This Season’s Guest Artists
Michael F. Tietz
Music Director and Conductor
Michael 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.
While pursuing his doctorate at The Juilliard School, Kevin Quill looks forward to engaging in rigorous academic study while furthering himself in the realms of solo, chamber, and orchestral playing.
Pianist Daniel Epstein made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy. He has performed with many of America’s major orchestras, and has performed recitals in Carnegie Hall and in other major venues throughout the world.
2017 – 2018 Repertoire
The “Reformation” is one of Mendelssohn’s most programmatic works. As befits its title, the symphony’s first and last movements each contain elements of religious struggle and triumph. Though catalogued as Mendelssohn’s fifth symphony, it is actually his second “full” symphony, written in 1829-30, just three years after Beethoven’s death.read more
The prominent Soviet and Armenian composer, Alexander Arutiunian fused Russian and Armenian musical traditions to form his own unique style. His compositions span a wide range and include a series of well-regarded brass and woodwind concertos. Of these, the trumpet concerto, composed in 1950, is one of his best-known works and a staple of the trumpet solo literature.read more
The premiere of the concerto was given in Budapest on November 9, 1881, with Brahms as soloist, and was an immediate success.read more
As part of his vast output of vocal and orchestral works, Bach wrote four orchestral suites (or “ouvertures”), probably between 1724 and 1739. They are based on the 18th-century “French style” of overture – a slow opening section with a faster middle section, followed by a variety of dance movements.read more