Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel to Perform at Lehman Center, 2/6
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will present THE HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF ISRAEL in its Bronx debut on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 8pm. Joining Maestro BOGUSLAW DAWIDOW for this incredible evening of Tchaikovsky, Weber and Beethoven will be Pianist ROMAN RABINOVICH and Violist AVSHALOM SARID.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for THE HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF ISRAEL on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 8pm are $75 (including prime seats and pre-concert reception), $35, $30, and $25 | Children 12 and under: $10 for any seat, and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low cost on-site parking available for $5.
THE HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF ISRAEL was founded in 1950 and is the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel. Known throughout the country for its support of Israeli composers, soloists and conductors, the orchestra has received the Prime Minister's Award for being the leading performer of original Israeli compositions. This tour marks the first time the Haifa Symphony has performed in the United States. The program at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will include Carl Maria von Weber's grand "Overture to the Opera Euryanthe", Tchaikovsky's towering masterpiece of Russian Romanticism "Piano Concerto No. 1" and Beethoven's powerful "Symphony No. 7".
BOGUSLAW DAWIDOW, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor, is internationally renowned for his musical knowledge, immense enthusiasm and extraordinarily charismatic stage presence. Born in Poland in 1953, he studied conducting in Warsaw, Krakow, Vienna and in Italy. In the 1980s Dawidow founded Krakow's Chopin Chamber Orchestra and was the resident conductor of the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra from 1991 to 1995, touring and recording. From 1994 to 2002 he served as the Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of the Russian National Academic Symphony Orchestra. The Maestro was then appointed as the General and Music Director of Poland's Opole Philharmonic from 1999 through 2012, where he was deeply involved in shaping the orchestra's artistic vision and international statue, touring extensively throughout Europe, China, South America and in 2011in the USA. Maestro Dawidow is also currently the Principle Guest Conductor of the Bogota Symphony Orchestra.
ROMAN RABINOVICH was born in 1985 in Uzbekistan and began his piano studies when he was six. In 1994 his family immigrated to Israel and he made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta a year later at the tender age of 10. Praised by critics for his "vivacity and virtuosity" and for his "impeccable clarity of execution," Rabinovich studied at the Rubin Academy of Music (Tel Aviv), Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music and earned his Master's degree at Julliard. A Steinway & Sons artist, he won the top prize at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and has performed as a soloist with most of the Israeli orchestras, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Delaware Symphony, among others. The evening's concert will feature Rabinovich in the Tchaikovsky "Piano Concerto No. 1"¯a composition so popular that it was the first classical recording to sell more than one million copies (Van Cliburn, 1958).
AVSHALOM SARID is an accomplished violist and musical producer who was born in Kidron, Israel. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Tel Aviv Academy of Music and his Master's from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he now teaches. At the recommendation of Zubin Mehta, Avshalom was a principle player with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence, Italy and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 through 1991. In 1992 Sarid joined the Israel Chamber Orchestra as soloist/first violist and musical director and in 1998 he created the chamber musical group Vivace which performs around the world. From 2000 to 2007, he also served as the musical director and producer of the popular Classicameri Festival in Eliat, Israel. In 2007, he became the first violist and musical producer of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, joined the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and the Ra'anana Symphony Orchestra in 2011 as well as being the visiting first violist with the Orchestra of Valencia and the International Orchestra of Verona. In 2012, Sarid returned to performing with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra.
Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2013-2014 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, Con Edison and through corporations, foundations and private donations.