Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Ricardo Castro: conductor
Tchaikovsk: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, 18'
Beethoven: Piano concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37 (piano soloist: Stewart Goodyear), 34'
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas 4, 25'
Stravinsky Firebird (1919), 22'
Acclaimed pianist, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bahia Orchestra Project, Ricardo Castro leads the remarkable youth orchestra in their first U.S. tour through an extraordinary sweep of classical music of 20th century Latin and American composers. The one hundred-member orchestra represents multiple ethnic groups from the Bahia region of Brazil and has packed concert halls in London, Berlin and Lucerne.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
In their debut North American tour, Valley Performing Arts Center proudly presents Bahia Orchestra Project: Samba Spectacular, praised by The Sunday Times as "The remarkable Youth Orchestra of Bahia, Brazil's pride." Founded in 2007 by critically acclaimed Brazilian pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro, the amazingly talented young musicians" part of the long-term NEOJIBA educational program" offer an exciting selection of popular dance music arranged for full symphony orchestra and Brazilian percussion. Get ready for an electrifying party atmosphere as the dancing drummers bring the audience to their feet and make them dance in the aisles.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
American pianist and Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Murray Perahia is one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. Known for his luminous pearly tones, spirited phrasings and bright articulations, Perahia brings his artistic brilliance to the Valley Performing Arts Center for a virtuoso performance.
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The Orchestra, which is the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. This evening the supremely talented Principal Guest Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow and piano virtuoso Roman Rabinovich explore the musical landscapes of Weber, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven in a stunning evening of classical repertoire. Programs and artists subject to change without notice
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op.55 "Eroica"
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Originally directed by Sir Neville Marriner from the leader's chair, the spirit and flexibility of the conductorless ensemble remains an Academy tradition with the newest appointment of virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as its new Music Director. Esteemed for its superlative balance as one of the finest and most recorded chamber orchestras of all times, the ensemble continues to transfix audiences with regal musical magnificence.