This exciting series of six presentations by the Maestro of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Raffaele Ponti, will feature the music and composers for the scheduled 2018-2019 season. The Maestro will discuss and demonstrate features of those selections, with the help of each of the guest artists. This is Ponti’s sixth season as Music Director for the Symphony and it has flourished and grown under his leadership. His musicianship and dynamic personality have attracted guest artists from around the world, resulting in sold-out concerts. LLI was honored to host Maestro Ponti for his presentations in 2015-2016 and are proud to have him back in the program!
NOVEMBER 16, 2018 “Greatest Hits from Opera to Broadway” GUEST ARTISTS: Samuel Hall & Daniel Scofield Tenor Samuel Hall is a native of Columbus, OH, and now resides in Clearwater, FL. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His performances have been on stages around the country, singing lead roles in many beloved operas. Baritone Daniel Scofield is a native of Binghamton, NY, and has received much acclaim for his baritone repertoire across the U.S. since 2011. A familiar presence on Florida’s stages, he sang the title role in Gulf Shore Opera’s Rigoletto and is scheduled for Madama Butterfly with the St. Petersburg, FL, Opera in June of 2019.
DECEMBER 14, 2018 “Sounds of the Season” – Enjoy listening and learning about some of the best and most beloved holiday music, origins, lineage, composers and arrangers.
JANUARY 11, 2019 Wagner | Tannhauser Overture, WWV 70 Creston | Concerto Alto Saxophone, op. 26 GUEST ARTIST: Tim McAllister, Dvorak Symphony No. 6, op. 60, B112, D Major Saxophonist and educator Tim McAllister has a deep, broad academic and professional career and has performed over 200 new works by contemporary composers. He performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is the Soprano Chair of the world-renowned PRISM Saxophone Quartet.
JANUARY 25, 2019 Glinka | Ruslan and Lyudmila: Overture Bruch | Concerto, Violin, No.1, op.26, G minor GUEST ARTIST: Jeffrey Multer, Brahms | Symphony No. 4, op. 98 Violinist Jeffrey Multer, a native of upstate New York, made his Kennedy Center debut in 1993 and has performed with orchestras throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has continued his devotion to teaching throughout his international performance career.
FEBRUARY 8, 2019 Creston | A Rumor Beethoven | Concerto, Piano, No. 3, op. 37, C minor GUEST ARTIST: Fabio Bidini, Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 4 Pianist Fabio Bidini teaches at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and was a finalist at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He began his piano studies at age five and graduated magna cum laude from the Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He made his U.S. debut in 1993 with the Atlanta Symphony and has continued to appear on stages across the U.S. as well as in many prestigious festivals of Europe.
MARCH 8, 2019 Brahms | Tragische Ouverture, op.81 Respighi | Pini di Roma GUEST ARTIST: Julian Schwarz, Elgar | Concerto for Violoncello op. 85, e minor, Cellist Julian Schwarz was born in Seattle, WA, and became one of ten family members to attend the Julliard School where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He was only eleven years of age when he made his orchestral debut with the Seattle Symphony but has since performed throughout the world. He is also an Assistant Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.
A special value from the Charlotte Symphony has been added to these presentations – a free drawing for two tickets to the Sunday concert following each “Behind the Notes” session! All sessions will be held in the auditorium of the FSW Charlotte Campus, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and the public is invited to attend. Pre-registration can be made below or by mailing in a printable registration form. At-the-door registration will also be available and payment can be made by major credit card, check or cash.
“Behind the Notes” with Maestro Raffaele Ponti - November 16, 2018