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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Zorn Arena

7:30 p.m.


Conductor  >  Francesco Lecce-Chong, Associate Conductor



Overture to Oberon  

Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622
        I. Allegro
       II. Adagio
      III. Rondo: Allegro
                   Todd Levy, clarinet


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Opus 68
      Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
      Andante sostenuto
      Un poco allegretto e grazioso
      Adagio - Più andante - Allegro non troppo, ma con brio

Since its inception in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has become one of the finest orchestras in the nation. The MSO’s 83 full-time professional musicians perform over 140 classics, pops, family, and education concerts each season in venues throughout the state. A cornerstone of Milwaukee’s arts community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background. First presented on the Artists Series in 1966, the MSO returns this season for the first time since October 2007.

American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong is active with the orchestral and operatic repertories on the international stage. As associate conductor of the MSO, Lecce-Chong works closely with renowned Music Director Edo de Waart and leads over 40 subscription, tour, education, and community concert performances annually. During the MSO's 2012–2013 season, he took the podium for an acclaimed gala concert with Itzhak Perlman, led the orchestra through its statewide tour of Wisconsin, and conducted a special three-week series at Milwaukee’s Basilica of St. Josaphat.

A list of Lecce-Chong’s international appearances includes leading the Hong Kong (China), Pitesti (Romania), and Ruse (Bulgaria) philharmonics and the Sofia Festival Orchestra (Italy). Equally at ease in the opera house, Lecce-Chong has served as principal conductor for the Brooklyn Repertory Opera and as staff conductor and pianist for the Santa Fe Opera. He has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances that have garnered national distinction. Lecce-Chong is a 2012 recipient of The Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Presser Music Award. He is also the recipient of the N.T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship and the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance.

A trained pianist and composer, Lecce-Chong is a native of Boulder, Colorado, where he began conducting at the age of 16. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting. He also holds a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with renowned pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller. He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Follow his blog, Finding Exhilaration.

In late September the MSO's Artists Series program changed from that previously announced, due to the illness of violinist Ilana Setepen, soloist in Tchaikovsky's Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35. Mozart's Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622, featuring soloist Todd Levy, will be presented in its place.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Todd Levy is principal clarinet of the MSO, The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and participant in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, with the Israel Philharmonic and at the White House. As a chamber musician he has performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, Miami quartets, James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach and Mitsuko Uchida. A participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for four summers, he has appeared as a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Aspen Wind Quintet; as guest principal clarinet with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2011), The Philadelphia Orchestra (2010), The New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera; and as a frequent principal clarinet for Seiji Ozawa, Ricardo Muti and Alan Gilbert at The Tokyo Opera Nomori and Saito Kinen festivals in Japan.

   (YouTube, October 9, 2013)

$17  General Public
$15  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$  7  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $3.50 until the day of the show
All seats are general admission

The Artists Series is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.