Generously sponsored by: Jim & Beverly Smith and Anonymous: Honoring the cultural legacy of the San Luis Obispo Symphony - past, present and future
Maestro Andrew Sewell will open the Classics season with Rossini’s lively and melodic overture from the comedic opera The Barber of Seville. Internationally renowned violinist, Giora Schmidt will collaborate with Sewell on the evening’s concerto of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra. The concert’s finale will be one of the most recognizable and frequently played symphonies in the world, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor.
Maestro Sewell has enjoyed fifteen seasons as Music Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison. His previous appointments include Music Director with the Wichita Symphony, Mansfield Symphony (OH), and Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony. A native of New Zealand, Maestro Sewell received his music training on the violin, piano and cornet, and began conducting at age 16.
Giora Schmidt, praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "impossible to resist, has captivated with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm," violinist Giora Schmidt has appeared with many prominent symphony orchestras around the globe including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, National Arts Centre, Toronto, Vancouver and the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony. In recital and chamber music, Giora has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, San Francisco Performances, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Tokyo's Musashino Cultural Hall.