Announcing Symphony NH's 2018-19 Season: Celebrating Mozart


"Symphony NH Presents" is a new series of concerts that combine exceptional performers with your symphony, above and beyond our regular subscription series concerts.

 “[Mark O’Connor is] one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music — any music — today.” 
— The Los Angeles Times


Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8 pm
Keefe Center for the Arts

Enrico Lopez-Yañez, guest conductor

MOZART Sinfonia Concertante
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, Italian

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm
Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3 pm
Concord City Auditorium, Concord

Ciarán Crilly, guest conductor

Ciarán Nagle, Irish tenor
Tara Novak, violin and vocals

with Ishna
Dan Myers, Uilleann pipes and Irish whistles
Bjorn Wennas, guitar
Brian O'Neil, Bodhrán and percussion

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8 pm
Keefe Center for the Arts

Roger Kalia, guest conductor
Max Levinson, piano 

FAURE Pavane
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

“The questioning, conviction, and feeling in [Levinson’s] playing invariably reminds us of the deep reasons why music is important to us, why we listen to it, why we care so much about it.”
— The Boston Globe

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8 pm
Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3 pm
Concord City Auditorium, Concord

Stefano Sarzani, guest conductor
Brant Taylor, cello

WEBER Overture to Euryanthe
ELGAR Cello Concerto
MOZART Symphony No. 40

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8 pm
Keefe Center for the Arts

Yuga Cohler, guest conductor
Gareth Johnson, violin

BARBER Adagio for Strings
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
MOZART Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter"

“[Gareth Johnson] possesses prodigious musical gifts - like Joshua Bell or Maxim Vengerov...he dominates the stage.”
— The New York Times



Scott Parkman, guest conductor

Recognized for his engaging style and genial rapport, conductor Scott Parkman has been praised by The Boston Globe as "charismatic and clearly gifted."

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Conductor Scott Parkman is a musician of wide-ranging interests, recognized for his engaging style and genial rapport.

Scott is the Founding Director of American Century Music (ACM), an organization dedicated to performing the works of American classical composers spanning the late 19th through the 20th centuries. Notable ACM performances have taken place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, St. Louis Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, and internationally in Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Accomplished in the standard orchestral repertoire as well, Scott has received critical acclaim for his musicianship and interpretive depth. The Boston Globe called him, "charismatic and clearly gifted," and of a performance of Bruckner's Fourth Symphony, The San Francisco Classical Voice wrote, “Guest Conductor Scott Parkman... allowed [the] performance to evolve with a surety that one associates with mature Brucknerians."

Previously Scott held conducting positions with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra. He has conducted professional and youth orchestras throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Australasia.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory. He studied Italian language and culture in Bologna, holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from Simmons College in Boston, and is a Certified Master Gardener in Massachusetts.


Thomas Heuser, guest conductor

Recognized for his stirring leadership and energetic presence, American Conductor Thomas Heuser has performed all the way from San Francisco to Munich.

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American conductor Thomas Heuser has been widely recognized for his stirring leadership and energetic presence both onstage and in the community.

Currently the Music Director of the Idaho Falls and San Juan Symphony Orchestras, Thomas lives in Durango, Colorado, with his wife, violinist Lauren Avery, and their son Theodore. Dr. Heuser was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Orchestral Conducting in Germany while serving as a Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. His Fulbright residency at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München included orchestral performances in Munich and Berlin and his European operatic debut with Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland in the medieval town of Weikersheim.

Moving from Munich to San Francisco, Thomas enjoyed three seasons as the Principal Guest Conductor of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, the Portsmouth (NH) Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and with orchestras in Canada, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Estonia.

The son of two molecular biologists at Washington University in St. Louis, Thomas began violin lessons at an early age and studied piano at the St. Louis Symphony Music School. He graduated  Phi Beta Kappa  from Vassar College and earned his Masters in Instrumental Conducting (MM) from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In 2013 he completed his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting (DMA) from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. His conducting mentors include Paavo Järvi, Larry Rachleff, Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, David Robertson, Bruno Weil, Mark Gibson, David Effron, Thomas Baldner, and John Poole.

Enrico Lopez-Yañez, guest conductor

Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yanez is hailed as an "immensely talented and versatile conductor... showcasing his creativity and warmth while quickly developing a strong chemistry with [the] orchestra" by the Tennessean.

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Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the Assistant Conductor of the Nashville Symphony. Lopez-Yañez moved to Nashville following two seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony where he led over 100 performances on their Family, Education, Community, and Symphony Rocks concert series. In the summer of 2016, Lopez-Yañez served as Assistant Conductor to Christoph Eschenbach and Valeri Gergiev for the National Youth Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall, New York state, and European tour performances.

Sharing an equal love for opera, Lopez-Yañez recently served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Berkshire Opera Festival where his work was met with rave reviews. He has led opera gala concerts in San Diego and Aguascalientes (Mexico), a production of Madama Butterfly with Main Street Opera in Chicago, and served as Assistant Conductor for Opera Omaha’s production of La Boheme.

While in graduate school, Lopez-Yañez served as Assistant Conductor to the Capital City Symphony and Music Director for the University of Maryland’s Repertoire Orchestra. Lopez-Yañez also attended the Castleton Music Festival where Lorin Maazel invited him as a Conducting Associate. His international appearances have included guest conducting with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Zacatecas (Mexico), the Orchestra Sinfónica de Aguascalientes (Mexico), the Prague Summer Nights Orchestra (Czech Republic) and at the 2011 Festival de Musica in Londrina, Brazil.

Lopez-Yañez’s principal teachers were Jim Ross and Thomas Wilkins, with additional studies and masterclasses from Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Ken Kiesler. He holds a Masters in Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland.  Before studying at Maryland, Lopez-Yañez received his Baccalaureate and Masters in Music from UCLA, where he studied trumpet with Jens Lindemann and graduated summa cum laude.


Roger Kalia, guest conductor

Hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Roger Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors.  A recipient of a 2013 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and the Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Hailed as a conductor who leads with "passionate intensity" and recognized as "one to watch," Roger Kalia is one of America's most exciting young conductors. A recipient of a 2013 and 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of Pacific Symphony and the Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. He began his tenure in 2015, and was recently awarded a two-year contract extension, becoming only the second assistant conductor in Pacific Symphony's history to receive this honor. Kalia also serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, the premier musical arts festival in the region. Previously, he served for two seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in a variety of performances and invigorated the orchestra’s engagement with the community. Kalia has also held Music Director positions with both the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra and Columbus (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the state and only its fourth music director. In June 2016, Kalia led the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on a highly successful tour of China, which marked the orchestra’s second international tour and its first to Asia.

In addition to his current positions, Kalia is in consistent demand as a guest conductor. In the 2017-2018 season, he makes his European subscription debut with the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland, and returns to conduct the Bakersfield Symphony. Further recent and upcoming engagements include the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall, Long Beach Symphony, Camarada Chamber Orchestra of San Diego, Great Falls Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, and Adrian Symphony, among others. He has collaborated with such artists as Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Nikki and Timothy Chooi, Randy Newman, the B-52s, Jack Black, Dan Dunn, Fei-Fei Dong, and Misha Dichter, and has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Kalia has worked in various capacities with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish National Symphony, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, among others. Kalia conducted the Memphis Symphony in 2011 after winning Second Prize in their International Conducting Competition, which led to his debut the following season and launched his professional career.

Described as the region's 21st century "cultural renaissance" by Art in the Adirondacks and as a festival that "has a limitless horizon" by the Glens Falls Chronicle, Kalia serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival, whose distinguished musicians come from many of North America's finest orchestras and conservatories. This past summer, the Glens Falls Chronicle hailed Kalia’s concert with the Festival Orchestra in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony as the “concert of the summer”. The review goes on to say, "the entire orchestra, under Roger Kalia, were all fantastic, clearly caught up in the moment and launching it and us into a musical bliss...It's hard to imagine any orchestra anywhere playing Beethoven's Seventh Symphony better than they played it that night." Through its unique and innovative artistic collaborations and outreach, the festival was recently voted the Best Annual Event by the City of Lake George and featured in Time Out New York Magazine and Saratoga Living. In the summer of 2016, Kalia created a new and innovative concert series called Sounds of Our Time, which highlights the connections between the popular music of our time and orchestral music. Over the past two seasons the concert series has focused on electronic music, specifically electronic dance music (EDM), by having the Festival Orchestra collaborate with Billboard artists like MAKO and Balún in concerts that combine electronica with symphonic music, one of the first collaborations of its kind. These collaborations have gained national publicity by being featured in the League of American Orchestras The Hub, Broadway World, EDMjoy, the Albany Times Union, and Saratoga Living. The Festival Orchestra has been featured on a variety of radio programs including National Public Radio’s (NPR) Performance Today with Fred Child and WQXR-NY.

Kalia started his career as Music Director of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles (2012-2015), following in the footsteps of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and Andre Previn. Kalia led the orchestra in a variety of repertoire from Mozart through music by acclaimed video game and film composers. Highlights of his tenure included four world premieres, collaborations with violinist Glenn Dicterow and pianist Misha Dichter at UCLA’s Royce Hall, a production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with actors Jack Black and Michael Lerner at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Into Darkness at the orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Gala Concert, and a collaboration with the Angel City Chorale of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary. In addition, Kalia led the Debut Orchestra in the orchestra’s first-ever performance at the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral (the largest church in Los Angeles) in December 2012 for the Virgin of Guadalupe Festival with more than 2,000 people in attendance as well as being live-streamed worldwide.

In addition to being a two-time recipient (2017 and 2013) of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia also held fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta as part of their Project Inclusion program, and the 2010 American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Robert Spano. He was also an active participant at the 2011 Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, chosen by Marin Alsop. That same year David Zinman invited him to conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in his international conducting masterclass at the Zurich Festspiele. In 2013 Kalia worked with Kurt Masur at his annual Conducting Seminar at the Manhattan School of Music. Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with the Colburn School and Cal State Fullerton, and he recently conducted the 2018 Missouri All-State Symphony Orchestra.

Kalia has commissioned and programmed more than 100 works by some of America’s brightest and innovative composers including Mason Bates, David Lang, Chris Rogerson, Harry Stafylakis, Michael Daugherty, Paul Dooley, and Paul Chihara, among others. With the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Kalia has expanded the orchestra’s programming by including a number of contemporary works. He led the world premiere of Narong Prangcharoen’s Lighter than Air, which was a featured work on the orchestra’s 2017 China Tour, and he will also conduct the world premiere of Brendan Faegre’s Analog Intelligence and Austin Wintory’s Journey Suite (the first-ever Grammy nominated video game score) during the upcoming season. This past summer, Kalia led Sheridan Seyfried's Concerto For Two Violins and Orchestra to rave reviews with the Lake George Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and soloists Nikki and Timmy Chooi, which was the orchestra's first-ever commissioned work. The work was recently broadcasted on NPR’s Performance Today with Fred Child.

A native of New York, Kalia received his Doctorate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor and Assistant Conductor of the IU Opera Theater and New Music Ensemble. He also holds degrees from the University of Houston and SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. His primary mentors include David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Franz Anton Krager.


Stefano Sarzani, guest conductor

From Boise Philharmonic, to Atlanta Opera, to Filarmonica Marchigiana in Italy, conductor Stefano Sarzani enjoys an international career leading orchestras and operas across the United States and Europe.

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Stefano Sarzani cultivates an international career in both North America and Europe. In the summer 2017 he will be back at Des Moines Metro Opera, conducting Piazzolla's masterpiece Maria de Buenos Aires and as associate conductor for Turandot. His recent engagements include conducting Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at the University of Memphis and symphonic concerts with Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy). Lately, he has also worked for Den Jyske Opera (Danish National Opera) and Opera National de Lorraine (France).

Mr. Sarzani is recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career assistance Award 2016 and he has collaborated with symphonic and operatic institutions such as Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Atlanta Opera, and Sarasota Opera. Equally versed in symphonic and operatic repertoires, he is also invested in cultivating interactions among music, multimedia, and other art forms: in Cincinnati his multi-art project (music-dance-poetry-visual art) on Das Lied von der Erde received great acclaim and was a big success.

Mr. Sarzani’s education observes the finest of both American and European traditions, represented by institutions including Indiana University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Monteux School, Conservatorio G. Rossini (Pesaro), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena), and Accademia Musicale Pescarese (Pescara). In addition, he holds a master’s degree in political science from University of Bologna.


Yuga Cohler, guest conductor

Internationally renowned orchestral conductor Yuga Cohler is a pioneer in the music field, praised for projects such as Yeethoven, an orchestral comparison of the works of Kanye West and Beethoven, and has recently conducted with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Debut Chamber Orchestra.

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28-year-old Yuga Cohler is an internationally renowned orchestral conductor. Winner of the Paolo Vero Orchestral Prize at the 2017 Arturo Toscanini International Conducting Competition, he was recently appointed music director of the Ridgefield Symphony (CT).

From 2015 - 2018, Mr. Cohler served as music director of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. There, he created Yeethoven, an orchestral comparison of the works of Kanye West and Beethoven. The project was hailed as a work of “musical genius,” received widespread attention from such media outlets as The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and The Huffington Post, and was subsequently presented to a sold-out audience at Lincoln Center.

Mr. Cohler enjoys a close relationship with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has appeared in concert on Japanese national television. He recently completed a sold-out international tour with them featuring the international rockstar Yoshiki, which concluded with two performances in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Cohler has additionally appeared as a guest conductor with the Juilliard, Ridgefield, and New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestras, and served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

As a recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, Mr. Cohler studied with New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert at the Juilliard School. Among the accolades granted to Mr. Cohler are the Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., the Ansbacher Fellowship from the American Austrian Foundation, the Charles Schiff Conducting Award from the Juilliard School, and the David McCord Prize for Artistic Excellence from Harvard University. He has been awarded fellowships to some of the most prestigious musical institutions in the country, including the Aspen Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and has additionally studied at the Tanglewood Music Center.

A skilled interpreter of modern music, Mr. Cohler was selected by composer John Adams to perform a program of modern American orchestral music at Carnegie Hall, where the New York Times lauded his “strong rendition” of Elliott Carter’s Double Concerto. Currently a Director of the Asia / America New Music Institute, Mr. Cohler has performed world premieres at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Asian Composer’s League in Seoul, the Okinawa University for the Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Mr. Cohler is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where he studied computer science. His senior thesis, Optimal Envy-Free Cake-Cutting, has been cited by over 50 articles in the academic literature. As an advocate for the integration of art music into mainstream culture, Mr. Cohler runs State of Art, a blog about American music without preconceptions of genre or quality.

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