Welltower Mozart & More
March 25, 2017
Toledo Symphony Box Office
Concert Time: 7:30 pm
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
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.
Lauded by The New York Times for his “vivacious playing,” pianist Ran Dank deploys his brilliant technique with astonishing energy and intensity, captivating audiences and critics alike. This season, Mr. Dank’s engagements include performances at the Bridgehampton Music Festival, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, EMMA Concert Association, Hawaii Concert Society, the Levine School of Music, the Brownville Concert Series, Music at St. Luke’s, and the Vanguard Concert Series. Highlights of last season include his Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as appearances at Portland Ovations, Merrick-Bellmore Community Concert Association, Missouri State University, Tannery Pond Concerts, and the University at Buffalo, and in the inaugural season of the ensemble, miXt, with performances at New York’s Merkin Hall, Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center, as well as at the Paramount Theater, the Jacksonville Jewish Community Alliance, the University of Florida, and the University of Georgia.
Mr. Dank has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, the Phoenix, Ann Arbor, Hilton Head, and Pensacola Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra as a laureate of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, as well as the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain, among others. He has been presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society’s prestigious Hayes Piano Series at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, and at Finland’s Mänttä Festival, where his all-Liszt recital was broadcast on Finnish National Radio. In addition, he has performed as a chamber musician at the Young Concert Artists Festival Week in Tokyo and the Seattle and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals.
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