Please join us at our upcoming concert on December 8, 2016! A very special concert featuring the recently re-discovered music of our founding conductor, Ignatz Waghalter. Headlined by special guests, Conductor Alexander Walker and our Soloist, Conductor and Violinist John McLaughlin Williams.
Discover more about our special guests at http://www.alexanderwalker.org/about, www.naxos.com/person/John_McLaughlin_Williams/31023.htm and more about Ignatz Waghalter at www.waghalter.com.
A huge thanks to David Waghalter Green for giving the Doctors’ Orchestra this wonderful opportunity of a lifetime!
Thursday 12/8/16 at 7:30 PM
Norman Thomas High School Auditorium
111 East 33rd Street New York, NY 10016 (NE Corner of Park Avenue)
“Mandragola” Overture – Ignatz Waghalter
Violin Concerto, Op. 15 – Ignatz Waghalter
New World Suite – Ignatz Waghalter
Guest Conductor: Alexander Walker
Soloist: John McLaughlin Williams
Music Director: Kyunghun Kim
Our soloist, John McLaughlin Williams, is a Grammy-award-winning American orchestral conductor and violinist.
As a violinist, he has appeared as soloist around thecountry and was an active freelancer in Boston, where he was assistant concertmaster of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and a frequent substitute with the Boston Symphony. Williams was also a member of the Houston Symphony, and was concertmaster of the Virginia Symphony. A relative newcomer to conducting, he has appeared as a guest conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and many other ensembles. He has recorded several CDs with European orchestras for the Naxos Records label, all in their American Classics series, where he has pursued projects to uncover lost works by American composers of the first half of the 20th Century. He was awarded a Grammy in 2007 for his recording with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony of Olivier Messiaen‘s Oiseaux Exotiques, and has four other Grammy nominations. Williams has also served as assistant conductor of the Britt Festival in Oregon. His first solo violin recording will be released in 2016. It contains the complete violin music of Karl Weigl. He attended the Boston University School of Music, the New England Conservatory and is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music. His violin studies were with Dorothy DeLay, conducting with Carl Topilow and composition with Donald Erb and Margaret Brouwer.
Conductor Alexander Walker works widely in Britain and as a visiting conductor across Europe. But he comes to us tonight, in part, because along with violinist Irmina Trynkos, he has made it a project to preserve and build interest and knowledge about the contributions of composer Ignatz Waghalter, who founded this orchestra almost 79 years ago.
Walker may be best known for conducting a number of British amateur and youth orchestras, including the Surrey County Youth Orchestra, Berkshire Youth Orchestra, The Purcell School Symphony Orchestra, The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the Northampton Symphony Orchestra, and The Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra, and as musical director of the Abingdon and District Musical Society and the Kingston Philharmonia. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Conducting credits include several operas, the Progue Philharmonia, the Finnish National Ballet, the Russian Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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