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Stravinsky’s Firebird

Kayoko Dan, conductor Robert Burks, oboe Carey Shinbaum, oboe TCHAIKOVSKY      The Tempest ALAN ELKINS        Double Concerto STRAVINSKY          Firebird Suite Referred to as a “symphonic fantasia,” Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest embodies the energy of a powerful storm with dramatic percussion, surging strings, and a commanding bass fanfare. The evening will also feature local composer Alan Elkins’ Double Concerto and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Stravinsky’s first ballet, Firebird became an instant success and remains to be his most popular orchestral work to this day. Powerful, mysterious, beautiful, and exhilarating, this 1919 suite from the ballet will take your breath away!

Ticket holders are invited to a free pre-concert Spotlight Talk hosted by Cesar Leal in the Tivoli Dance Studio at 6:45pm.

Robert Burks, oboe

Robert Burks was born in Tulsa but grew up in McAlester, Oklahoma. During his young informative years he was a boy scout, a Demolay, played on the school golf team, played baseball and was selected to play on the all-star team. And then there was music! Mr. Burks can play a variety of instruments that includes the ukulele, piano, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, violin, and oboe. During his high school years he was commissioned to play a piece composed for him titled “Burks Montage” which he performed, with the band, a medley of songs on six different instruments. Mr. Burks began formal training on the oboe at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music with Richard Woodhams, whom is now principal oboe at Philadelphia. The first orchestra he played professionally was St. Louis under Leonard Slatkind, after two years in St. Louis he was accepted and studied with John Mack at the Cleveland Institute of Music. After graduating from Cleveland Institute he performed with the Columbus Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony and came to Chattanooga as principal oboe in 1981. Mr. Burks has performed numerous times with the Atlanta Symphony. He recently recorded Mahlers Symphony No. 2, under the baton of Yoel Levi, his last recording with the Atlanta Symphony. He has performed at numerous music festivals and toured Europe twice, most recently with the American Sinfonietta. He has taught oboe for Cadek Conservatory at UTC, University of the South, Lee University, Bryon College, Covenant College, and Southern Adventist University. He was principal oboe of the Tennessee Summer Symphony and has recorded for the RCA Studios in Nashville. He has served on numerous committees with the orchestra and is currently the ROPA delegate for the CSO Orchestra and is on the executive board of the Local 80 musicians union.

Carey Shinbaum, oboe

Carey Shinbaum has been principal oboist of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra since 2001, concurrently serving as English hornist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (CSO). He has previously performed as principal oboe with the orchestras of Tucumán, Argentina, Columbus (GA), Youngstown, and the Cleveland Pops, and has been featured in chamber performances at the Sarasota Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. A native of Fort Payne, AL, Carey’s formative musical experiences took place growing up in Chattanooga, while under the tutelage of CSO principal oboist Bob Burks. He went on to graduate from Carnegie Mellon University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Cynthia DeAlmeida and John Mack, principals of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra, respectively. An Andrew Carnegie Merit scholar, Carey has won the top prizes of the performance competitions of the Darius Milhaud Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society. “Mr. Carey” is Artist-in-Residence at Saint Nicholas School in Chattanooga, teaching music and technology. Building upon his experience as an elementary educator, Carey has developed numerous programs with engaging extra-musical themes for Young People’s/Family Concerts. He has played the multi-voiced narrator in Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead” with both the HSO and CSO, while his original scripted shows have introduced thousands of Tennessee Valley students to such dynamic characters as Cowboy Carey, Bobo (the oboe playing) Clown, slugger Chris “Shindo”, YeraC the Alien, and “Tater” the Narrator. He finds these projects personally rewarding.

César Leal

Colombian born conductor and musicologist César Leal is currently the artistic director and conductor of the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra in Sewanee, TN, where he also serves as faculty member of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has led ensembles across the U.S., Panama, Colombia, France, and the Ukraine.
Maestro Leal’s activities as a Conductor and Musicologist often intersect and his interest in interdisciplinarity and collaboration often inform his scholarly and artistic projects.  In collaboration with the Lexington Ballet (KY), he directed a full-stage production devoted to Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes (2013).  This tribute included performances of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Chopin’s Les Sylphides, and Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun.  In 2011 and 2012 he was the assistant director of the Congrés Mondiale d’Écologie Sonore (Switzerland), an event devoted to music research and performance. Leal’s program for his debut with the Panama National Symphony Orchestra in July 2014 featured works from the fin-de-siècle (1880-1913) that bridged European and Latin American musical traditions. Most recently (2017), Leal collaborated with the American Spiritual Ensemble in a concert version of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.  In 2019, he will collaborate with baritone Reginald Smith Jr., Metropolitan Opera National Auditions Winner (2015) for a performance of Pilgrimage, a rarely performed Cantata for orchestra and baritone, by American living composer Carlisle Floyd (b. 1926).  He has recorded works by several Latin American composers and has presented scholarly papers in the U.S., Canada, Greece, Japan, Italy, France, England, Peru, Colombia, and Switzerland.

An advocate of young musicians, Maestro Leal often teaches conducting workshops and acts as a guest clinician with youth orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2015, he teaches a conducting masterclass at the KIIS summer program in Salzburg. For the 2017-2018 season he was named artist in residence for the prestigious orchestral program at Stevenson High School in Chicago. As an adjudicator, Leal is often invited to be part of important national and regional competitions such as the Midwest Young Artists concerto competition (Chicago, IL), Jacqueline Avent concerto competition (Sewanee Summer Music Festival), as well as the CSO youth orchestras (Chattanooga, TN) and the Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville, TN) concerto competitions.

    This concert is made possible in part due to the generous support of O'Shaughnessy & Carter PLLC.
Tivoli Theatre
Thursday, January 17, 2019 07:30 PM
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