Sept. 15/16, 2012 – Kuchar/Urioste
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Elena Urioste, violin
Kodály: Dances of Galánta
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Theodore Kuchar begins his tenth season as RCO Music Director, leading the Orchestra in Kodály’s tuneful Dances of Galánta and the little known Second Symphony by Camille Saint-Saëns. Elena Urioste, world-renowned violinist and first-place laureate of the Sphinx Competition, concludes the concert with Beethoven’s brilliant Violin Concerto.
Elena Urioste, who has been featured on the cover of Symphony magazine as an emerging artist to watch, first appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen and has since made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. As first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, she debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has returned annually as soloist. She has been a featured artist in the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Switzerland’s Sion Valais International Music Festival. Her media credits include the popular radio programs From the Top and Performance Today; and appearances on Telemundo and NBC’s Today Show. 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. For the past 17 years, he has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s preeminent orchestras, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He presently also serves as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela and the Fresno Philharmonic. An avid chamber musician, he served as the Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006), and has served as the Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival since 2005. Since 2004, he has served as Resident Conductor at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the educational institution established by the late George Szell, in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra. Read More.
Elena Urioste performing part of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Dohnanyi Budafok Orchestra, Shlomo Mintz, conductor.