Karen, Gomyo, violin
When: January 25 & 26, 2013 | 8 p.m. | Majestic Theatre
What: Symphonie espagnole featuring Karen Gomyo, violin and guest conductor Karen Kamensek
Tickets: Individual concert tickets range from $12 to $92 and Students only $8 and are available to purchase at the Symphony and Majestic Theatre Box Offices or by calling (210) 554.1010 or visiting www.sasymphony.org. Patrons can also visit any Ticketmaster location or call (800) 745.3000.
Rising violin superstar Karen Gomyo returns to San Antonio to perform Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Based on Spanish folk songs, Lalo’s virtuosic violin concerto is filled with the rhythms, melodies and colors of Spain. First performed nearly fifty years after it was composed, Ives Symphony No. 2 is one of the most influential American symphonies of the 20th century. This thrilling work features quotes from a variety of American folk tunes, including “America the Beautiful,” “Camptown Races” and “Long, Long Ago.” The concert will be conducted by Karen Kamensek.
Born in Tokyo, violinist Karen Gomyo grew up in Montreal and New York. Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008, she has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity". 2012-2013 highlights include concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Montreal, Phoenix, Atlanta, Colorado, San Diego, Toronto, Detroit, Vancouver, Milan, Sao Paulo and Sydney. She also performs several recitals in the U.S. and Europe. On Thursday, January 25th from 8:50-9:40 a.m., Ms. Gomyo will visit the Chamber Orchestra class at Clark High School where she will work with violinists from the orchestra.
Karen Kamensek has been appointed Music Director of the Staatsoper Hannover since the 2011/12 season. After studying at the IndianaUniversity she became conductor of the Houston Grand Opera and went on tour with the New York City Opera. She worked with the Orchesta Sinfónica Nacional de Honduras, the Louisville Orchestra und the Bochumer Symphoniker. She cooperates closely with Philip Glass whose work Orphée she performed as the world premiere with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. The premiere of Orphée at the Festival in Weikersheim in Germany with the Jeunesses Musicales was her European debut.
The full program on January 25 & 26, 2013 will be:
Chabrier “Fête polonaise” from Le Roi malgré lui
Lalo Symphonie espagnole
Ives Symphony No. 2
About the San Antonio Symphony: The San Antonio Symphony is a non-profit performing arts organization with the mission to inspire and enrich our community by vigorously influencing the artistic fabric of San Antonio through excellent symphonic performance, education and service. The San Antonio Symphony, with more than 70 professional musicians, serves over 130,000 people per year including 40,000 students. For more information about the Symphony visit www.sasymphony.org. To purchase tickets, call the Symphony box office at (210) 554-1010.