<August 2016>

Elgar's "Enigma"

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Orchestra Hall
Saturday, January 19 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 20 – 3:00 PM


Mark Wigglesworth, conductor  Bio

Born in Sussex, England, Mark Wigglesworth studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and won the Kondrashin Conducting Competition in Amsterdam in 1989. Since then, he has worked with many of the leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Amsterdam Mahler Festival and the BBC Proms. Wigglesworth has held positions as Music Director of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Opera Factory in London. He recently completed recordings all of the Shostakovich Symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for BIS.

Robert deMaine, cello   Bio

American virtuoso cellist Robert deMaine has distinguished himself as one of the finest and versatile musicians of his generation, having performed worldwide to critical acclaim from Carnegie Hall to the Teatro Colon.  In 1990, deMaine became the first cellist ever to win the Grand Prize at San Francisco's Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings.  As a soloist, he has collaborated with conductors Neeme Jarvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin, among many others. deMaine has performed virtually the entire major cello concerto repertoire with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he has been Principal Cellist since 2002. Also a composer, Robert deMaine has written many works for the cello, including Twelve Etudes-Caprices, which he performs regularly.  Several important composers have written large-scale works for him, including Chris Theofanidis, Joel Eric Suben, and Jeffrey Mumford.


ELGAR Serenade for Strings  
PURCELL Chacony  
BRITTEN Symphony for Cello and Orchestra  
ELGAR Enigma Variations