Generously sponsored by: Patricia McNamara l Roger & Janice Verity l Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund
Maestro Jose-Luis Novo and Grammy Award winning cellist Sara Sant’ Ambrogio to the Performing Arts Center. The program begins with Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches by G.W Chadwick. Jubilee is the first of four movements inspired by a scene depiction, much like snapshots in an album, drawings, or vignettes. Maestro Novo collaborates with Sant’ Ambrogio on Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a contemplative piece written after World War I. The evening’s finale is J. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op.43, a full, melodic piece and the composer’s best-known work that premiered in 1902.
Music Director and conductor of the Binghamton Philharmonic in New York and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland, José-Luis Novo began his musical studies at the conservatory of Valladolid—his hometown in Spain, obtaining the degree of Profesor Superior de Violín. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he earned a First Prize in violin. In 1988, he came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar, obtaining both Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts Degrees from Yale University.
Sara Sant'Ambrogio first leapt to international attention when she was a winner at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition in Moscow. Ms. Sant'Ambrogio has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as Atlanta, the Beijing Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Budapest, Chicago, Dallas, Moscow State Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Osaka Century Orchestra (Japan), ), The Royal Philharmonic, St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle.