October 24, 2019
Concert Time: 8:00 pm
Arr. Ricketts - Hello, Goodbye
Bach - Selections from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Goulet - Beatles Fantasy
Arr. Custar - The Best of the Beatles
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will be making another visit to Corpus Christi University Parish on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 8 PM! Following last year's incredible performance of the music of the iconic film composer John Williams, this year’s performance also has a more contemporary feel featuring a concert titled “Beatles Fantasy.” This orchestral performance of the music of the legendary English rock band will feature the return of conductor Alain Trudel, as well as violinist Téa Prokes.
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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.
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.
Téa Prokes joined the first violin section of the Toledo Symphony in January of 2013 and assumed her current position as associate concertmaster in the fall of 2014.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, she began studying the violin at Buffalo Suzuki Strings at the age of four. Téa pursued her studies with Peter Zazofsky, first violinist of the Muir String Quartet, at Boston University where she was awarded Bachelor of Music degrees in violin performance and music education. Highlights from her undergraduate career include a semester abroad at the Royal College of Music in London, England, performances for the BU InCite Arts Festival in New York City, and masterclass performances with Peter Hill and Roman Totenberg. Having earned a place on the BU Dean’s List with Distinction every semester, she was particularly proud to graduate with the Boston University Departmental Award for outstanding achievement in Music Education in 2008.
She continued her studies at the University of Michigan as a student of Yehonatan Berick where she completed Master of Music degrees in violin performance and chamber music. While at Michigan, she was concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Rosseels Graduate String Quartet. She graduated summa cum laude and continued to perform local recitals as part of the Rosseels String Quartet while auditioning for symphony orchestras. Some past orchestral appointments include: assistant concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony, violinist with the Flint and Lansing Symphony Orchestras and the Arbor Opera Theater, substitute violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and two summers with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony on numerous series performing works by Vaughn Williams, Vivaldi, and Schnittke, and was honored to perform the world premier of Hewitt Jones Christmas Party! in 2017. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the Amherst Symphony, and the Clarence Summer Orchestra.
Téa enjoys supplementing her orchestral career with as much chamber music as possible and is frequently featured on the Toledo Symphony chamber music series. Performing the Bach Goldberg Variations as part of Bach Around the Clock- a sunrise to sunset performance experience in 2016, and again on the TSO chamber series in 2017 was a true career highlight.
At home in Ann Arbor, Téa teaches private lessons to a studio of enthusiastic students and enjoys cooking gluten free food, rock climbing (safely!) with her incredibly supportive husband Carl, and petting her cat Fuzz, who, unfortunately, dislikes the sound of the violin.
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