12-03 Brevard Music Festival

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Brevard Music Festival delights audiences with the natural beauty of the Appalachians enhanced by the dulcet tones of classical music.

The festival has a long history, starting as early as 1946 when the Brevard Music Center’s founder decided to create a “well-balanced program of outdoor recreation and instruction in music and art.” What began as a small summer music camp has blossomed into fantastic summer music series which brings classical music’s players to North Carolina in the months of June through August.

Learn more here: http://www.brevardmusic.org/festival/performances/


Turina: Danzas Fantásticas, Op. 22 (Brevard Music Center Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor)

Copland: Appalachian Spring (Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, conductor)

Liszt: Les Preludes (Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Matthias Bamert, conductor)

Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major, (Peter Serkin, piano; Grant Llewellyn, conductor)

Mahler: Symphony No. 3: VI (Finale) (Keith Lockhart, conductor)

Listen to the whole show here: 

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WEB ONLY: Composer Robert Aldridge wrote his Quartet for an Outdoor Festival for Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival in 1989.  Of course the plazas of Lincoln Center are not exactly like the mountains of western North Carolina.  Here in Brevard, a quartet made up of saxophonistJoseph Lulloffviolinist Timothy Christie, cellist Alistair MacRae, and pianist Deloise Lima plays Aldridge’s Quartet for an Outdoor Festival– indoors — at Brevard College.  Aldridge has served as a composer in residence and coordinator of the composition program at the Brevard Music Center.

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Robert Aldridge: Quartet for an Outdoor Festival (Joseph Lulloff, saxophone; Timothy Christie, Violin; Alistair MacRae, cello; Deloise Lima, piano) [13:08]


Keith Lockhart

Keith Lockhart took on artistic leadership of the Brevard Music Center in October, 2007. Maestro Lockhart is an alumnus of the Brevard Music Center, having attended as a student in 1974 and 1975.

In August 2010, Keith Lockhart was appointed seventh Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and will lead the BBC CO through to its 60th year in 2012 and beyond. Meanwhile, across the pond, he celebrates his fifteenth anniversary season as Conductor of the Boston Pops and continues to serve as Music Director Emeritus of the Utah Symphony. Keith Lockhart has conducted the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Minnesota, Montreal, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Singapore, Toronto and Vancouver as well as the Los Angeles and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada), and the Philharmonics of New York and Los Angeles. Moreover, he has conducted the New York Chamber Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), and the Deutsche Symphony. Recent engagements include performances with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and debuts with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. During the 2010-2011 season Keith Lockhart led the BBC Concert Orchestra during its 15-city tour across America and made his Atlanta Opera debut.

Joseph Lulloff

Saxophonist Joseph Lulloff is Distinguished Professor of Saxophone Performance Studies at Michigan State University, and soprano saxophonist of the Capitol Quartet. Mr. Lulloff performs regularly with leading symphony orchestras throughout the United States and as soloist in many of the most prestigious concert venues in the Americas, Europe, and Asia and. Mr. Lulloff holds degrees from Michigan State University and can be heard on the, RCA, Albany, and Arabesque labels.

Timothy Christie

A native of Washington DC, violinist and violist Tim Christie began his musical studies at the age of nine, and went on to study with Andrew Jennings and Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan, where he earned undergraduate degrees in both English Literature and Violin Performance, and a MMus in Violin Performance. He is Founder and Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival.

Alistair MacRae

Cellist Alistair MacRae has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Mr. MacRae made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2001, and has since been featured in many of New Yorks’s major performance venues. Mr. MacRae earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Princeton University, where he currently serves on the cello faculty.

Deloise Lima

Pianist Deloise Chagas Lima holds degrees from the School of Music and Fine Arts of Parana, the Trinity College of Music, the Royal College of Music, University of Notre Dame, and Florida State University. A sought-after accompanist and chamber musician, she has performed extensively throughout Brazil with many recognized singers and instrumentalists. Ms. Lima is currently Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at Florida State University.

Matthias Bamert

Matthias Bamert’s distinguished career started at the Cleveland Orchestra where he was Resident Conductor alongside the then Music Director Lorin Maazel. Since then he has held Music Director positions with the Swiss Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Associate Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.

He has recently finished a highly successful period as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Music Director of the London Mozart Players for seven years, he has masterminded a hugely successful series of recordings of works by “Contemporaries of Mozart” which has already exceeded 50 symphonies. In 1999, the orchestra’s 50th anniversary year, he conducted them at the BBC Proms, in Vienna and at the Lucerne Festival and returned with them to Japan in January 2000.

He has worked frequently in the concert hall and studio with such orchestras as the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has appeared regularly at the London Proms, and often appears with orchestras outside London such as the BBC Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the UK he has regularly appeared with the great orchestras of the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo among many others.

Peter Serkin

Peter Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1958, at age eleven, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he was a student of Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Rudolf Serkin. He later continued his studies with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.

Mr. Serkin has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, Guarneri and Orion string quartets and TASHI, of which he was a founding member.

Peter Serkin’s recordings also reflect his distinctive musical vision. The Ocean that has no West and no East, released by Koch Records in 2000, features compositions by Webern, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Knussen, Lieberson and Wuorinen. That same year BMG released his recording of three Beethoven sonatas. Additional recordings include the Brahms violin sonatas with Pamela Frank, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with the Orion String Quartet, quintets by Henze and Brahms with the Guarneri String Quartet, the Bach double and triple concerti with Andras Schiff and Bruno Canino and Takemitsu’s Quotation of a Dream with Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta. His most recent recording is the complete works for solo piano by Arnold Schoenberg for Arcana.

Grant Llewellyn

To date, Grant Llewellyn has held positions with three European orchestras: principal conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and associate guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Notable recent European guest engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic and BBC Symphony. He has also conducted the Johannesburg (South Africa) Symphony Orchestra. Grant Llewellyn has also conducted many orchestras in North America, most notably the symphonies of Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Nashville, Houston, Montreal, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Kansas City and Toronto, as well as the Florida Orchestra. As music director of the Handel and Haydn Society, America’s leading period orchestra, Llewellyn gained a reputation as a formidable interpreter of music of the Baroque and Classical periods.

An accomplished opera conductor, Grant Llewellyn has appeared at the opera companies of English National Opera (The Magic Flute) and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where his repertoire has ranged from Handel’s Radamisto to Alexander Goehr’s Arianna. In 2001 he embarked on a collaboration with acclaimed Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Spoleto Festival, USA.He has also conducted the North Carolina Symphony in two critically acclaimed recordings for the Swedish label BIS: American Spectrum with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a 2010 release of concertos by Rachmaninoff and Medtner with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.

JoAnn Falletta

Ms. Falletta has been invited to guest conduct many of the world’s finest symphony orchestras. Highlights of her recent and upcoming international guest conducting appearances include the Haifa Symphony (Israel), Goettingen Symphony (Germany), Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile(Chile), Ulster Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Lithuania, Orquestra de Extremadura (Spain), Warsaw National Philharmonic, Kraków Philharmonic, Orchestra National de Belgique, Seoul Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Orchestra of Asturias (Spain), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National De Lyon, Northwest German Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Symphony. She has guest conducted over 100 orchestras in North America including the orchestras of Philadelphia, Detroit, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Toronto, New Jersey, Seattle, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Houston, Rochester, Utah, Edmonton, Quebec and the National Symphony.

Ms. Falletta is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards, including the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award for exceptionally gifted American conductors, the coveted Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter Awards for conducting, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra League’s prestigious John S. Edwards Award. Ms. Falletta serves as a Member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts.