Guest conductors and artists perform with the National Repertory Orchestra this week
Ryan Summerlin July 12, 2012
The National Repertory Orchestra’s summer schedule continues this week with two concerts led by visiting guest conductors.
On Saturday evening, guest conductor Douglas Boyd will lead the orchestra through Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major and Jean Sibelius’ popular symphony, Symphony No. 2 in D major. Boyd is an oboist and conductor visiting Summit County from London. The concert will also feature violin soloist Hugh Palmer for the performance of Violin Concerto in D major.
The orchestra will play another Beethoven piece, Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, on Wednesday evening, led by guest conductor Robert Moody. Maestro Moody has conducted many of the world’s greatest performing artists in concert, including Yo-Yo Ma. Throughout the past decade, Moody has established himself as one of America’s most engaging and sought-after conductors. Though Symphony No. 4 is the least played of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, it has been described as “bright, sunny and quietly engaging.”
The NRO will also play Serge Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Op. 25 and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “charming and melodic” Morceau de Concert at the Wednesday night concert.
For the performance of Morceau de Concert, the musicians will accompany guest harpist Emily Grange, who takes center stage on harp in this unique concerto. Granger is currently pursuing her master’s of music in orchestral studies at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, where she studies with the Chicago Symphony’s principal harpist, Sarah Bullen.
For ticket information and purchase, call the Riverwalk Center Box Office at (970) 547-3100. Tickets can also be purchased online at the National Repertory Orchestra’s website, www.nromusic.com.