January 18/19, 2014 – Kuchar/Liu
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Rong-Huey Liu, oboe
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
Corigliano: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra
Mozart: Symphony 41 in C major, K. 551 “Jupiter”
Led by Maestro Theodore Kuchar, this program features two favorites of the classical repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s lovely Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s brilliant final symphony, the “Jupiter.” RCO Principal Oboist Rong-Huey Liu is also featured in a modern masterpiece, the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by American composer John Corigliano.
Hailed by her colleagues as “a most expressive oboist with a beautiful dark sound” and by conductor Tomasz Golka as “… a phenomenal oboist,” Taiwanese-American Rong-Huey Liu is currently the principal oboist for the Long Beach Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Riverside County Philharmonic. She also performs with orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, New West Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony. As a Hollywood studio musician, Dr. Liu has performed with Jackie Evancho and is the principal oboist for Andrea Bocelli’s annual west coast touring orchestra. Her playing can be heard on recordings with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, David Benoit, Bright Eyes, Ron Isley, Mariachi Champaña Nevín, Laura Pursell, Paul Steel, and Calico Winds, and on the movie soundtrack “Fireflies in the Garden.” Read More
Theodore Kuchar, one of the most prolifically recorded conductors of the past decade, appears on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. His CD “Latin American Classics” with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela was recently nominated for a 2013 Latin Grammy Award. The 2013-14 season is Kuchar’s eleventh as Reno Chamber Orchestra Music Director, and his tenth as Artistic Director of the RCO’s Nevada Chamber Music Festival. He also presently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (2002- ), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela (2011- ), and Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina (2013- ). Kuchar has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005- ) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994-2004). An avid chamber musician, he served as the Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006). Read More.
The fourth movement of Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Karl Bohm.