May 3, 2018
Concert Time: 7:00 pm
Cocker - Tuba Tune
Tournemire - From Cinq improvisations
Sowande - Prayer (Oba a ba ke)
Widor - From Symphonie No. 6, Op. 42, No. 2
Respighi - Vetrate di Chiesa (Church Windows)
Experience the glorious splendor of Rosary Cathedral's Spanish-inspired architecture, its brilliant mosaic art, and the Skinner organ - one of Toledo's crown musical jewels - with Respighi's evocative work Church Windows.
Giordano Bellincampi is the Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia and Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Born in Italy and moving to Copenhagen at a young age, he began his career as a trombonist with the Royal Danish Orchestra before making his professional conducting debut in 1994.
Previously, he was the Principal Conductor of I Pomeriggi Musicali, Milan, General Music Director of the Duisburg Philharmonic from 2012-2017, General Music Director of the Danish National Opera, Aarhus from 2005–2013, Music Director of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2000–2006, and between 1997 – 2000, he was also Chief Conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, the leading contemporary ensemble in Denmark.
Bellincampi enjoys regular relationships as a guest with many orchestras around the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Royal Stockholm, Rotterdam, and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras and the St. Petersburg Symphony, and in North America, Asia, and Australia.
He also has excelled in the field of opera since making his debut with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen with “La Boheme” in 2000. He has since then conducted many of the great Italian works at the Royal Opera with particular focus on Puccini and Verdi, including leading its acclaimed new production of “Aida” at the opening of its new theater in 2005.
He also maintains close connections with many of the world’s leading opera singers, including Angela Gheorghiu, Joseph Calleja, and Roberto Alagna, regularly working with them in orchestral galas and recitals, as well as being a much-requested accompanist by leading instrumentalists such as Sarah Chang and Angela Hewitt.
Bellincampi’s extensive discography includes numerous recordings for the Da Capo and Marco Polo labels of Danish composers from the classical era through to the present day, including Holmboe, Lumbye, Joachim Andersen, Per Norgard, and the premiere recording of Weyse’s opera ‘Sovedrikken’, as well as Italian opera arias with Liping Zhang and the Prague Philharmonia, and Nielsen’s Thirds Symphony for EMI Classics, and works by Svendsen and Walton. His first recording with the Duisburg Philharmonic, featuring Nielsen’s Violin Concerto with soloist Kolja Blacher, was released in 2016.
As Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy, Bellincampi is dedicated to the work of educating coming generations of orchestra musicians and conductors. He also regularly gives master classes and serves as a jury member for a number of international conducting competitions.
In 2010 he was created a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, an award bestowed by the Danish Royal Family for services to Danish culture. He also holds the title of Cavaliere from the President of Italy for his international promotion of Italian music.
James Kibbie is Chair of the Department of Organ and University Organist at the University of Michigan. He also maintains a full schedule of concert, recording, and festival engagements throughout North America and Europe, including appearances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Dvořak Hall in Prague, and Lincoln Center in New York. A frequent jury member of international organ competitions, he has himself won the prestigious competitions of Chartres, France, and Prague, Czech Republic. His recordings include works of Bach, Buxtehude, Franck, Dupré, Alain, Tournemire, Sowande, Buck, Morrison, Ropek and Eben. His recent recordings of the complete Bach works on historic baroque organs in Germany have been welcomed with enthusiastic critical and audience acclaim. Thanks to generous support from Dr. Barbara Furin Sloat in honor of J. Barry Sloat, the University of Michigan is offering these recordings to the public as free internet downloads at www.blockmrecords.org/bach. Dr. Kibbie’s students perform frequently in concerts, competitions and workshops in the USA and abroad. His former students hold key positions in college teaching and church music nationally. Among the honors he has received, he is particularly proud of the James Kibbie Scholarship, endowed in perpetuity by the University of Michigan to support students majoring in organ performance and sacred music.
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