Kalia Conducts Mendelssohn & Dvořák
SUN, MARCH 8 • 3:00 PM
Concord City Auditorium, Concord
Roger Kalia, conductor
Rubén Rengel, violin
LIGETI Concert Romanesc
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto, E Minor, feat. Rubén Rengel
DVORAK Symphony #8, G Major
Rubén Rongel, violin
Venezuelan violinist Rubén, 22, was the winner of the 2018 Annual Sphinx Competition. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at teh Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, under the remarkable guidance of Paul Kantor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of world-renowned violinist Jaime Laredo.
As a soloist, he has appeared with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, the CIM Orchestra, Virtuosi de Caracas, Filarmonía Caracas, and Arcos Juveniles de Caracas, working with conductors such as Theodore Kuchar, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Carl Topilow, Andrew Grams, and Ulyses Ascanio.
Rubén has had the opportunity to perform at the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas as a soloist, at the Kennedy Center as a representative of CIM, and at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar as well as on tour with the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. Rubén has been Concertmaster of the New York Orchestra Seminar, the Shepherd Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, and Assistant Concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
Rubén has received numerous fellowships to attend music festivals, including the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Meadowmount School of Music, the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Rubén is an avid chamber musician, member of the Autana Trio, Bronze medal winners at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Some of his chamber music coaches include Sharon Robinson, Merry Peckham, Joel Smirnoff, Norman Fischer, James Dunham, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, Itzhak Perlman, and Joseph Silverstein. In master classes, he has worked with the Brentano Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, Sylvia Rosenberg, Leon Fleisher, Peter Wiley, and the Miró Quartet.
Rubén began his violin studies at the age of three at the National System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela, “El Sistema,” where he was until the age of six. In addition to classical music, Rubén has extensive experience performing Venezuelan folk music and Jazz. This has allowed him to develop important abilities in the area of improvisation, and he has recorded and toured with distinguished Venezuelan ensembles. Rubén also has a strong interest in the art of conducting.
Roger Kalia, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 8th at 3 pm
Concord City Auditorium
2 Prince St
(Parking and Directions)
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.