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

Intermission

Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 7
CONDUCTOR & GUEST ARTIST
Robert Moody, Opus 3 Artist conductor
Maxim Lando piano
INFORMATION
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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Featured Artist

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

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.

Highlights of 2017 include a performance of Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto with Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall of Saint Petersburg, a duo concert with violinist Julian Rachlin on the Stars and Rising Stars series in Munich, and “subbing” for Lang Lang at an All Star Celebration event at Langham Place in New York City. In early 2018, Maxim will make his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, performing together with Arie Vardi. Recent performances include solo and chamber music concerts at notable venues such as the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing,the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Germany, the Musical Olympus Festival Concert at Carnegie Hall, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in NYC, the Dinard International Music Festival in France, the Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Chicago Millennium Park, and Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Maxim has also performed in Moscow at the Bolshoi Theater, International House of Music, Tchaikovsky 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 on CNN’s Best of Quest, NPR’s From The Top, Bavarian Radio Klassik’s On Stage, Russian TV-Kultura, CNC News, as well as television talk shows in Italy, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. He has performed on numerous occasions 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 noted pianist Ilana Vered).

Maxim is a Golden Medal winner of the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition, and received the 2016 Audience Prizeat Carnegie Hallfrom the prestigious Musical Olympus Foundation.In 2015, he was the first American ever awarded the Gold Prize at the International Television Contest for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia. Maxim was also awarded Second Prize at the 2015 Kissinger Klavier Olymp in Germany, and in 2014 he won the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Schumann Piano Concerto at Lincoln Center. He has appeared as soloist with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Wind Orchestra, Kazakh State Philharmonic, Lerman Chamber Orchestra of Russia, Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante, Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra, and Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, among others.

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 at Juilliard Pre-College.

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