Music Academy of the West Welcomes 2014 Concerto Night Soloists Tonight
Having bested the field at this year's Concerto Competition Finals, three accomplished instrumentalists will take featured turns as soloists with the Academy Festival Orchestra under the baton of New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein at the Granada Theatre tonight, July 19. Beginning at 8 pm, the concert will conclude with a performance of Tchaikovsky's soaring Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64. Tickets start at $15.
The 2014 Concerto Night soloists are violinist Danbi Um, horn player Trevor Nuckols, and pianist Micah McLaurin. Biographies appear below. All three musicians are attending the Music Academy of the West this summer.
In order, Mr. Nuckols will perform Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2, Ms. Um will perform the first movement of Walton's Violin Concerto in B Minor, and Mr. McLaurin will perform movements two and three of Chopin's Second Piano Concerto.
A total of 21 Music Academy Fellows took part in the 2014 Concerto Competition Finals on July 2 and 3. This year's distinguished panel of judges included Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Violist Carrie Dennis, New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill, concert pianist Andrew von Oeyen, and Emmanuel Villaume, music director of the Dallas Opera and chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic. The Music Academy Concerto Competition began this year with 55 Academy Fellows auditioning for the opportunity to compete in the finals.
Mr. Weilerstein, who attended the Music Academy in 2007 and 2008, became one of two New York Philharmonic assistant conductors in May 2011, shortly after completing his graduate studies in conducting and violin at the New England Conservatory. As unanimous winner of the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, he received conducting engagements with major Scandinavian orchestras, the first of which was the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in June 2009, marking his professional conducting debut. Since then, Mr. Weilerstein has conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Danish National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony, among others. In 2007 the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (SBYO) engaged Mr. Weilerstein as a violin soloist. Shortly after this appearance he was asked to join the first violin section for the orchestra's 2007 American tour with Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, becoming the ensemble's first non-Venezuelan guest member. Mr. Weilerstein, himself a former Academy Concerto Competition finalist (2008), is appearing as part of the Music Academy's new multiyear partnership with the New York Philharmonic.
The Granada is located at 1216 State Street in Santa Barbara. Concerto Night is generously supported by Robert W. Weinman.
The Music Academy's 67th season also will include a new production of Georges Bizet's popular opera Carmen as well as the Academy debut of New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert's 2014 residency will include conducting members of the Academy Festival Orchestra at the Lobero Theatre on July 26. Additional season highlights will include performances by cellist Joshua Roman and pianist Stephen Hough, as well as conducting turns by Thomas Adès and James Gaffigan. Featuring the Academy's exceptionally talented Fellows, together with illustrious guest performers and faculty, the events will be presented in venues throughout Santa Barbara.