American Symphony to Perform Works by Tchaikovsky and Korngold at Bard

Flutist Adrienn Kántor (photo Matt Giannotti)

Flutist Adrienn Kántor (photo Matt Giannotti)

(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Korngold, and Carl Reinecke, in a concert conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, and featuring Concerto Competition winners, at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College on Friday, February 6, 2015, and Saturday, February 7, at 8pm.

The program includes Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4; Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Violin Concerto in D Major; and Carl Reinecke, Flute Concerto, and features Concerto Competition winners Gabriel Baeza ’18, violin, and Adrienn Kántor ’14, flute.

A special preconcert talk by Christopher H. Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music, begins at 7pm.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Gabriel Baeza ’18 is in his second year at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where he was chosen as a winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition. He began playing the violin at age four, studying in the Suzuki method, and at age 11 moved to the precollege division of the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he studied with Francisco Caban. He completed a year of undergraduate studies there before coming to Bard, where he studies with Daniel Phillips. He plans to choose Italian studies as his second major. In June 2014, he performed with the Conservatory Orchestra in Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, and Berlin during a three-week concert tour.

Adrienn Kántor ’14 has performed in 11 countries in the past five years, beginning an international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral flutist. She played in Carnegie Hall at the age of 19, and was praised for “her graceful adornment in the slow movement of the Brahms Double Concerto and the rapid fluttering passage work in the finale of the Beethoven Symphony No. 3.” As an orchestral musician, she has performed on side-by-side concerts with the American Symphony Orchestra and was selected for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s mentoring scheme. Kántor is a prize winner of the New York Flute Club’s Competition, the Bard Conservatory’s Concerto Competition, and two concerto competitions at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she will perform flute concertos by Carl Reinecke and Carl Nielsen with the RCS Orchestra in 2015. She graduated from Bard with a B.A. in German studies and a B.Music in flute performance, studying with Tara Helen O’Connor. She is currently pursuing her M. Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Alison Mitchell.

Violinist Gabriel Baeza (photo Ana Abruna)

Violinist Gabriel Baeza (photo Ana Abruna)

Individual tickets are $25, $30, $35, and $40. Call 845-758-7900 or visit the Fisher Center website at Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College to purchase tickets or for further information. Season subscriptions are available. For more information, contact the box office at 845-758-7900.

The program for the final concert of the season, on April 24 and 25, includes Hermann Goetz’s Symphony No. 2 in F Major, Op. 9; Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Xing Gao ’17, harp; and Leoš Janá?ek’s Sinfonietta.





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