Date - March 18, 2018
3:00 pm until 5:00 pm
The Palace Theatre
61 Atlantic Street
Stamford, Connecticut, 06901
The fourth concert in the New Maestro Series with the Stamford Symphony will feature Guest Maestro Paul Watkins, and will feature violinist Benjamin Beilman. The Stamford Symphony has generously offered two tickets to match our two tickets for each weekend (a $61 value per ticket) so the first four members to respond may enjoy this performance, free of charge – a Cultural Pursuit member benefit.
After the performance, members are invited to have dinner at a nearby restaurant, details will be added closer to the date.
Kindly RSVP to Laura by Saturday, March 17th.
Here is the date for the remaining performance:
Tchaikovsky & Saint-Saens – Guest Maestro: Rei Hotoda – Sunday, April 22, 3pm
From the website: stamfordsymphony.org
MARCH 18TH PROGRAM
Haydn Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Rhenish
MEET PAUL WATKINS
Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as concerto soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Born in 1970, he studied with William Pleeth, Melissa Phelps and Johannes Goritzki, and at the age of 20 was appointed Principal Cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. During his solo career he has collaborated with world renowned conductors including Paavo Berglund, Leonard Slatkin, Sakari Oramo, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Andris Nelsons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Sir Charles Mackerras. He performs regularly with all the major British orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia and City of Birmingham Symphony. He has made seven concerto appearances at the BBC Proms, most recently in a performance of the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Adès and recorded live by BBC Radio 3.
Meet Benjamin Beilman
Twenty-six year old American violinist Benjamin Beilman is recognized as one of the fastest rising stars of his generation, winning praise in both North America and Europe for his passionate performances and deep rich tone which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and The New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.” The Times also praised his “handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence [which] showed why he has come so far so fast.” Following his performance of the Sibelius Concerto at the Montreal Competition, the Strad described his performance of the slow movement as “pure poetry.”
ABOUT STAMFORD SYMPHONY
Originally formed in 1919, the Stamford Symphony thrived under the leadership of Clayton Hotchkiss, Music Director of the Stamford Public Schools, until after WWII, when many of its musicians returned to their homelands. The Stamford Symphony was reborn in 1967, and has since grown to become an integral part of the cultural life in Fairfield County. Skitch Henderson’s appointment as Music Director in 1974 marked the turning point when the Stamford Symphony became a fully professional organization. In 1980, Roger Nierenberg was named Music Director. He spent the next 24 years recruiting top musicians from the New York metro area and crafting a balanced ensemble of remarkable versatility. Maestro Nierenberg expanded the Orchestra Classics Series and created new music and education programs, developing the Stamford Symphony as a valuable classical music resource for Stamford and its surrounding communities.
Stamford Symphony is currently conducting a Music Director Search. Guest Maestros will join Stamford Symphony in the 2017-2018 Season. A new Music Director is to be announced for the 2018-2019 Season.
All photos courtesy of Stamford Symphony