ACO's BEHIND THE BATON Lecture Series Continues 2/17 & 19
Atlantic Classical Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Stewart Robertson presents the second lecture in the 2014 "Behind the Baton" series held at the Indian River State College campuses in Stuart and Vero Beach this February 17 (Stuart) and February 19 (Vero Beach) from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The popular program offers a greater understanding and appreciation of classical music, complete with interesting pieces of music history, selected recordings, insight into highlighted composers, and lively discussion on musicians, instruments and orchestrating a performance.
To purchase a "Behind the Baton" subscription, call the ACO Office at 772-460-0850.
Artistic Director and Conductor of Atlantic Classical Orchestra since 2004, Glasgow, Scotland native Stewart Robertson thrives on a wide range of musical interests. He has become particularly associated with the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Benjamin Britten and his close involvement with new music has led him to having conducted over 100 orchestral and operatic world premieres. Robertson is also Music Director Emeritus of Glimmerglass Opera in New York.
Among his numerous guest conducting engagements are orchestras as diverse as The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Netherland Symphony Orchestra, Mecklenburg Staatskapelle, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nacional of Mexico, the North German Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In the realm of opera Robertson's appearances include New York City Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, the companies of Montreal, Detroit, Philadelphia, Opera Theater of St Louis, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duesseldorf, The Norwegian National Opera, the Jesi Festival in Italy, the Wexford Festival, Opera Ireland and the Fort Worth Opera Festival.
Robertson's performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Ukraine State Philharmonic and Glimmerglass Opera can be heard on the Chandos, Naxos, New World and Verdi/EMI labels. His recording of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's opera, The Mines of Sulphur, was nominated for a Grammy award. His world premiere recording of David Carlson's Anna Karenina has recently been released on the Signum label and his interpretation of Puccini's La Boheme at the Puccini Festival in the composer's home town of Torre del Lago is available on DVD. In the USA Robertson's perfomances have been televised by PBS on both the 'Great Performances' and 'Live from Lincoln Center' series.