Season Opening Concert

Concert Information

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
November 22, 2015
2 PM

Ticket Info

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Season Opening Concert

The 53rd season opens with classic folklore, including the mischievous Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Ravel’s enchanting Mother Goose Suite. The Roy and Shirley Durst Debut Artist Gabriel Cabezas performs the world premiere of Lost Coast. Gershwin’s An American in Paris - a lively musical depiction of noisy streets and French cafes – closes the program.

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Gabriella Smith: Lost Coast (world premiere)
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Gershwin: An American in Paris

Joshua Gersen, music director

Gabriel Cabezas, cello


Guest Artist

Gabriel Cabezas

“An intense player who connects to music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello” (The Oregonian), Gabriel Cabezas is one of America’s most sought after young musicians. Combining a superb technique, intellectual curiosity and a pioneering musical spirit, Cabezas is at home in front of an orchestra, performing with a singer-songwriter or sharing the stage with a dance troupe. What drives him is the delight of artistic collaboration, the need for genuine communication with audiences and the search for new musical experiences.

Cabezas has appeared as soloist with America’s finest orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh and Nashville. In 2014/15 he performs Tchaikovsky’s virtuoso “Rococo” Variations with the Amarillo Symphony (Texas), and Shostakovich’s blistering Cello Concerto No.1 with the Decatur Symphony (Illinois). 

Cabezas studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Carter Brey, and is a recipient of the Career Grant by the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation. He is a winner of the 2014 Astral Artists National Auditions, and joins this presenting and promotional organization’s roster of America’s finest young soloists and chamber musicians. A committed advocate for community engagement and education programs across the country, he is involved with Midori’s Partners in Performance, the Sphinx Organization and Chicago’s Citizen Musician movement. Cabezas was the first place Laureate at the Sphinx competition twice — in the Junior Division (2006); and in the Senior Division (2012).



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