Barber’s Adagio & Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony
SAT, APRIL 6 • 8PM
Keefe Center for the Arts, Nashua
Yuga Cohler, guest conductor
Gareth Johnson, violin
Adagio for Strings
Violin Concerto No. 5
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter"
“[Gareth Johnson]...possesses prodigious musical gifts- like Joshua Bell or Maxim Vengerov...he dominates the stage.” -The New York Times
Saturday, April 6th at 8 pm
Keefe Center for the Arts
117 Elm Street, Nashua
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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. Yuga is one of Symphony NH's Music Director Search finalists.
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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.
Gareth Johnson, violin
American violinist Gareth Johnson tours internationally, including performances with the Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati Symphonies and abroad. Gareth is a dedicated composer and arranger of Contemporary, Classical, New Age, and Hip Hop music and frequently performs on electric violin.
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Gareth travels the world as a soloist, master teacher, and educator; and is a dedicated composer and arranger of Contemporary, Classical, New Age, and Hip Hop music. For two years Gareth served as Artist-in-Residence and Distinguished Lecturer at Albany State University and has now opened a private strings studio in Lake Worth, Florida. He also directs strings programs in schools throughout Palm Beach County. In addition, he is the founder and director of The Parlor Series, a concert series in Lake Worth, Florida devoted to developing and showcasing both world-class and local artistic talent. Gareth performs for major market international corporate events as an electric violinist and loop pedal master as well. As a soloist he has performed and held residencies with numerous orchestras in the United States including Hartford, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boston Pops, Baltimore, Annapolis, Detroit, Memphis; and has had several performances in Carnegie Hall. In the past five years Gareth has taught and performed in South Africa: Johannesburg and Durban as well as Europe: England and the Netherlands. He adds these experiences to past tours in Asia, specifically China, Taiwan and the Republic of Hong Kong, Central America: El Salvador and Europe: Germany and Austria. Gareth has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and several other world renowned string players.
The New York Times proclaimed that Gareth at the age of sixteen “...possesses prodigious musical gifts- like Joshua Bell or Maxim Vengerov...he dominates the stage.”
“He showed himself to be a confident soloist who combines sensitive control of the bow with right-on intonation and nicely detailed phrasing.” -The Washington Post
”Not since the teenaged Joshua Bell first captivated concert-goers with his remarkable talents have we been privileged to hear such a gifted young violinist.” -The Naples News
Having won numerous competitions and prizes throughout the United States and Europe, Gareth is the 2002 junior winner and the 2010 senior winner of the International Sphinx competition. He most recently won the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) Salute to Living Black History Makers Award for 2016. Gareth holds a masters degree from the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.
Gareth plays on an 1840 J.B. Vuillaume violin.
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 for a fee of $5. Handling fees are waived for subscribers. 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.