Flamenco dancing by Yohanna Escamilla.
$100 per person includes cocktails, tapas, flamenco and a premium seat to the 8pm concert.
Already have a concert ticket? $75 per person includes cocktails, tapas & flamenco.

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Rachel Lee Priday Video Meet Rachel Lee Priday, violin

Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, acclaimed for her beauty of tone, riveting stage presence, and "irresistible panache" (Chicago Tribune), has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Critics have praised her "dazzling, forceful technique," "rich, mellifluous sound" and "silvery fluidity." Combining a fierce intelligence

with an imaginative curiosity, her wide-ranging repertoire and eclectic programming reflect a deep fascination with literary and cultural narratives, as an artist who seeks contemporary resonances with the masterworks of the past.

Previous solo engagements have included appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Aspen Sinfonia at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed in Korea several times, including repeat engagements with the Seoul Philharmonic, the KBS Symphony under the direction of Dmitri Kitaenko, and a four-city tour of the country with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and Valery Polyansky.

Rachel's frequent recital appearances have brought her to such distinguished venues as the Mostly Mozart Festival at Avery Fisher Hall among others. As a chamber musician, she has been invited to participate as a guest artist at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's "Chamber Music Marathon" and the Moritzburg Festival in Germany.

Rachel has been profiled in the The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle Magazine, and The Strad Magazine. Her television credits include appearances on the Disney Channel, "Fiddling for the Future" and "American Masters" on PBS, and the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Rachel made her orchestral debut at the Aspen Music Festival in 1997 at the age of nine, and the following year performed at the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations. A native of Chicago, Rachel began her violin studies at the age of four, and in 1996 moved to New York to study with the late pedagogue Dorothy DeLay, continuing her studies with Itzhak Perlman at the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School. She holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University, and in May 2011 received a master's degree, studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory through its joint dual-degree program with Harvard College.

She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin (Naples, 1760), double-purfled with fleurs-de-lis, named Alejandro.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 3:00 pm

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Golijov Sidereus 
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Elgar Soundbite
    Julie Albers, cello
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G Major Dvorak Soundbite



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Julie Albers Video Meet Julie Albers, cello

American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron.

Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.

Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2001, she won Second Prize in Munich's Internationalen Musikwettbewerbes der ARD, and was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabruch. In 2003, Miss Albers was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea's Gyeongnam International Music Competition, winning the $25,000 Grand Prize.

In North America, Miss Albers has performed with many important orchestras and ensembles including concerto appearances with the orchestras of Colorado, Indianapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Munchener Kammerorchester among others.

In addition to solo performances, Miss Albers regularly participates in chamber music festivals around the world. 2009 marked the end of a three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. She is currently active with the Albers String Trio and the Cortona Trio. Teaching is also a very important part of Miss Albers' musical life. She currently is Assistant Professor and holds the Mary Jean and Charles Yates Cello Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Julie Albers performs on a N.F. Vuillaume cello made in 1872 and makes her home in Atlanta with her husband, Bourbon, and their dog, Dozer.

A few words from Eckart Preu

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

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Program TBA


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Wynton Marsalis Video Wynton Marsalis

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