Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Brevard Music Center Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Concert Talk in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
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BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture
BENDIX-BALGLEY Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
Overture Program Information
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JOANN FALLETTA, conductor
BMC Principal Guest Conductor
JoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of American symphonic music. She serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center.
Ms. Falletta has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. In 2018-19 she will guest conduct orchestras in the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and across the U.S. A strong advocate and mentor for young professional and student musicians, in 2017-18, she led the Orchestra Now at Alice Tully Hall, and adjudicated the prestigious Malko Conducting Competition in Denmark. She has led seminars for women conductors for the League of American Orchestras and served in residence at SUNY Potsdam.
In 2016, Falletta was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining an esteemed roster that dates to the Academy's founding in 1780. She has served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts and is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards. She has introduced over 500 works by American composers, including well over 100 world premieres.
JoAnn is a leading recording artist for Naxos. Her discs have won two GRAMMY Awards and ten GRAMMY nominations. Falletta recently celebrated the release of her 100th recording, Stravinsky’s Soldier's Tale Suite / Octet / Les Noces with the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players. Other recent recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic includes the Naxos release of music of Kodaly, which was a BBC Music Magazine Choice Recording for February 2018, Music of Vitezslav Novak, Wagner, Music from the Ring, and a recording of music of Franz Schreker with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. In August Falletta will record her fifth world premiere recording of music of Kenneth Fuchs with the London Symphony.
Upon her appointment as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. She has since been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to a new level of national and international prominence. This Spring, Falletta and the BPO were invited to Poland, the BPO’s first international tour in 30 years. The Orchestra performed to great acclaim at Warsaw’s prestigious Beethoven Easter Festival, where Falletta made history as the first American woman to conduct an orchestra at the 20-year-old festival and the BPO became the first full American Orchestra to perform there.
Ms. Falletta received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes School of Music, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School.
NOAH BENDIX-BALGLEY, violin
First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Noah Bendix-Balgley has thrilled and moved audiences around the world with his performances. Since becoming a Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and gathering top prizes at further international competitions, he has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Utah Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Nagoya Philharmonic.
From 2011 to 2015, Noah was Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and in 2016 he performed the world premiere of his own klezmer violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck. Other highlights include his concerto debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2018, recital tours in Taiwan, China, and Europe, and performances of his klezmer concerto with orchestras in the USA and with the China Philharmonic, as well as his period instrument debut, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Apollo’s Fire Orchestra in Cleveland.
Noah is a passionate and experienced chamber musician. He currently performs as a member of the multigenre septet Philharmonix, which features members of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, and performs in a piano trio with cellist Peter Wiley and pianist Robert Levin. Noah appears regularly at music festivals in Europe, North America, and Asia, including the Aspen Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Domaine Forget, the Zermatt Festival, and the Le Pont Festival in Japan.
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah began playing violin at age 4. At age 9, he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland. Noah graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. His principal teachers were Mauricio Fuks, Christoph Poppen, and Ana Chumachenco. In his spare time, Noah enjoys playing klezmer music. He has played with world-renowned klezmer groups such as Brave Old World, and has taught klezmer violin at workshops in Europe and in the United States.
Noah performs on a Cremonese violin made in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi.
Bernstein - Academic Festival Overture (Brahms)
Noah Bendix-Balgley: Classical and Klezmer
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 / K. Järvi · Berliner Philharmoniker