Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director of the Eugene Symphony and, starting in 2018-19, the Santa Rosa Symphony, leads the RCO in Beethoven’s famous “Eroica” Symphony. With clarinetist David Krakauer — a world-renowned figure in classical music, jazz, klezmer music, and education — the RCO will also present a modern masterwork, Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind.

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor
David Krakauer, clarinet

Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito, K. 621
Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica”

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An excerpt from Part II of Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, with clarinetist Franklin Cohen, violinists Diana Cohen and Isabel Trautwein, violist Kirsten Docter, and cellist Tanya Ell.


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Francesco Lecce-Chong
A captivating presence on the podium, American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming, and passion for community engagement. Mr. Lecce-Chong begins his post as Music Director & Conductor of the Eugene Symphony in the 2017-2018 season, following in the path of renowned predecessors including Marin Alsop and Giancarlo Guerrero. In addition, he currently holds the positions of Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Active as a guest conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Also trained as a pianist and composer, Mr. Lecce-Chong champions the work of new composers and the need for arts education. As Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) from 2011-2015, he curated and presented the works of both active and lesser-known composers, including two works commissioned by the orchestra, as well as two U.S. premieres. He also helped create the first MSO Composer Institute, providing performance opportunities for young American composers. Mr. Lecce-Chong has complemented his programming with a strong commitment to arts education for all ages. Mr. Lecce-Chong is a native of Boulder, Colorado, where he began conducting at the age of sixteen. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music and Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller.


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David Krakauer
Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, David Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble category as soloist with the conductorless orchestra A Far Cry, and a Juno nomination for the CD Akoka with cellist Matt Haimovitz. Over the past decade Krakauer has emerged as an electrifying symphonic soloist who brings his singular sound and powerful approach to the concert stage, appearing with some of the world’s finest orchestras.

Highlights of Krakauer’s lauded career include performances with the Kronos, Emerson, Tokyo, Orion, and Miro String Quartets; performing during the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with renowned jazz pianist Uri Caine; and performing in the International Emmy Award-­winning BBC documentary Holocaust, A Music Memorial from Auschwitz. Krakauer’s discography contains some of the most important clarinet recordings of recent decades. Among them are The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (Nonesuch), which received the Diapason D’Or in France, The Twelve Tribes (Label Bleu) which was designated album of the year in the jazz category for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and Paul Moravec’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Tempest Fantasy (Naxos). An avid educator, David Krakauer is on the clarinet and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College at the New School, and the Bard Conservatory.