Mozart 40 & Elgar Cello Concerto
SAT, MARCH 9 • 8 PM
Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua
Stefano Sarzani, guest conductor
Brant Taylor, cello
WEBER Overture to Euryanthe
ELGAR Cello Concerto
MOZART Symphony No. 40
Saturday, March 9th at 8 pm
Keefe Center for the Arts
117 Elm Street, Nashua
(Parking and Directions)
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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. Stefano is one of Symphony NH's Music Director Search finalists.
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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.
Brant Taylor, cello
A current member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Brant Taylor is a versatile cellist, performing as a soloist and with ensembles including Pink Martini and the prizewinning Everest Quartet.
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Brant Taylor’s varied career includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading musicians throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim, having previously been cellist of the Everest Quartet, prizewinners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Taylor made his solo debut with the San Antonio Symphony at the age of fourteen as the winner of a concerto competition, and has since appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, performing, among others, the works of Dvorak, Haydn, Elgar, Shostakovich, Lalo, Boccherini, Saint-Saens, and Brahms.
A dedicated teacher of both cello and chamber music, Mr. Taylor has combined performance and pedagogy throughout his career, conducting master classes and writing articles on a wide variety of musical topics. With the Everest Quartet, he performed and taught extensively in North America and the Caribbean and gave the world premiere of a work by Israeli-American composer Paul Schoenfield. He has given audition training seminars and lessons at Miami’s New World Symphony, of which he was a member and to which he has returned to perform as concerto soloist under the batons of Michael Tilson-Thomas and Nicholas McGegan.
Mr. Taylor has taught and performed at music festivals around the world, including the Festival der Zukunft in Ernen, Switzerland, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Shanghai International Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Music Festival Santo Domingo, Michigan's Village Bach Festival, Music at Gretna in Pennsylvania, where he has made repeated appearances as a concerto soloist, and Arizona Musicfest, where he serves as principal cello.
Mr. Taylor is a member of the faculty of DePaul University’s School of Music and acts as Consulting Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts, an organization committed to free public access to high-quality music (www.imfchicago.org).
A fan of many styles of music, Mr. Taylor had a seven-year association with the band Pink Martini. With this unique ensemble, he appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Late Show with David Letterman," at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in nightclubs and theaters across North America. He can be heard on Pink Martini's studio release, "Hey Eugene.”
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he won the school's concerto competition and performed as soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia. His Master of Music degree is from Indiana University. His primary teachers have been Janos Starker and Paul Katz.
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.