Pines of Rome
Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m.
Brevard Concert Orchestra
Ken Lam, conductor
Annelle Gregory, violin
Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
SUK Scherzo Fantastique
DVOŘÁK The Noonday Witch
WAXMAN Carmen Fantasy
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
Overture Program Information
Artist Information (Show)
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.
ANNELLE GREGORY, violin
Award-winning violinist Annelle K. Gregory is a laureate of international competitions, virtuoso violinist, and recording artist. She is 1st Prize & Audience Choice Award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition and Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. Her most recent project was the release of the firstever CD of Sergei Rachmaninoff's complete violin/piano works, recorded with Russian pianist Alexander Sinchuk (Bridge Records 2017). The CD has received international acclaim and aired on radio stations across the U.S. and Europe.
Gregory was awarded the 2017 Isaac Stern Award, the 2014 Glenn Dicterow Music Scholarship, has received scholarships from the League of Allied Arts and the Musical Merit Foundation, and has been supported in part by a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant. Other awards include 1st Prizes in the 2017 “Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Competition, the 2017 NANM National Strings Competition, the 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, and the 2017 Beverly Hills National Auditions.
As a soloist Gregory has performed with the symphonies of Detroit, La Jolla, San Diego, Chicago Sinfonietta, Houston, Nashville, Santa Monica, California Chamber Orchestra, and Torrance, working alongside such conductors as Mei-Ann Chen, Robert Franz, Tomasz Golka, Andrew Grams, Guido Lamell, Ken-David Masur, Anthony Parnther, Chelsea Tipton, Michelle Merrill, and Thomas Wilkins. Gregory has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center, as well as abroad in Russia, the U.K., Germany, and Portugal.
She has been featured on BBC, American Public Media, KUSC, and WQXR radios, as well as on German Television and Detroit Public TV. Gregory graduated first in her class, summa cum laude from USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she studied under former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. She also studied with Michael & Irina Tseitlin and Alexander Kirov. In addition to violin, Gregory also performs on viola and has played piano, drumset, guitar, and bass guitar and performed tap, jazz, flamenco, and Japanese classical dance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Russian classics and cooking.
Sir Antonio Pappano - Respighi: Pini di Roma