Young Artists Orchestra

Young Artists Orchestra Series
Venue / Time
Guilford College - Dana Auditorium
8:00 PM



Share On
Wednesday, October 17
Suite No. 3 from Romeo and Juliet, op.101

Romeo at the Fountain
Morning Dance
Morning Serenade (Aubade)
The Death of Juliet

Variations on a Rococo Theme, op.33

Moderato assai quasi Andante; Thema: Moderato semplice
Variation 1: Tempo della Thema
Variation 2: Tempo della Thema
Variation 3: Andante sostenuto
Variation 4: Andante grazioso
Variation 5:Allegro moderato
Variation 6: Andante
Variation 7 and Coda: Allegro vivo

Neal Cary, cello

Suite from Hary Janos

Das Märchen beginnt
Wiener Glockenspiel
Schlacht und Niederlage Napoleons
Einzug des kaiserlichen Hofes

One of Spain's most promising conductors, JOSÉ-LUIS NOVO is currently music director and conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in Maryland and recently concluded an impressive 13-year tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Binghamton Philharmonic in New York state. Prior to these appointments, he served as assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under both music director emeritus Jesús López-Cobos and former music director Paavo Järvi, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the late Erich Kunzel. He has been on the conducting faculty at the Eastern Music Festival since 1999.


Some of the ASO’s highlights during Novo’s tenure include 2016, 2017 & 2018 return appearances at the Music Center at Strathmore with cellist Lynn Harrell, violinist James Ehnes and guitarist Manuel Barrueco, a 2012 return appearance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, national broadcasts on NPR’s Performance Today and the launching of the ASO’s first commercial CD commemorating the 300th anniversary of the signing of Annapolis’ Royal Charter. Maestro Novo’s continuous drive for artistic excellence, innovative thematic programming, and collaborations with some of today’s most respected guest artists, have resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, praising audiences, and enthusiastic reviews from publications such as The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun.


Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include debut appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Alexandria and South Bend Symphony Orchestras, and return appearances with the Thailand Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, Symphoria, and a Kimmel Center debut in Philadelphia conducting the Curtis Institute Orchestra. Other guest conducting engagements have included, among others, appearances with the Symphony Silicon Valley; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Syracuse, Modesto, Windsor, Stamford, Tulsa, and Tallahassee Symphonies; the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; the Cleveland and Abilene Philharmonics, and most of the major Spanish orchestras.


Novo has also developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians. He has held conducting positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Miami University Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and he is the newly appointed Interim Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Maryland School of Music, College Park. In addition, he has conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras such as the Curtis Institute Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, and the Portuguesa State Youth Orchestra of the Venezuelan El Sistema.


Novo was featured in the League of American Orchestra's Symphony magazine in "Podium Powers," an article about emerging Hispanic conductors in the United States. He holds music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, and is the recipient of a 2010 Annie Award in Performing Arts from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, a 2008 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Adventurous Programming Award, and a 2005 Broome County Arts Council Heart of the Arts

Neal Cary has been praised for his “robust tone and high-romantic Neal Cary has been praised for his “robust tone and high-romantic phrasing,” and the “tremendous amount of emotion and heart” he brings to his performances.

He has been principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony since 1988 and has served as principal cellist of the Williamsburg Symphony since 2002. In 1984, he joined the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has served as principal cellist every summer since 1988. In August of 2012 and 2016, Neal Cary performed in the All-Star Orchestra - an orchestra comprised of some of the finest musicians in the United States. This orchestra was created for the production of educational television programs and is now included as part of the educational mission of Khan Academy.

Previous to moving to Richmond, Neal Cary was co-principal cellist of the Kansas City Philharmonic, and assistant principal cellist of the Tulsa Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Denver Symphony orchestras. From 1994 -98, he was a member of the adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University. While a student at Juilliard, he was a chamber music teaching assistant to Earl Carlyss and Claus Adam in 1980 and 1981. While a student at Meadowmount during the summers of 1980 and 1981, he was a chamber music teaching assistant to Joseph Gingold.

In addition to his symphony work, Neal Cary maintains a large private teaching studio and has been a member of the performing artist faculty at the College of William and Mary since 1991. An avid chamber musician, he has had the opportunity to perform with many world-famous musicians at the Eastern Music Festival and has been a member of the Richmond Chamber Players since 1989.

Neal Cary's major teachers have included Pat Ficarra, Robert Newkirk, Channing Robbins, and the world-renowned Leonard Rose. Mr. Cary holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Catholic University, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School of Music.

Notable recital performances include those from memory of the 40 Popper Etudes and all the Bach Suites for Solo Cello. Concerto performances include nearly 50 performances of most of the major cello concertos, unusual works, and a world premiere with orchestras on the East Coast. YouTube videos of Mr. Cary include a live performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto, a performance of the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2, and a video lesson on the Saint-Saëns. 

Neal is married to Catherine Cary, a violinist in the Richmond Symphony and at Eastern Music Festival. They have two children – daughter Emma, a cellist, and son Alan, a violinist.

Join the Mailing List!

Subscribe to EMF's eNewsletter and learn more about EMF's concerts and educational programs.