Bernstein the Educator
Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.
Brevard Concert Orchestra
Ken Lam, conductor
Joseph Horowitz, curator
Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
"Bernstein the Educator"
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
CHADWICK Melpomene Overture
COPLAND Excerpts from Billy the Kid
HARRIS Finale from Symphony No. 3
IVES Finale from Symphony No. 2
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A Festival Within a Festival Celebrating the Centennial of Leonard Bernstein
For its third Festival Within a Festival, Brevard Music Center joins arts organizations across the nation in saluting the centennial of celebrated composer Leonard Bernstein. One of the most prominent and widely published writers on topics in American music, Joseph Horowitz returns to Brevard to participate in a season-long series of events and free lectures providing rich context around the influential composer's music. BMC's Leonard Bernstein Festival includes a series of classical and Broadway concerts featuring beloved works such as Chichester Psalms, Symphony No. 2 ("Age of Anxiety"), and the Mass (Season Finale), among others. Two fully staged performances of the opera Candide and the movie West Side Story (with live symphony) complete BMC's rich and varied festival programming.
A post-concert discussion with Joseph Horowitz concludes the evening.
Overture Program Information
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KEN LAM, conductor
BMC Resident Conductor
Ken Lam is Music Director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Hong Kong Voices.
In 2011, Mr. Lam won the Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition and was a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestra’s 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony. He made his US professional debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin. In recent seasons he has led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Illinois, Hawaii, Meridian, Hilton Head, and the Brevard Philharmonic, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
In opera, he has led critically acclaimed productions at Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, and at the Luminato Festival in Canada, and has directed numerous productions of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard.
Ken Lam studied conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at Peabody Conservatory, David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute. Previous conducting positions include Associate Conductor for Education of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He read economics and law at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, and previously spent ten years as an attorney specializing in international finance.
Mr. Lam was the recipient of the 2015 Johns Hopkins University Global Achievement Award.
JOSEPH HOROWITZ, producer
Joseph Horowitz has long been a pioneer in the thematic, interdisciplinary classical music programming, beginning with his tenure as artistic advisor for the annual Schubertiade at New York’s 92nd Street Y. As executive director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, he received national attention for The Russian Stravinsky, Dvořák and America, American Transcendentalists, Flamenco, and other festivals that explored the folk roots of concert works and the quest for national identity through the arts. Now an artistic adviser to various American orchestras, he has created more than three dozen interdisciplinary music festivals since 1985. He is also the founding artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s pathbreaking chamber orchestra, PostClasscial Ensemble, in which capacity he has produced two DVDs for Naxos that feature classical documentary films with newly recorded soundtracks. He is also the award-winning author of eight books that address the institutional history of classical music in the United States. Both Classical Music in America: A History (2005) and Artists in Exile (2008) were named best books of the year by The Economist.
PETER BOGDANOFF, media artist
Media Artist Peter Bogdanoff explores the arts using traditional and emerging digital technology. He works in the field of video, audio, and computer-based media to bring the arts to new audiences. In collaboration with Joseph Horowitz, he has previously created visual presentations for live performances of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony and Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements. Also with Mr. Horowitz, he created the visuals for Inside the Music: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (presented by the New York Philharmonic) and for a film, Remembering JFK (for the National Symphony Orchestra). He has worked extensively over the last 25 years in the field of computer-based arts explorations. Mr. Bogdanoff studied musical composition at Indiana University and California State University, Los Angeles, and is a Digital Media Specialist in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
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