Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sixteen Year-Old Guest Conductor Ilyich Rivas to Lead ASO

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Saturday, August 15
Program To Feature Sphinx Competition Winner Elena Urioste Playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
2009 Summer Classical Season To Conclude With Celebratory Fireworks

Sixteen-year-old rising star Ilyich Rivas will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in his U.S. professional debut on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Rivas will lead the orchestra in Verdi’s Vespri Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed by another rising star, 22-year-old violinist, and Sphinx Competition winner, Elena Urioste. The 2009 summer classical season will conclude with a celebratory firework display by Pyrotecnico.

Last year Mr. Rivas was selected as one of seven young conductors from around the world to participate in the prestigious Cabrillo Festival Conductors Workshop in California with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier. During the workshop, he made a significant impression on both Ms. Alsop and Mr. Meier. Following an audition with the BSO, he was was awarded the position of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Peabody Institute Conducting Fellow, beginning in September 2009. This position permits him to study conducting at the Peabody Conservatory under Gustav Meier's guidance, and to work closely with the Baltimore Symphony alongside Marin Alsop and conducting the BSO on certain occasions. His performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be his first public concert with a major orchestra.

The evening will begin with a pre-concert "Top of the Lawn" conversation hosted by ASO Insider Ken Meltzer at 7:10 p.m. and, as with all of the ASO summer concerts at the Verizon Amphitheatre, audience members will have the opportunity to send questions to the musicians and guest artists to be answered from the stage during the interval.

Although the August 15 concert marks the end of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s six-concert summer classical series at the Verizon Amphitheatre, concerts continue at the venue through October.
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