April 26/27, 2014 – Kuchar/Cao/UNR Singers
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Carmella Cao (College Concerto Competition Winner), flute
UNR Chamber Singers (Dr. Paul Torkelson, director)
Janacek: Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (arr. for string orchestra by Theodore Kuchar)
Nielsen: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Haydn: “Lord Nelson” Mass
Another exciting collaboration with the UNR Chamber Singers concludes the 2013-14 season. Maestro Theodore Kuchar will lead the choir and orchestra in Haydn’s dramatic Lord Nelson Mass. Also on the program is Maestro Kuchar’s own arrangement of the String Quartet No. 1 by Janacek, and a performance of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto by flutist Carmella Cao, the winner of the RCO’s annual College Concerto Competition. We’ll also be paying tribute to founding RCO violinist Marilyn Sevilla, who will be retiring from the Orchestra after these performances.
Up and coming artist Carmella Cao is currently a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is a graduate assistant and scholarship recipient. She teaches music appreciation and works as an assistant to flute professor Dr. Jennifer Grim. Carmella’s work with the university includes coaching the UNLV flute ensemble and repertoire classes for the flute studio. She is honing her pedagogical skills in teaching flute lessons by working with numerous undergraduate students at UNLV. As an avid supporter of new music, Carmella commonly premiers and performs contemporary works. She has most recently performed works by several of the world’s leading composers as part of composer Virko Baley’s new music concert series, NEXTET. In addition, Carmella performs with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra, with whom she has recorded on the Klavier label. In the summer of 2013, she attended the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance (IFCP) held at Mannes College, where she performed and coached in small ensembles and chamber concerts featuring works by Jennifer Higdon and Elliott Carter. Read More.
Dr. Paul Torkelson is currently Director of Choral Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he directs the Symphonic Choir, the Nevada Chamber Singers, The Twelve, and teaches choral conducting. During the 2012-13 academic year his choirs performed Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Gloria in D major by Antonio Vivaldi, and the Choral Fantasy by Ludwig van Beethoven with the Reno Chamber Orchestra. In the spring of 2014, the Nevada Chamber Singers will perform the “Lord Nelson” Mass by Franz Joseph Haydn with the Reno Chamber Orchestra. A December 2013 performance of Handel’s Messiah included members of Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir and the University Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Torkelson. 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 Kyrie eleison from Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass, with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, choir and soloists conducted by Michel Piquemal.