Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon

Valentine Theatre

October 27, 2018

Concert Time: 2:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Ran Dank, piano
Lauraine Carpenter, trumpet

Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 1
Mozart - Symphony No. 41 in C Major "Jupiter"

Back by popular demand, pianist Ran Dank returns for Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 composed in the wake of Soviet government censorship. The performance closes with the last symphonic composition of Mozart's illustrious career, the giant and grand Jupiter Symphony.

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Recently appointed Music Director of the Toledo Symphony (USA), conductor Alain Trudel has been praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician and performer” (La Presse). He is also Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Guest conductor of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Trudel was also the CBC Radio Orchestra conductor, taking the orchestra to new heights of artistic quality, as well as public and critical acclaim.

Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada as well as orchestras in the UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia and Latin America. Trudel made his Opera de Montréal debut in 2009 in Mozart’s Magic Flute and conducted the live recording of their 30th anniversary gala. He has been a regular guest since and in March 2017 he conducted to great acclaim (“The entire audience was on its feet for another standing ovation, with concertgoers shouting “wow” and “bravo.” Rolling Stone Magazine, “The Wall Triumphs in Montréal.”  Le Figaro, Paris) the world premiere operatic version of “The Wall”. Trudel will also lead the american premiere at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2018.

Always committed to upcoming generations of musicians, Trudel was Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2012 to 2014 and has regularly been invited to conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. From 2011 to 2015 Trudel was Professor and conductor of the orchestra and opera orchestra at the University of Western and is now guess professor for orchestra and opera at the University of Ottawa.

First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” (Le monde de la musique), Alain Trudel has been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu festival (Japan). Alain is also a respected composer with performances across America and in Asia.

Alain Trudel was the first Canadian to be a Yamaha international artist, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Virginia Parker, Charles Cros (France), Opus prize and Heinz Unger prizes. He has been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012.


Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify Ran Dank’s pianism and musicality.  He is a deeply engaging performer in recital, chamber music, and with orchestra.

Dank begin the 2018/19 season with returns to the Santa Fe and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals, and the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival where he plays a duo recital with pianist Soyeon Kate Lee.  They repeat their duo concert at the Yale School of Music – plus masterclass – in September.  Ran plays guest weeks this season with the Eugene, Toledo, and Hawaii Symphonies in Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety, Shostakovich Piano Cto. No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Cto. No. 2.   Recitals include a return to the Pro Musica San Miguel de Allende (Bach/Ronald Stevenson/ Liszt/Schumann), a duo recital with Augustin Hadelich on the Linton series in Cincinnati, and a special performance with commentary of Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never be Defeated on San Francisco Performances Pivot series.

In recent seasons Ran Dank has performed Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Portland Symphony, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Spokane Symphony and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety with the Kansas City Symphony and Michael Stern for their season finale in June 2018.  He played chamber music with the Amernet Quartet at Maverick Concerts, where he is a regular guest, and duo recitals with Soyeon Kate Lee for the Hilton Head Symphony and the Cleveland Piano Competition.   As a husband and wife team, their duo recitals have also been presented at Portland Ovations, the Smithsonian Institute, Linton Music, Ames Town and Gown Association in Iowa, at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, where they premiered Alexander Goehr’s Seven Impromptus for two Pianos, and at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, where they played the premiere of F. Rzewski’s Four Hands.  Solo recitals include those at Ravinia, the Gilmore, the Philip Lorenz Keyboard series in Fresno, and Town Hall in New York presented by People’s Symphony.

Ran Dank completed Doctoral studies with Ursula Oppens and Richard Goode 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.  He is Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is the recipient of numerous honors:  a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009 and a subsequent New York recital debut sponsored by YCA and the Jerome L.Greene Foundation at Merkin Hall. He is a laureate of the Cleveland and Sydney International Competitions, the Naumburg Piano Competition, and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.



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