Young Artists Orchestra
Allegro con spirito
Jason Vieaux, guitar
The Sea and Sinbad's Ship (Largo e maestoso; Allegro non troppo)
The legend of the Kalendar Prince (Lento: Andantino: Allegro molto; Con moto)
The Young Prince and the Young Princess (Andantino quasi allegretto; Pochissimo piùmosso; Come prima; Pochissimo più animato)
Festival at Baghdad. The Sea. The Ship Breaks upon a Clifff Surmounted by a Bronze Horseman. (Allegro molto; Vivo; Allegro non troppo maestoso)
Jason Vieaux, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone), is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. He has earned a reputation for putting his expressive gifts and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of recital, concerto, chamber music, teaching and recording commitments is distinguished with return engagements throughout the U.S. and abroad. Vieaux's solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America, as well as many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y. Vieaux's appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher Quartet, acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux's passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.
Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with over 50 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Richmond, Edmonton, IRIS Chamber, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chautauqua Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival. Some of the conductors he has worked with include David Robertson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, David Lockington, Steven Smith, and Edwin Outwater.
Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. His latest album, PLAY, a selection of audience favorites celebrating Vieaux's 20 years of professional touring, was released in January 2014 on Azica Records. Of PLAY, Soundboard Magazine writes, "If you ever want to give a friend a disc that will cement his or her love for the guitar, this is a perfect candidate," while Premier Guitar claims, "You'd be hard pressed to find versions performed with more confidence, better tone, and a more complete understanding of the material." Among his previous eleven commercial albums is an Azica disc of Astor Piazzolla's music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. Bach: Works for Lute, Vol.1 hit No. 13 on Billboard's Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound, and Soundboard. Images of Metheny features music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny, who, after hearing this landmark recording, declared: "I am flattered to be included in Jason's musical world." Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux's albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online around the world, including such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, Gramophone, and on NPR's "Deceptive Cadence."
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001.
Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is affiliated with Philadelphia's Astral Artists. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event's youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.
One of Spain's most promising conductors, JOSÉ-LUIS NOVO is currently music director and conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (MD) and the Binghamton Philharmonic (NY). Prior to these appointments, he served as assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of 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, where he currently holds the position of Resident Conductor.
Some of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's highlights during Maestro Novo's tenure include a 2006 debut concert appearance at the Music Center at Strathmore, a 2008 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, a national broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, a 2012 return appearance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves for the ASO's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, and the launching of the ASO's first commercial CD commemorating the 300th anniversary of the signing of Annapolis' Royal Charter. Additionally, the League of American Orchestras recognized the ASO's potential and selected it nationwide as one of only five participants in the Institutional Vision Leadership Initiative two-year seminar (2005-2007). The successful partnership between Mr. Novo and the ASO has received consistent critical acclaim: "Not only did he have an outstandingly clear view of Ravel's piece, but he was able to bring his musicians to the peak of instrumental execution as they kept up with his every nuance and inflection. The end result was one of the most extraordinary readings of Ravel's well-known piece that I have even encountered: fast without blurring instrumental lines; sinuous and alluring without distortion or over-statement; and just plain wonderful." The Capital Gazette. "Novo's feeling for Bartók's arch form unified it all and gave this performance a sweep and power that were truly memorable." The Washington Post. "...the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra unleashed a nasty, unremittingly exciting Shostakovich 10th that showed off the strengths of the ensemble that already has been reconfigured during Novo's brief tenure." The Baltimore Sun.
Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include debut appearances with the Rochester and Fresno Philharmonic Orchestras, return appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, Symphoria (former Syracuse Symphony), Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and an impressive Kimmel Center debut in Philadelphia conducting the Curtis Institute Orchestra in a last minute replacement for an ailing Maestro Otto Werner Mueller. Prior guest conducting engagements have included, among others, appearances with the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Syracuse, Modesto, Tulsa, Windsor, Stamford, and Tallahassee Symphonies; the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; the Cleveland and Abilene Philharmonics; the Tenerife, Principado de Asturias, and Castilla y León Symphony Orchestras; the City of Granada Orchestra; the Andrés Segovia Chamber Orchestra at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Vallés Symphony Orchestra at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, and the Echternach Festival Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and on tour in Luxembourg and Germany.
While maintaining a relevant professional conducting career, Mr. Novo has also developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians. He has held the positions of music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Miami University Symphony Orchestra; associate conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra; and assistant conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Yale Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras such as the Curtis Institute Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the University of Maryland, Bard Conservatory and Ithaca College Symphony Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Portuguesa State Youth Orchestra of the Venezuelan El Sistema.
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