Bravo! and Vilar present the Colorado Symphony Orchestra |

Bravo! and Vilar present the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Daily Staff Report

BEAVER CREEK – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Vilar Center for the Arts present the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek.

Principal Guest Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Peter Oundjian will lead the orchestra in an evening of classical favorites. Maestro Oundjian conducts a performance highlighting the talents of the principal musicians of the Colorado Symphony: CSO Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams in Schubert’s Konzertstuck for Violin, plus CSO flutist Pamela Endsley and harpist Courtney Hershey Bress in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp. Also on the program are Kreisler’s Liebeslied, Liebesfreud, Tambourin Chinois, Caprice Viennois and Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 2.Oundjian continues to make his mark as one of today’s most exciting faces on the conducting scene, said Bravo! organizers.

“His probing musicality, spirit of collaboration and engaging personality have earned him accolades and frequent re-engagements. Stunning performances and cheering audiences prompted appointments as artistic director of the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York and most recently, as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,”Liana Carlson said, Bravo! director of marketing and public relations. Canadian-born, Oundjian was educated in England as a student of Manoug Parikian. He attended London’s Royal College of Music where he won several awards and then completed his violin studies with Ivan Galamian, Itzhak Perlman and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. It was there that he first conducted for Herbert von Karajan in a series of master classes. He is currently a faculty member of the Yale School of Music.

Yumi Hwang-Williams, Colorado Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, began studying the violin at the age of 10, one year after emigrating from South Korea. By the age of 15, she had appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was accepted as a student of Jascha Brodsky at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. During the 1999-2000 season, Hwang-Williams made her solo debut with the Colorado Symphony with Marin Alsop conducting. She also made her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, marking the first time in its 105-year history that the principal second violinist was invited as a soloist. Hwang-Williams has also been concertmaster of the Cabrillo Music Festival since 1998. This performance is underwritten by Linda and John Galvin, Connie and Led Gardner, Marty Head, The Leprino Family Foundation, Leni and Peter May, Vicki and Doug Rippeto, The Smiley Family and Joan Whittenberg.Tickets are $48. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 845-TIXS (8497), or visit Colorado

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