Opening Concert

Concert Information

December 15, 1996

Opening Concert

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Eugenia Zukerman, flute

Bernstein: Overture to "Candide"
Theodore Shapiro: "Ophelia" for Flute and Orchestra (world premiere)
Mozart: Andante for Flute and Orchestra
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, "Organ"

Guest Artist

Eugenia Zukerman

Eugenia Zukerman is a true Renaissance woman. While maintaining an international concert calendar with more than thirty performances annually, her multi-faceted career also includes distinguished work as an arts administrator, author, educator, internet entrepreneur, and journalist. 

In demand from New York to China as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, Eugenia Zukerman has been praised by The New York Times for her performances — "Her musicianship is consummate, her taste immaculate and her stage presence a sheer pleasure." She has enjoyed musical collaborations with Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Shanghai String Quartet and fellow flutists Jean- Pierre Rampal and James Galway. This season, she made her heralded debut at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland, performing challenging chamber works by Hanns Eisler, Arnold Schönberg, Andreas Jakob Romberg and Behzad Ranjbaran.  She partnered with some of the world's finest musicians, including violinist Dimitry Sitkovetsky, violist Nobuko Imai, cellist Frans Helmerson, and pianist Elena Bashkirova, among others.  This season she will perform with the Manhattan Piano Trio in Pennsylvania, with the Symphony Space All-Stars in New York City in a festive concert of Brandenburg Concerti, and with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Lowell Liebermann's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Op.39 conducted by Rossen Milanov, Music Director and Conductor.

As a recitalist, Eugenia Zukerman has been lauded not only for her playing, but also for her adventurous programming. As The Sunday Telegram observed, "Few major instrumentalists offer anything comparable to the intelligence and breadth of programming that she brings to her concerts, and this one was no exception." The Capital Times concurred, "What made this concert so noteworthy was not only the unusual music that Zukerman played with world-class virtuosity and musicality, but also her presentation and stage presence."  For twenty years she performed a yearly three concert series of thematic programs at the New York Public Library with harpsichordist. Organist and pianist Anthony Newman. This season she will collaborate with Mr. Newman in a flute and organ performance in Amarillo, Texas, and in over twenty recitals nationwide with pianist Milana Strezeva. 

Eugenia Zukerman has performed as soloist with many of the world's finest orchestras. Her numerous guest appearances have included engagements with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic, and the Israel, Moscow, Prague and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. The breadth of her appearances in North America is remarkable - with more than eighty orchestras nationwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony in Washington DC, the Montreal and Vancouver  Symphonies and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.  Performances and a recording of Lowell Liebermann's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Op.39 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton (Delos) led to a rewarding connection between Eugenia Zukerman and the orchestra. Last summer, the relationship continued to flourish with her performance of Mozart's concerto for Flute and Harp (with Yolanda Kondonassis) in the opening concert of the Vail Valley Music Festival, conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden.

A creative and dynamic administrator, Eugenia Zukerman has been invited to curate Dallas Symphony's inaugural Dallas Arts Fest in 2014. The appointment follows thirteen distinguished years as Artistic Director of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.  During her tenure, the festival in Vail developed an international profile through the annual residencies of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony. Yo-Yo Ma, Lang-Lang, Yefim Bromfman and Jean-Yves Thibaudet were among the many internationally renowned artists who appeared during her directorship, further elevating the reputation of the Festival.  

Recognized with an Emmy nomination as an important broadcast journalist, Eugenia Zukerman interviewed and created more than three hundred portraits as an Arts Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning.  Her interview subjects included James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Leontyne Price, Marilyn Horne, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Hirshfeld, Julie Taymor, Dame Maggie Smith, David Hyde Pierce, Mikhail Barishnikov, Savion Glover, Peter Martins, Daniel Barenboim and Isaac Stern. For more than twenty-five years she introduced viewers to the most outstanding creators in fine art, music, dance and theater.  It is through her lens that a generation of viewers came to appreciate the arts. She has also been the invited guest on NBC's Today Show, CBS's Morning Show, the Charlie Rose Show and appeared in numerous specials on PBS. 

An innovator, she embraced the internet early on and founded ClassicalGenie, an internet company that provides video content to music schools, artist, managers, orchestras and other institutions for use on their websites.  The video material helps promote reputation, attendance, interest and fundraising.  Recent clients include the Manhattan School of Music's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration and The Harlem School of the Arts million dollar fundraising appeal.

She continued her role as an arts journalist this past summer, creating the first vlog (video blog) for the MusicalAmerica website.  Thousands of internet viewers tuned in to Eugenia Zukerman's Verbier Vlog as she introduced the world to the Verbier Festival from her inside perspective as a performer. Festival participants, from Founder and Executive Director Martin Engstroem to performers Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Julian Rachlin, David Garrett, as well as local merchants and audience-members, responded to Eugenia Zukeman's warm invitation to share their insight and experience on the Verbier Vlog.  She has the rare ability to make the foreign feel familiar.

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