Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

October 19, 2019

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Alain Trudel, conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Robert Clemens, narrator
Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras

Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture
Dukas – Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Daugherty – Tombeau de Liberace
Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain
Stookey & Snicket – The Composer is Dead

It’s a musical celebration of the most mysterious time of year—with a few laughs thrown in! From the music of Fantasia to Ann Arbor composer Michael Daugherty’s tribute to the high-living showman, Liberace—this program is sure to entertain! End the night with a fun musical mystery. With whimsical music by Nathaniel Stookey and macabre author Lemony Snicket, The Composer is Dead will leave you guessing until the very end!

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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. Continue Reading

 

Considered the most prolific artist of his generation, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements in performance, recordings, chamber music, champion of new music, composer, arranger and educator. Among his recent recordings and performances, Mr. Biegel performed the World Premiere of Giovanni Allevi's 'Concerto for Piano and Orchestra' with Orchestra Kentucky and in Milan's Teatro dal Vermes, recording with Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana. During 2018, Naxos released Kenneth Fuchs's Grammy-nominated recording, "Piano Concerto: Spiritualist" featuring Mr. Biegel with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and, he performed the World Premiere of Christopher Theofanidis's "Concerto no. 2 for Piano and Orchestra" with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina conducting. In 2019, Grammy award composer, Dick Tunney unveils the new "Peanuts Concerto" for piano and orchestra based on music by Vince Guaraldi. Equally championing pop music icons, Mr. Biegel has brought Jimmy Webb's 'Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra' to the public and, PDQ Bach's 'Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra' by Peter Schickele with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The first solo digital recording on Mr. Biegel's Naturally Sharp label will be released in 2019, titled, 'A Pianist's Journey', and, in 2020, he will premiere Jim Stephenson's first piano concerto titled, "Water"- in both its life-sustaining and destructive forces, and Daniel Perttu's "The Planets Odyssey".

A leading pioneer of concerto projects joining multiple orchestras as a model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium Fantasy' premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000, followed by concerto projects featuring composers Charles Strouse, Lowell Libermann, William Bolcom, Richard Danielpour, Jake Runestad, Lucas Richman, and Kenneth Fuchs.  An avid composer, Mr. Biegel's choral music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Carl Fischer, Porfiri & Horvath and The LeDor Group. Leonard Bernstein said of pianist Jeffrey Biegel: "He played fantastic Liszt. He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer." These comments launched Mr. Biegel's 1986 New York recital debut, as the third recipient of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. He studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel, and is currently on faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY).

Listen ahead to Night on Bald Mountain!

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