Pictures at an Exhibition
Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Ken Lam, conductor
Zorá String Quartet, quartet
Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.
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LEES Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
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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.
Nick Montopoli, violin
Zach Matteson, violin
Karl Mitze, viola and mandolin
Geoff Manyin, cello
Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical...but not not classical”, invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. invoke weaves all of these traditions together to create truly individual music written by and for the group.
Currently Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas, invoke has also been selected as Artists in Residence at Strathmore, the Emerging Young Artist Quartet at Interlochen, and the Fellowship String Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts. In 2016, the band received First Prize in the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Competition, and was chosen as Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition. invoke has shared the stage with some of the most acclaimed chamber groups in the country, including the Enso Quartet and the U.S. Army Field Band. Equally at home in collaborative ventures, invoke has appeared with musicians in greatly varying genres - from chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin to DC beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon.
invoke’s 2015 debut release “Souls in the Mud”, and their 2018 follow-up “Furious Creek” both feature original works composed by and for the group. In addition, invoke has performed and recorded numerous world premieres. The group’s recording credits appear on bassist/composer Ethan Foote’s solo album “Fields Burning”, singer/songwriter Marian McLaughlin’s “Spirit House”, jazz/soul singer Rochelle Rice’s EP “Wonder”, and more.
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Gergiev · Berliner Philharmoniker