The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Presents the Longy Conservatory Orchestra
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and The Longy School of Music present The Longy Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Julian Pellicano, on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For ticket information contact the Fisher Center box office at fishercenter.bard.edu or call
The program includes Alexander Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia” (1880); Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 (1888), and James Yannatos’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone (2011), with soloist Kenneth Radnofsky, alto saxophone. Yannatos—preeminent composer and conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra for over four decades—wrote the piece in 2011 for Radnofsky, a Longy faculty member.
Conductor Julian Pellicano is currently on the faculty of the Conservatory at the Longy School of Music where he serves as principal conductor of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and artistic director of large ensembles. Recently, he conducted performances of Pascal Dusapin’s chamber opera To Be Sung at the University of California, San Diego, collaborating with soprano Susan Narucki and the Kallisti Ensemble. In addition, Mr. Pellicano was invited by conductor Ludovic Morlot to be a finalist for the assistant conductor position at the Seattle Symphony. He was a recipient of the 2008 Presser Music Award, was one of 13 conductors selected by Kurt Masur to participate in the 2009 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar in New York City, and was on fellowship from the Centre Acanthes in Paris studying with Peter Eötvös and Zsolt Nagy while conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Recognized for his work with living composers and transparent interpretations of contemporary works, Pellicano has premiered over 30 new works including the American premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Drei Geistliche Konzerte with trumpeter Joel Brennan and the world premiere of a new version of George Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique, which successfully married Antheil’s music with Fernand Léger’s notorious film. An artist in residence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Pellicano has been conductor of the Norfolk New Music Ensemble since 2008. He holds a BA in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Yale School of Music, where he studied conducting on fellowship with Shinik Hahm.
Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras and ensembles throughout the world, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and New York Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Kurt Masur, Dresden Staatskapelle, Boston Pops, Taipei and Taiwan Symphonies, New World Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Marlboro Festival, Portland String Quartet, Moscow Autumn, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) with Gil Rose. Radnofsky made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Concerto with the National Orchestral Association. Radnofsky also appeared in the world premiere of the Schuller, with the Pittsburgh Symphony, with both highly acclaimed performances conducted by the composer. David Amram’s Concerto, “Ode to Lord Buckley,” is also dedicated to Radnofsky, who premiered the work with the Portland Symphony, under Bruce Hangen’s direction. He has also performed on numerous occasions for the Boston Symphony over the last 30 years. Other composers commissioned by Radnofsky have included Michael Gandolfi, Baris Perker, Larry Bell, Donald Martino, Milton Babbitt, Ezra Sims, Roger Bourland, Michael Horvit, John McDonald, and an innovative commission by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Harbison for a sonata, premiered December 3, 1995, by 43 saxophonists in different locations around the globe in an effort founded/organized by Radnofsky, entitled World-Wide Concurrent Premieres, Inc. (WWCP). Radnofsky and BMOP also gave the world premiere of Betty Olivero’s saxophone concerto “Kri’ot,” commissioned by Harvard University Judaica Division in honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary. Solo CD releases include Debussy Rhapsody with the New York Philharmonic (Teldec 13133), Radnofsky. Com (Boston Records 1043), Fascinatin Rhythms (Boston Records 1044), Donald Martino’s Concerto (New World 80529-2), Michael Colgrass’s Dream Dancer, (Mode 125), and Elliott Schwartz’s Mehitabel’s Serenade on Albany-Troy 646. In 1991 he was featured soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, performing Franz Waxman’s “A Place in the Sun,” under John Mauceri’s direction (Philips 4321092).
The Longy Conservatory Orchestra (LCO) is the primary ensemble for orchestral training and repertoire at The Longy School of Music. The LCO presents six concerts per season, exploring a wide range of repertoire encompassing baroque and contemporary music in addition to the classical and romantic orchestral canon. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Longy School of Music of Bard College is a degree-granting Conservatory that also offers Community Programs for children and adults. For more information go to www.longy.edu.
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