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Exciting young conductor, cellist take stage for final BPO concert before holiday season

by jmaloni
Wed, Nov 28th 2012 07:00 am

A highly-sought-after cellist with an acting career. A dynamic conductor who has won the JoAnn Falletta Award for Most Promising Female Conductor. These two guest artists make the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's last concert before the holiday season sure to be a memorable evening.

"Romantic Treasures" will unite cellist Zuill Bailey and conductor Sarah Ioannides onstage with the BPO in performance of some of classical music's most heartfelt works, including "Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Schubert's Unfinished Symphony," the "Polovetsian Dances from the Borodin opera Prince Igor," and "Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1."

When Bailey comes to Buffalo, he will perform on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. Bailey is known for his technical wizardry, his artistry and his vibrant personality. In addition to his thriving career as a soloist, chamber artist, teacher and recording artist, he had recurring roles on the HBO series "Oz" and the NBC series "Homicide."

Bailey will also teach a free cello masterclass at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo. After both concerts, audiences will have the chance to meet Bailey at his CD signing in the lobby.

Chautauqua Symphony audiences enjoyed a concert with Ioannides at the podium this summer, and she has returned to the region to enthrall Buffalo audiences. She has been widely hailed as one of the leading young British/American conductors in the world today. Her past positions have included assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony; music director of the El Paso Symphony; and assistant conductor to Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun. Currently music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, she is known for community outreach and innovative programming. She has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including the JoAnn Falletta Award for the most promising female conductor.

"Romantic Treasures" will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Kleinhans Music Hall. One hour prior to each concert, patrons have the opportunity to learn more about the music they will hear and ask questions at a pre-concert "Musically Speaking" talk, sponsored by Uniland Development. Tickets for "Romantic Treasures" start at $27 and are available by calling 716-885-5000 or visiting www.bpo.org.

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