Michael Morgan, longtime Music Director of the Oakland Symphony as well as Artistic Director of the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, will guest conduct a program that includes Schumann’s great Cello Concerto, with cellist Matthew Linaman (Pre-College Chamber Music Faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a former winner of the RCO’s College Concerto Competition!), and Richard Strauss’s Baroque-flavored music for the play Le bourgeois gentilhomme.
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR
Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style in C major, D. 591
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme (Der Bürger als Edelmann), Op. 60


Schumann’s Cello Concerto, with cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch and the National Orchestra of Paris conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

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Michael Morgan
Michael Morgan became music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony in 1990. He serves as artistic director of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, is Music Director Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, and is on the boards of Oaktown Jazz Workshops, the Purple Silk Music Education Foundation, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. He teaches the graduate conducting course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is Music Director at the Bear Valley Music Festival in California. As a guest conductor he has appeared with most of America’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

Michael Morgan was raised in Washington, D.C. where he attended public schools and began conducting at the age of 12. While a student at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, he spent a summer at Tanglewood. There he was a student of Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa and it was at that time that he first worked with Leonard Bernstein. During his final year at Oberlin he was also the Apprentice Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic under Julius Rudel. In 1980, he won first prize in the Hans Swarowsky International Conductors Competition in Vienna, Austria and became Assistant Conductor of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. In 1986, Sir Georg Solti chose him to become the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for five years.

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Matthew Linaman
Matthew Linaman, a native of Reno, Nevada, began playing cello through his elementary school music program at age 11. He studied privately with Emily Uhlman until being accepted into the preparatory program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) at age 16. Matthew has now performed in over 15 countries both as a soloist, teacher and cellist of the Cello Street Quartet (CSQ). Shortly after forming CSQ while he was a student, the quartet was asked to serve as musical ambassadors through the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad program, where they performed and taught in Hungary, Kosovo and Russia. He has spoken on the TEDx stage (2017), presented on entrepreneurship in music at SFCM, and was featured in a full-length podcast episode about the miraculous story of how he acquired his cello. Matthew was the winner of the SFCM Concerto Competition (2012), the Reno Chamber Orchestra College Concerto Competition (2012), the Oakland Symphony Young Artists Competition (2013) and the Avanti Award for Outstanding Artists (2017). After receiving the coveted Dean’s Award for outstanding contribution to chamber music at SFCM, Matthew graduated in 2013 where he studied with award-winning french cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau. This performance marks Matthew’s second collaboration with the RCO and his third with Michael Morgan; the most recent being in November of 2018, with the Oakland Symphony, performing the world premier of Richard Marriott’s “Ghostship Requiem Cello Concerto”, commemorating the 36 people who died in a tragic fire at an artist warehouse in Oakland in 2016. Matthew is grateful to perform on an exquisite french cello from 1830 that he acquired through crowd-funding in 2014.