Theofanidis (1967)
Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Piano Concerto No. 2


Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 7
Robert Moody, Opus 3 Artist conductor
Maxim Lando piano
Electrifying Discoveries
Wednesday, January 17
, 2018
8:00 PM
Benjamin Hall at the Benjamin Upper School
Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes
Doors Open
30 minutes prior to performance

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Robert Moody, Opus 3 Artist
Guest Conductor

Robert Moody begins his tenure as Principal Conductor of the Memphis Symphony with the 2016-17 season. He has been Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina) since 2005, Artistic Director of Arizona Musicfest since 2007, and Music Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) since 2008.

Moody’s 2015-16 season included debuts with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Columbus Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Memphis and Pacific Symphonies, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Recent guest conducting appearances include the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, in addition to the symphonies of Toronto, Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Buffalo, Louisville, and, in Europe, the Slovenian Philharmonic. Summer festival appearances include Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Festival, Eastern Music Festival, PortOpera, and the Oregon Bach Festival.

Equally at home in the opera pit, Moody began his career as apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera in Linz, Austria. He has gone on to conduct at the opera companies of Santa Fe, Rochester, Hilton Head Opera, and North Carolina Opera. He also assisted on a production of Verdi Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev, and at The English National Opera, where he was Assistant Conductor for Kurt Weill Street Scene. He made his Washington National Opera and North Carolina Opera debuts in 2014, and he conducts Bartok Bluebeard’s Castle, Leoncavallo I Pagliacci, and Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites during 2016-2017.

Moody served as Associate, then Resident Conductor, of The Phoenix Symphony (AZ) from 1998 through 2006. There he conducted a wide variety of concerts, including Classics, Chamber, Pops, Family, Handel’s Messiah, and the New Year’s Eve gala. His ability to speak with ease from the podium helped new converts to classical music and enthusiasts alike to gain a greater appreciation for orchestral music. Audiences at his concerts grew considerably during his time in Phoenix. Moody also founded The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, and for seven years was Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Prior to Phoenix, Moody served as Associate Conductor for the Evansville (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director (and founder) of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Moody conducted the first professional performance of a work by the brilliant young composer Mason Bates, now Composer-in-Residence with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was instrumental in the commissioning and premiere performances of several of Bates’ important major works for orchestra.

Moody’s work can be heard on several commercially released compact disc recordings. He collaborated with the Canadian Brass for their Bach and Legends CDs; he is also the conductor for the CD Fourth World, highlighting the music of Native American recording artist R. Carlos Nakai (available on the Canyon Record label); and in 2010, the Winston-Salem Symphony released their performance (live from 2009) of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. A DVD of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Arizona Musicfest was released in 2012. Recently, he was honored to conduct on the “Cancer Blows” concert with Ryan Anthony, members of the Dallas Symphony, and a host of trumpet luminaries, to aid the fight against Multiple Myloma. CD and DVD recordings of that live concert, held in Dallas, TX in March 2015, are now available for purchase.

Maxim Lando
Guest Artist

American pianist Maxim Lando has been described by Berkshire Fine Arts as having an “ever so clear approach to the keyboard, and the molding and shaping of phrases straight from the musical angels”. Maxim’s concerts and collaborations have recently brought him to the international stage, with invitations to perform spanning from across the globe.

In 2017 at the age of fourteen, Maxim performed Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in Saint Petersburg. The concert was featured and received rave commentary on the popular Russian TV Kultura program Tzar’s Box. Maxim also had the great honor to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala Concert together with Lang Lang, Chick Corea, and the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in an unprecedented three-pianist rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. ZealNYC described the concert as “A ‘Rhapsody’ for the ages,” noting “the three highly individual artists achieved an astounding musical synergy.” Other highlights of the year include debut performances with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; a concert with Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev, televised nationally on TV Kultura in Moscow; a collaboration with violinist Julian Rachlin on the Stars and Rising Stars series in Munich; and a performance at the historic Grand Opening of Steinway and Sons in Beijing. Maxim has also performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazakh State Philharmonic, and will make debuts with Toronto Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra later in the season.

Maxim’s recent solo and chamber music concerts include notable venues and festivals such as the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Kissinger Sommer in Germany, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Dinard International Music Festival in France, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park. A frequent guest artist in Russia, Maxim has performed at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Bolshoi Theater, VDNH Green Theater, Moscow International House of Music, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, and the Moscow State Gallery of A. Shilov.

Dedicated to making classical music accessible to his own generation, Maxim has been featured performing and talking about music on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s From The Top, BR Klassik’s On Stage, Russian TV-Kultura, BBC Radio 4, WQXR, CNC News, as well as television talk shows in Italy, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. He has performed on numerous occasions together with Lang Lang, and performed a concert on one-day’s-notice with violinist Alissa Margulis at Music Fest Perugia in Italy (filling in for pianist Ilana Vered). A huge fan of Sing For Hope’s mission, Maxim was honored to serve as a last minute replacement for superstar Lea Salonga at the 2017 Sing For Hope Gala.

Maxim is a Gold Medal winner of the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition, and received the 2016 Audience Prize at Carnegie Hall from the prestigious Musical Olympus Foundation. In 2015, he was the first American ever awarded the Gold Prize at the International Television Contest “Nutcracker” for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia. He received Second Prize at the 2015 Kissinger Klavier Olymp in Germany, and in 2014 won the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition.

Maxim is an Artemisia Akademie Fellow at Yale University, an alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at Juilliard Pre-College.

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