December, 2010Internationally recognized cellist Jan Vogler joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for three performances of Shostakovich’s dynamic Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 in its first concert of the new year. This piece quickly established its place as a favorite in the repertoire, a virtuoso tour de force for the gifted and remarkable Vogler. The concerts also feature Dvořák’s cheerful Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, which draws its inspiration from the Bohemian folk music that the composer loved. The FWSO will perform Kodály’s Dances of Galánta on Saturday and Sunday. Josep Caballé-Domenech conducts. The concerts take place Jan. 14 – 16 at Bass Performance Hall.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 - $79 and are available at www.fwsymphony.org or 817-665-6000.
Learn more about the music at Symphonic Insights, hosted by Shields-Collins “Buddy” Bray, principal keyboardist of the FWSO. The interactive lecture series takes place one hour before each concert in the audience chamber.
Recognized for his “rapturously heartfelt” playing (Washington Post), Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has featured concerts with some of the world’s most renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as well as the Dresden Staatskapelle, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Cologne and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, and Vienna Symphony.
A passionate recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed extensively with pianists Louis Lortie, Hélène Grimaud and Martin Stadtfeld, with violinists Mira Wang and James Ehnes, and soprano Angelica Kirschschlager.
With a strong classical foundation, Vogler embraces the work of his contemporaries and welcomes the process of experimentation, expansion and refinement in his performance style. A dedicated champion of new music, he has recently premiered works by renowned composers Jörge Widmann, Tigran Mansurian with the WDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Semyon Bychkov at the Cologne Triennale, John Harbison, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Udo Zimmermann with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.
The 2010-2011 season features an ever-challenging balance of concerts and recitals in Europe and North America. He began his season in Europe in recital with Hélène Grimaud followed by a concert tour of Germany with the New York-based ensemble The Knights led by Eric Jacobsen, which features the Shostakovich Cello Concerto and Jimi Hendrix’s Machine Gun – released to critical acclaim in 2009. He then undertakes a second German tour, this time with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lan Shui. Other European appearances will take him to Dresden, Berlin, Bucharest and Turin.
A cello prodigy at age 6, Vogler first studied with his father Peter Vogler and subsequently with Josef Schwab in Berlin, Heinrich Schiff and Siegfried Palm. At age 20, he won the principal cello position of the Staatskapelle Dresden and became the youngest concertmaster in the history of the orchestra. He left to launch a solo career. Vogler is the general director of the Dresden Musikfestspiele and founder and artistic director of the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival.
Consistently cited for his passion and insightful interpretations, Barcelona-born conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech galvanizes musicians and audiences alike. Eliciting a consistently beautiful and lush sound from the orchestra, his performances have been hailed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan.
Mr. Caballé-Domenech’s guest conducting engagements include those with the Aalborg, Bamberg, Barcelona, Bern, Royal Scottish, Stavanger, and Trondheim orchestras as well as the BBC Orchestra in Wales and Ulster, Belgian National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic/London, Stockholm Philharmonic, WDR/Cologne, and the Zurich Tonhalle. He was principal guest conductor of the Norrköping Symphony from 2005–2007, and has appeared several times as guest conductor of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Future engagements include those with the San Antonio Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Tampere Symphony, and the Houston and Schleswig-Holstein festivals.
Equally at home in opera, Mr. Caballé-Domenech made his debut at Barcelona’s Liceu conducting Mozart’s Così fan tutti. He has also appeared with the Stuttgart State Opera, Vienna Volksoper, and Teatro São Carlos. He recently conducted an acclaimed production of Luisa Fernanda at the Theater an der Wien with Placido Domingo in the principal role.
Born into a family of musicians, his early studies included piano, violin, voice, and percussion. He studied conducting at the University of Music and Scenic Arts in Vienna and the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, and Sergiu Comissiona, where he also received the Aspen Prize. Mr. Caballé-Domenech was named Sir Colin Davis Protégé in the inaugural cycle of Rolex’s Mentor/Protégé Arts Initiative in 2002.
These concerts are part of the American Airlines Symphonic Series and are made possible by season sponsors American Airlines, Star-Telegram, North Texas Audi Dealers and Worthington Renaissance Hotel. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.
For tickets, visit www.fwsymphony.org or call 817-665-6000.