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Price & Prokofiev

Friday, January 31—Sunday, February 2, 2025

Friday, January 31—Sunday, February 2, 2025
Orchestra Hall
2 hours
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"For me, personally, music has been a way to inspire others," says violinist Randall Goosby. The American virtuoso returns to Orchestra Hall with music by Florence Price. Conductor Christian Reif debuts with the DSO, leading a new orchestral fantasy by Jimmy López Bellido, "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today," (Chicago Sun-Times), atmospheric sounds by Anatoly Lyadov, and Prokofiev’s great symphonic farewell.

Program

JIMMY LÓPEZ BELLIDO
New Work (Co-Commission)
FLORENCE PRICE
Violin Concerto No. 2
FLORENCE PRICE
Adoration
ANATOLY LYADOV
Enchanted Lake
SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Symphony No. 7

Artists

Christian Reif

conductor

Newly appointed Chief Conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Christian Reif has established a reputation for his natural musicality, innovative programming and technical command.

The 2023–2024 season marks Reif’s inaugural season as Chief Conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, a position he will hold through the 2025–2026 season. He leads seven programs with the orchestra including their season-opening concerts and a Swedish tour in March 2024. 

Since 2022, Reif has served as Music Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Minnesota, a month-long summer festival committed to commissioning new works and to giving free concerts for the community with programming that ranges from opera and chamber music to symphonic performances. 

Highlights of Reif’s 2023–2024 season highlights also include subscription appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, plus summer festival appearances at the Grand Teton Music Festival and at Interlochen. Reif will conduct his own arrangement of John Adams’s El Niño with the Cincinnati Symphony, and with the American Modern Opera Company on tour to Stanford University, Yale University, Harriman-Jewel in Kansas City, and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. 

With an equal footing in North America and Europe, Reif has conducted the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Colorado, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Louisville, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Previous season highlights include appearances with the Deutsches SymphonieOrchester Berlin, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival with the International Contemporary Ensemble. In Europe, he has performed repeatedly with the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, and the Stavanger Symphony. 

Reif enjoys conducting opera and has led productions at the Juilliard Opera of The Merry Wives of Windsor, at the Opera San Jose with Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and the Lakes Area Music Festival of Ariadne auf Naxos

Reif is featured on classical singer Julia Bullock’s debut solo Nonesuch Records album Walking in the Dark where he leads London’s Philharmonia Orchestra as well as accompanies Bullock on the piano. The album was praised by Gramophone Magazine as “illuminating” and described Reif as providing “excellent support” for Bullock. In 2020 during the pandemic, Reif and Bullock recorded a series of at-home virtual “Songs of Comfort,” ranging from Carole King’s classic “Up on the Roof” to Schubert’s Wanderers Nachtlied. NPR Music featured the duo in a “Tiny Desk Concert” for their special quarantine edition of the series, and The New York Times highlighted them on their “Best Classical Music of 2020” list. 

From 2016 to 2019, Christian was Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, after serving as a Conducting Fellow at the New World Symphony from 2014 to 2016 and at Tanglewood Music Center in 2015 and 2016. He studied conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at The Juilliard School in New York City. He resides in Munich with his wife Julia Bullock and their son.

Randall Goosby

“For me, personally, music has been a way to inspire others” – Randall Goosby’s own words sum up perfectly his commitment to being an artist who makes a difference.  

Signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24, American violinist Randall Goosby is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light. 

Highlights of Goosby’s 2023–2024 season include debut performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, the National Symphony with Thomas Wilkins, the Pittsburgh Symphony with Manfred Honeck, the Seattle Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony both under Christian Reif, with European debuts including a European tour with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Danish National Radio Symphony with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the Oslo Philharmonic with Ryan Bancroft, and the Lahti Symphony with Dalia Stasevska. 

During the 2023–2024 season, Goosby will be Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre which will include a return to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 under the direction of Gemma New and feature both recital and chamber concerts. Other upcoming recital appearances include Chamber Music Cincinnati, Emory University in Georgia, Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall in Hamburg, Perth Concert Hall in Scotland, and La Società dei Concerti in Milan. 

Summer 2023 includes Goosby’s debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival under Louis Langrée performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto as well as at Marlboro Music. Previous engagements have included the Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the San Francisco Symphony with Esa-Pekka Salonen, returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra with Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Dalia Stasevska, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Tabita Berglund, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Karina Canellakis. Goosby made his debuts in South Korea in recital and in Japan with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa with Kahchun Wong performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor. In summer 2022, he returned to the Hollywood Bowl with his mentor, Itzhak Perlman, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

In spring 2023, Goosby’s debut concerto album was released for Decca Classics together with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra performing the violin concertos by Max Bruch and Florence Price. Gramophone Magazine observed: “There’s an honesty and modesty…This playing isn’t dressed to impress but to express.” 

Goosby’s first album for Decca, entitled Roots, is a celebration of African American music which explores its evolution from the spiritual through to present-day compositions. Collaborating with pianist Zhu Wang, Goosby curated an album paying homage to the pioneering artists that paved the way for him and other artists of color. It features three world-premiere recordings of music written by African American composer Florence Price and includes works by composers William Grant Still and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, plus a newly commissioned piece by acclaimed double bassist Xavier Foley, a fellow Sphinx and Young Concert Artists alumnus. 

Goosby is deeply passionate about inspiring and serving others through education, social engagement and outreach activities. He has enjoyed working with non-profit organizations such as the Opportunity Music Project and Concerts in Motion in New York City, as well as participating in community engagement programs for schools, hospitals and assisted living facilities across the United States. In 2022–2023, Goosby hosted a residency with the Iris Collective in Memphis with pianist, Zhu Wang. Together they explore how the students’ family history can relate to music and building community collaboration through narrative and performances. 

Goosby was First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2019, he was named the inaugural Robey Artist by Young Classical Artists Trust in partnership with Music Masters in London; and in 2020 he became an Ambassador for Music Masters, a role that sees him mentoring and inspiring students in schools around the United Kingdom. In 2010 he won first prize of the Sphinx Concerto Competition and he is a recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award and of a career advancement grant from the Bagby Foundation and of the 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant. An active chamber musician, he has spent his summers studying at the Perlman Music Program, Verbier Festival Academy, and the Mozarteum Summer Academy, among others. 

Goosby made his debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine and with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall at age 13. A former student of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, he received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Artist Diploma degrees from The Juilliard School. He is an alumni of the Perlman Music Program and studied previously with Philippe Quint. He plays the Antonio Stradivarius, Cremona, “ex-Strauss,” 1708 on generous loan from Samsung Foundation of Culture. 

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