MAY 19, 2017 | 7:00 PM
MAY 20, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Hailed as as “brilliant” by The New York Times and “an artist to be taken seriously” by The Chicago Tribune, Steinway artist Elizabeth Joy Roe helps us bring our season to a spectacular finale with Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and magnificent Concerto for Piano.
Led by Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, this sensational program also features Guest Choral Director Andre Garcia-Nuthmann.
|BEETHOVEN||Overture to Fidelio, op. 72c|
|BARBER||Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, op.38 featuring Elizabeth Joy Roe|
|BRAHMS||Nänie, op.82, featuring The Symphony Chorus|
|BRAHMS||Schicksalslied, op.54, featuring The Symphony Chorus|
|ENESCU||Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, op. 11|
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Roe has collaborated with an array of esteemed artists, including conductor Leonard Slatkin, violinist Daniel Hope, violist Richard O’Neill, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, the Parker Quartet, and jazz pianist Shelly Berg; she is also a member of Decoda (Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall) and Trio Ariadne (ensemble-in-residence at the Green Music Center). Most notably, she co-founded the groundbreaking Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, whose concerts, compositions, and Emmy-nominated music videos (viewed by millions on YouTube) have captivated audiences around the globe.
Committed to arts advocacy, Ms. Roe was one of the inaugural fellows of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute (now under the new appellation of Ensemble Connect). As part of this professional fellowship, she performed regularly at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW, taught at PS 131Q in Queens, and co-directed the Children’s Music Campaign NYC. In recognition of her educational and leadership endeavors, she was awarded the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.
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A Chicago native, Elizabeth Joe Roe was 13 years old when she won the grand prize at the IBLA International Piano Competition in Italy. Throughout her career she has received honors from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Music for Youth Foundation, and the National Association for Professional Asian Women. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student, graduating with Scholastic Distinction for her thesis on representations of music in the fiction of Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, and E.M. Forster. A Steinway Artist and Soros Fellow, Ms. Roe’s mission is to connect with others through the inspiration, joy and essential humanity of music.
One of the most versatile and respected musical artists of his generation—renowned as conductor, violinist, violist, and concertmaster—Guillermo Figueroa is the Principal Conductor of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. He also serves as the Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonia in Florida, and is the founder of the highly acclaimed Figueroa Music and Arts Project in Albuquerque. Additionally, he was the Music Director of both the New Mexico Symphony and the Puerto Rico Symphony. With this last orchestra, he performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall in 2003, the Kennedy Center in 2004, and Spain in 2005. Read more …
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