Opening Concert

Concert Information

December 12, 1965

Opening Concert

David Epstein, conductor
Leonard Slatkin, assistant conductor-pianist
Toby Saks, cellist

Bloch: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra with Piano Obbligato
Ives: Symphony No. 3 "The Camp Meeting"
Dvorak: Concerto for Violincello and Orchestra in B Minor, Op. 104
Ginastera: Overture to The Creole Faust

Guest Artist

Toby Saks

Toby Saks is the founder and Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society since its inception in 1982. Professor of cello at the University of Washington since 1976, she is a frequent adjudicator at regional and national competitions. Saks has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the former U.S.S.R., and Israel. Her chamber music credits include Boston Chamber Music Society and the festivals of Sitka, Vancouver, Cascade Head, Bargemusic, St. Cére, New Mexico, Amsterdam, Juneau, Marlboro, Stratford, Spoleto, and Anchorage. In 1988 she led musicians of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival on a two-week tour of the Soviet Union.

Saks was first prizewinner at the International Pablo Casals Competition in Israel and a top prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. A recipient of Fulbright and Rockefeller grants, she studied with Leonard Rose at Juilliard and with Andre Navarra at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris. She made her Town Hall debut at age 18, after winning the New York Young Concert Artists auditions, and was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 1971-76.