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Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony • Nashua

  • Keefe Center for the Arts 117 Elm Street Nashua, NH, 03060 United States (map)

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony 

SAT, NOV 3 • 8PM
Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua

 Enrico Lopez-Yañez

Enrico Lopez-Yañez


Enrico Lopez-Yañez, guest conductor

Geneva Lewis, violin
Zhanbo Zheng, viola

Sinfonia Concertante
Symphony No. 4, Italian



Saturday, November 3rd at 8 pm

Keefe Center for the Arts
117 Elm Street, Nashua
(Parking and Directions)



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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. Enrico is one of Symphony NH's Music Director Search finalists. 

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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.


Geneva Lewis, violin

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, 20-year-old Geneva Lewis has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a member of many prize-winning ensembles. Geneva is entering her third year of studies at the New England Conservatory, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. 

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Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, 20 year old Geneva Lewis has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a member of many prize winning ensembles, including the Chimera Quartet and the Incendium Quartet. She is also a current member of the Ravos Quartet, which was selected as a New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble 2016/17, as well as a current member of the Callisto Trio, which was the re-cipient of the Bronze Medal in the senior division at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Com-petition, as the youngest group to ever compete in the finals. Most recently, the Callisto Trio was invited to participate in the 2018/19 season of the International Holland Music Sessions Masters on Tour series, during which they will perform in such locations as the Philharmonic Bratislava and the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Geneva is entering her third year of studies at the New England Conservatory, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, where she is a student of Miriam Fried. She has been the recipient of a number of solo and chamber music awards, including first prizes at YoungArts, the Music Center Spotlight Awards, ENKOR, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul’s String Quartet Competition, and the M-Prize, among others. As a soloist, she has per-formed with the Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Pops, Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony, Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra, Brentwood Westwood Symphony Orches-tra, and Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Geneva has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed artists, including Atar Arad, Colin Carr, Glenn Dicterow, Michael Kannen, Ida Kavafian, Aimee Kreston, Max Levinson, Clancy Newman, and the Borromeo String Quartet. She has been se-lected as a participant for a number of music festivals such as the Ravinia Steans Institute for Piano and Strings, the International Holland Music Sessions, the Taos School of Music, the Hei-fetz International Music Institute, IMS Prussia Cove, and Four Seasons Winter Workshop.


Zhanbo Zheng, viola

Chinese violist, Zhanbo Zheng, began playing viola at the age of 11. In 2014, he became the first Chinese violist who won the Primrose International Viola Competition. As a soloist he has performed with Orchestra's around the world. 

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Chinese violist Zhanbo Zheng started his musical education when he took his first violin lesson at the age of 5. At 11, attracted by the warm and beautiful sound of the viola, he decided to be a violist.

In 2010, he took the first place in the junior group of XII ‘VILLA DE LLANES’ International Viola and Cello Competition in Spain. In 2014, he became the first Chinese violist who won the Primrose International Viola Competition. He recently got the second prize and the Pablo Casals Prize for Best Performance of Solo Bach in 2017 Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

As a soloist, Zhanbo has performed with many orchestras, such as Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, China Broadcasting Performing Arts Orchestra, EOS Repertoire Orchestra, Four Season Chamber Orchestra of CCOM, etc. In 2014, sent by the Ministry of Culture, he was selected for an exchange activity between China and Germany, hosted by China Education Association for International Exchange. In 2013, he participated in the recording program of “My Concert Hall— The Classical Music Appreciation,” which was proposed by Li Lanqing, the former Premier of the State Council of China.

Zhanbo’s music festival experiences include Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Verbier Festival Academy, Caramoor Evnin Rising Stars, Cleveland ChamberFest, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Morningside Music Bridge, etc.

A graduate of the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Zhanbo is now pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in the New England Conservatory, where he continues his viola studies with Kim Kashkashian. He is also a member of the Ravos Quartet which was an Honor Ensembles 2016-17 in NEC.

Programs are subject to change. Tickets are nonrefundable. Group rates are available. Children age 5+ are welcome. Exchanges can be made up to 24 hours before the originally scheduled concert date. Please call for availability. Online ticket sales are available until 4 pm on the day of the concert. The box office at the concert venue opens one and a half hours before the concert.
*Free youth tickets available with purchase of an adult or senior ticket.

Earlier Event: October 28
The Music of John Williams • Concord
Later Event: December 8
An Irish Christmas • Nashua