Brevard Symphony Orchestra Presents IN GOOD COMPANY, 11/23
Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Music Director & Principal Conductor Christopher Confessore leads the BSO for the second subscription concert of the 2013-2014 season, In Good Company on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00pm at the King Center for the Performing Arts.
The BSO's 2013-2014 season, "CELEBRATE," is the orchestra's 60th Anniversary. Reaching such a milestone inspired Christopher Confessore to program a season that commemorates all the opportunities the BSO has to reach the community through the power of great music, including the orchestra's 30 year partnership with the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. The evening begins with a side-by-side performance with the BSYO's Philharmonic orchestra. The BSYO's most talented musicians will join the Brevard Symphony Orchestra on stage for a performance of Verdi's Overture to Nabucco, undeniably the composer's breakthrough opera and first great success.
The centerpiece of the evening will see the return of world renowned soloist Elmar Oliveira, who last performed with the BSO in November 2008. "Unquestionably Oliveira is the perfect choice to perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto," states Confessore. Oliveira remains the only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition. He was also the First Prize winner at the Naumburg International Competition and the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.
The concert concludes with Brahm's Symphony No. 1. The First Symphony is an epic and original work, a masterpiece in which Brahms found his own identity and voice, a fitting conclusion to the evening's program.
Complete Concert Details
In Good Company
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:00pm
King Center for the Performing Arts
3865 North Wickham Road
Christopher Confessore, Music Director & Principal Conductor
Verdi: Overture to Nabucco
Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra, side-by-side
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Elmar Oliveira, violin
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Tickets range from $34 to $54 and are available through the King Center box office at 321.242.2219 or BrevardSympyhony.com. Student/Teacher discount also available.
The BSO invites patrons to enhance their concert experience by attending Concert Conversations with Christopher Confessore. This interactive session begins approximately 40 minutes before the performance. Main floor seating is open during the informal informative discussion.
Christopher Confessore, Music Director & Prinicipal Conductor
Christopher Confessore serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure in Brevard, the orchestra has enjoyed a dramatic and sustained period of artistic excellence and has been praised for its innovative programming, spirited performances and broad repertoire. Mr. Confessore's work with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has garnered rave reviews for his "special talent for drawing the broadly lyrical out of his orchestra." He leads the orchestra in a wide range of Classics, Pops, Educational and Outreach performances each season.
During the 2013-14 Season, Mr. Confessore's schedule as a guest conductor includes appearances with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. In recent seasons he has also appeared with the Charlotte Symphony, Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He appears annually as a conductor of Walt Disney World's Candlelight Processional at EPCOT - a production featuring a full orchestra, 300-voice choir and celebrity narrators including Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Gary Sinese, Amy Grant, Chita Rivera and Trace Adkins.
Heralded as a sensitive accompanist and inspiring collaborator, Christopher Confessore has accompanied a distinguished list of world-class concert artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Lang Lang. As a Pops conductor, he has appeared with a diverse group of superstars, including Grammy Award winners Art Garfunkel, Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Marvin Hamlisch, LeAnn Rimes, the Indigo Girls, Chris Botti and Charlie Daniels and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel. Music columnist Mary Colurso of The Birmingham News remarked "Anyone who regards the symphony as stuffy and elitist hasn't been to a SuperPops show when Confessore's in charge. He exudes nice-guy appeal on stage, along with real warmth, a sense of humor and smarts to spare."