Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony
Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Brevard Music Center Orchestra
Sebastian Lang-Lessing, conductor
Itamar Zorman, violin
Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
WAGNER Overture to Rienzi
BERG Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"
Overture Program Information
Artist Information (Show)
SEBASTIAN LANG-LESSING, conductor
German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing has been Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra since 2010.
Mr. Lang-Lessing, who received the Ferenc Fricsay Award when he was twenty-four years old, began his career at the Hamburg State Opera. Based on Sebastian’s work as assistant conductor to Gerd Albrecht in Hamburg, legendary stage director and opera manager Götz Friedrich engaged him as Resident Conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Today, Sebastian LangLessing regularly appears with the leading opera companies of the world, including those in Paris, Hamburg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. His operatic repertoire is exceptionally wide, with seventy-five works ranging from Baroque to contemporary opera.
Lang-Lessing was Chief Conductor of the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy and Artistic Director of the Nancy Opera, which, under his direction, was promoted to Opéra National de Lorraine. From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Lang-Lessing was Music Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, which grew to become one of the leading orchestras in the Pacific Rim. With this orchestra, Sebastian Lang-Lessing built a comprehensive, award-winning discography, especially of Classical and Romantic repertoire. He appears regularly as guest conductor with leading French orchestras including the symphony orchestras of Bordeaux and Toulouse, as well as with leading orchestras in North America such as the Vancouver, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee Symphonies, and European orchestras including regular appearances with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Gran Canaria, Malaga, and Palermo.
Maestro Lang-Lessing led the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 2013 recording performance for Renée Fleming’s Guilty Pleasures album (Decca). Other notable recordings have included the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Schumann with the Tasmanian Symphony, and the sensational re-discovery of the works of Joseph-Guy Ropartz with the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy. Late 2017 saw the release of the DVD of his critically acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier from the NCPA in Beijing, and of a Christmas CD with Pavel Sporcl and the Royal Liverpool Orchestra.
Lang-Lessing has been at the forefront of educational programming for classical music with a younger audience, an area in which he has shown great passion and commitment with orchestras throughout the world.
ITAMAR ZORMAN, violin
Top prize winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition, Itamar Zorman has appeared with major orchestras across four continents - USA, Europe, Asia and South America - including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the KBS Symphony, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Het Gelders Orkest, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in the ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, the Louvre Recital Series in Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt and the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade; and at festivals including Marlboro, Classical Tahoe, Chamberfest Cleveland, Kronberg Academy, Rheingau, and the Copenhagen Summer Festival. He has also collaborated with a number of legendary artists such as Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida.
Mr. Zorman is recording a CD of the works for violin and orchestra with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philippe Bach for BIS Records. His first solo CD recording, entitled “Portrait” was released by Profil - Editions Günther Hänssler. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, and, in addition to receiving top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, other competition successes include first prize at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and the Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition in April 2011.
Born in Tel-Aviv in 1985 to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman began his violin studies at the age of six. He holds degrees from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, The Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music. He is an alumnus of the Kronberg Academy where he studied with Christian Tetzlaff and Mauricio Fuks, and the recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He has taken part in numerous master classes around the world, working with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Haendel, and Ivry Gitlis.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale" / Rattle · Berliner Philharmoniker
Berg: Violin Concerto 1 of 2 (Itamar Zorman)
Wagner: Rienzi Overture