Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart

Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon

Lourdes University

March 25, 2017

Toledo Symphony Box Office

Concert Time: 7:30 pm

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Marcelo Lehninger, Conductor

Ran Dank, Piano

In a program beginning with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, best known as the origin of Air on a G String, guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger and our Toledo Symphony present a trio of adored classical pieces. Pianist Ran Dank presents the dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2 by Beethoven, and the concert concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague”.


Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 3

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.2

Mozart - Symphony No.38 "Prague"

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Marcelo Lehninger

Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger is the newly-appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He previously served as Music Director of the New West Symphony in Los Angeles, for which the League of American Orchestras awarded him the Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Conductors. Marcelo was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by James Levine, and, after a very successful two year tenure that included stepping in for Maestro Levine on short notice in Boston and on tour at Carnegie Hall, was later promoted to Associate Conductor.

Mr. Lehninger’s 2016-17 season includes debuts with the Sydney, Melbourne, Colorado, Hawaii, Toledo, and Portland Symphonies; the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; and Symphony Nova Scotia; as well as return engagements with Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Bard Orchestra, the orchestra of his alma mater. Highlights of the 2015-16 season included debuts with the Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Ft. Worth, and Knoxville Symphonies, The Orchestra Now, and, in Europe, his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and a return to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

As a guest conductor in the United States, Mr. Lehninger has led the Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, Seattle, Milwaukee, National, Jacksonville, New Jersey, Indianapolis, Omaha, Chautauqua, Hartford, and Fairfax Symphonies; the Florida and Louisville Orchestras; and the Rochester and Orlando Philharmonics. In Canada, he has appeared with the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies, and the Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics. European highlights include engagements with the Lucerne Symphony, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and a tour with the Concertgebouw Orchestra assisting Mariss Jansons.


Ran Dank

Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify Ran Dank's pianism and musicality.

 During the 2016-2017 season, he appears in recital at the Ravinia Festival and performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Vermont Symphony led by Jaime Laredo. With pianist Soyeon Kate Lee he performs in recital at the Smithsonian Institute, Cincinnati's Linton Music, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

He has performed Liszt Totentanz and Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Jerusalem Symphony, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 at Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Grieg Concerto with the Asheville Symphony, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Phoenix and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

Recitals have included the New York City Town Hall recital for Peoples Symphony Concerts, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland's Mantta Festival, the Israel Conservatory of Music, and chamber music at the Seattle, Montreal, Israel, Great Lakes, and Skaneateles Chamber Music festivals, and at Maverick Concerts with the Shanghai Quartet.

With Soyeon Kate Lee he performed the world premiere of Alexander Goehr's Seven Impromptus for two pianos at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Among the many duo recitals they have given include Portland Ovations, the JCC of Rockville, Bargemusic, and the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski's "Four Hands" at (le) Poisson Rouge.

He recently completed Doctoral studies with Ursula Oppens and Richard Good at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a Chancellor's Fellow, and previously received a Bachelor's Degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in his native Israel and a Master's Degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York So-Ho art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works. 

The recipient of numerous honors, Ran Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut sponsored by YCA and the Jerome L.Greene Foundation at Merkin Hall in December, 2009.  He was a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition, and the Sydney International Piano Competition. He won First Prize at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.


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