This Season’s Guest Artists
'CellistA recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, cellist Sophie Shao was the winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions. Sophie joins us this May in the Elgar concerto.
Guest ConductorEqually at home with both orchestral and vocal genres, Teresa Cheung is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral, and operatic productions in the USA and Canada. She will be leading the May, 2017 concert.
Michael F. Tietz
Music Director and ConductorMichael F. Tietz is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of The Broadway Bach Ensemble, a 50-piece orchestra on New York’s upper west side, which he founded in 1985. His conducting repertoire spans baroque, classical, romantic and 20th-century works.
HornBorn and raised in Philadelphia, Sarah Boxmeyer is a horn player currently based in New York City. She has participated in concerts, music festivals and tours across the United States and abroad.
HornA player of diverse experience, Steven Behnke has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. He has also been featured on WQXR and has won numerous concerto competitions.
Xiao is a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, first prize winner of the Szigeti International Violin Competition, as well as several other competitions. He performed the Brahms violin concerto a few years ago in Leipzig at the Gewandhaus and is set to be performing it this year in China.
2016 – 2017 Repertoire
Johannes Brahms wrote his Symphony No. 3 in F Major in 1883 at the age of 50. It is the shortest of his four symphonies, written six years after his Second Symphony, in D Major. During this period Brahms was anything but idle; in fact, these six years were some of the most prolific years in symphonic composition of his life. Masterworks like his Academic Festival Overture, Tragic Overture, Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Violin Concerto were all created in between his two middle symphonies.read more
Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire.read more