2012-13 Press Room

Thank you for helping us spread the word about our 2013-2014 season events. Below you will find brief event descriptions as well as links to high-resolution images and artist/ensemble websites.

Please contact DeEtta Bohling at 816-415-7883 or Tim Ackerman at 816-415-5923 if you need additional information or images.

Deborah Voigt, soprano in recital
8 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2013
Folly Theater
Great Masters: The Ingram Events

Widely acknowledged as the preeminent dramatic soprano today, Deborah Voigt has made her mark on both the operatic and concert stages in a remarkably varied repertoire. Critics have lauded the American star for her "lyricism, beauty of tone and dramatic acuity" as well as her "impressive aura and voice." Voigt has garnered enthusiastic acclaim from critics and the world's opera audiences as one of today's leading exponents of operas by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, and others.


 
Voigt
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Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Voigt Voigt  

Bach's Own Choir: Thomanerchor Leipzig with Leipzig Baroque Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2013
Folly Theater
Great Masters: The Ingram Events

Thomanerchor (the St. Thomas Boys Choir) was established 800 years ago in Leipzig, Germany, and led by Johann Sebastian Bach from 1723 until his death in 1750. The famed choir will be joined by the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra for works by Bach (of course) Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Reger.

Established in 1212, Bach led the choir for 27 years and together they premiered countless works of his. The St. Thomas Boys Choir continues as a major institution in Germany with its own school just a stone's throw from the St. Thomas church.


 
Thomanerchor
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More information:
http://newworldclassics.com/thomanerchor.htm
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Thomanerchor Thomanerchor  

Sirena Huang, violinist in recital
3 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013
Folly Theater
Free Discovery Concert

Violinist Sirena Huang is the first prize gold medalist of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians held in Korea in 2009. More recently, she was the first prize winner and recipient of the audience award of the 2011 Cooper International Competition, as well as the Hahnloser prize winner for violin at the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. She was named the first artist-in-residence of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for 2011-14.

The 19-year-old violinist has begun her second year at The Juilliard School, after completing her first year with a triumphant performance at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan of Bartok’s Concerto No. 2.


 
Sirena Huang
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Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Sirena Huang Sirena Huang  

Canadian Brass Holiday Concert
with organist Douglas Reed

7 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2013
Helzberg Hall
Special Engagement

Five tremendous brass musicians, each a virtuoso in his own right, form the legendary Canadian Brass. With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of "the world's most famous brass group." The Washington Post has written that "These are the men who put brass music on the map: with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor, they brighten the rosters of concert halls, international festivals and orchestra series throughout the world."

Organist Douglas Reed will join the brass quintet's holiday program to play the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ.


 
Canadian Brass
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More information:
http://imgartists.com/artist/canadianbrass
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Canadian Brass Canadian Brass Canadian Brass    

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
led by Pinchas Zukerman, violin soloist

7 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014
Helzberg Hall
Great Music and Dance

Formed in 1946 by flamboyant maestro Sir Thomas Beecham, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has enjoyed more than 65 years of success, giving first-class performances of a wide range of musical repertoire all over the world with artists of the highest caliber.

Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion, and he is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician.


 
Pinchas Zukerman
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More information:
http://www.cami.com/?webid=413


The Sleeping Beauty performed by Moscow Festival Ballet
7:30 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2014
Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Great Music and Dance

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

The company returns to perform the beloved story ballet The Sleeping Beauty, danced to Tchaikovsky's lush score and Petipa's masterful choreography.


 
Moscow Festival Ballet
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Gil Shaham, violinist in recital
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Folly Theater
Great Masters: The Ingram Events

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time, combining flawless technique with inimitable warmth and a generosity of spirit. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and he regularly gives recital and ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.



 
Gil Shaham
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More information:
http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/gil-shaham
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Gil Shaham  

Bahia Orchestra Project
with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pianist

7 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Helzberg Hall
Great Music and Dance

The Bahia Orchestra Project is a pioneer initiative in Brazil modeled on the Venezuelan "El Sistema." It was founded in 2007 by the Brazilian pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro, who remains its artistic and general director. Supported by the government of Bahia, this orchestra is part of the long-term educational program NEOJIBA (Núcleos Estaduais de Orquestras Juvenis e Infantis da Bahia). Over the last couple of years, it has been gaining acclaim in Europe for its engaging performances that consistently bring sold-out audiences in London, Berlin, and Geneva to their feet. "This orchestra is at the very tip of the powerful movement to inspire young kids through music and give them a future," reported Radio Berlin Brandenburg.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, "one of the best pianists of our time" (New York Sun), has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities with dazzling technical prowess. His talent at coaxing subtle and surprising colors and textures from even old favorites has led the New York Times to exclaim "…every note he fashions is a pearl…the joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed."


 
Bahia Orchestra
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More information:
http://www.cami.com/?webid=2271
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Bahia Orchestra  

Nicola Benedetti, violinist in recital
8 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014
Folly Theater
Great Masters: The Ingram Events

Violinist Nicola Benedetti has captivated audiences and critics with her musicality and poise. Hilary Finch wrote in The Times (U.K.), "it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player." This sums up Nicola's ability to communicate and enthrall audiences with dynamic and energy-filled performances.


 
Benedetti
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More information:
http://imgartists.com/artist/nicola_benedetti
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Benedetti Benedetti  

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel
8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014
Helzberg Hall
Great Music and Dance

The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The Orchestra, which is the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. World-acclaimed Maestro Noam Sheriff, one of Israel's most versatile musicians, is music director.


 
Haifa Symphony Orchestra
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More information:
http://www.cami.com/?webid=2193

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cellist in recital
7 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014
Folly Theater
Free Discovery Concert

Print-at-home tickets will become available two months ahead of this Discovery Concert. (Limit: four tickets per household.)

Narek Hakhnazaryan was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist. Already hailed a "seasoned phenom" by the Washington Post, and praised for his "intense focus and expressive artistry" by the New York Times, Hakhnazaryan is emerging as one of the most significant young artists on the world stage.

The intent behind the Harriman-Jewell Series Discovery Concerts is to introduce excellence and artistry to new audiences by eliminating the barrier of cost. The free events begin at 7 p.m. to better accommodate the schedules of families with children. Please tell friends about this free concert.


 
Hakhnazaryan
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More information:
http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/narek-hakhnazaryan
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Hakhnazaryan Hakhnazaryan    

Ben Heppner, tenor in recital
8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014
Folly Theater
Great Masters: The Ingram Events

Ben Heppner is renowned worldwide for his portrayals in the dramatic tenor repertoire. His illustrious career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world. He is acclaimed for the beauty of his voice, incisive musicianship, and his generosity with his audience. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues, and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire. Heppner sang his American recital debut for the Harriman-Jewell Series in 1997.

 
Heppner
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More information:
http://www.cami.com/?webid=218

Yevgeny Sudbin, pianist in recital
8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014
Folly Theater
Great Masters: The Ingram Events

Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph (U.K.) as "potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century." In the midst of a seven-year and 14-album collaboration with BIS Records, his recordings have met with overwhelming critical acclaim. The International Record Review stated that Sudbin's Rachmaninoff recording "confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time." Sudbin has performed in many of the world's finest venues, both in recital and with orchestras. His performance of Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 1 at the BBC Proms was described by the Daily Telegraph as "sublime."


 
Sudbin
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More information:
http://www.barrettvantage.com/artist.php?id=ysudbin
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Sudbin Sudbin  

Brian Stokes Mitchell sings
Simply Broadway

8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014
Helzberg Hall
Great Music and Dance

Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. Stokes and piano collaborator Tedd Firth will perform a live concert program framed by his recent CD release, Simply Broadway.

His Broadway career includes performances in "Man of La Mancha" (Tony nomination and Helen Hayes Award); "Kiss Me, Kate" (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); "Ragtime" (Tony nomination); August Wilson's "King Hedley II" (Tony nomination); "Kiss of the Spider Woman;" "Jelly's Last Jam;" David Merrick's "Oh, Kay!" and "Mail," which earned him a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.


 
Mitchell
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More information:
http://www.paradigmagency.com/

Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   Mitchell Mitchell  

Trey McIntyre Project, dance company
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014
Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Great Music and Dance

With its "fresh and forward-thinking choreography" (Washington Post) the Idaho-based ensemble that debuted in the summer of 2005 was an immediate sensation. "Trey McIntyre is doing something right," Dance Magazine's Wendy Perron explained. "Anchored in strong craft, his dances invite the audience to enjoy his mix of classical ballet, playful movement invention, and down-home humor." Trey McIntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. Born in Wichita, Kan., McIntyre studied at North Carolina School of the Arts and later with Houston Ballet Academy. He has created a canon of more than 80 works for dance companies in the United States and abroad.


 
McIntyre
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More information:
http://www.treymcintyre.com/home/
Click on a thumbnail image to download the high resolution version. Photo credits are included within the file names, if available.   McIntyre McIntyre    

George Li, pianist in recital
7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014
Folly Theater
Free Discovery Concert

Print-at-home tickets will become available two months ahead of this Discovery Concert. (Limit: four tickets per household.)

17-year-old Youth Concert Artists Winner, Chinese-American pianist George Li possesses brilliant virtuosity and interpretive depth far beyond his years. Highlights of his busy 2012–2013 season include appearances as soloist with the Edmonton and Stamford symphonies, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Boise Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Norrkoping Orchestra in Sweden, as well as recital performances at the Morgan Library & Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and the Mansion at Strathmore. In 2011, George Li performed for President Obama at the White House in an evening honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The intent behind the Harriman-Jewell Series Discovery Concerts is to introduce excellence and artistry to new audiences by eliminating the barrier of cost. The free events begin at 7 p.m. to better accommodate the schedules of families with children. Please tell friends about this free concert.


 
Li
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More information:
http://www.yca.org/roster/george-li/


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