Press Release, Mar. 17, 2012

The York Symphony welcomes Brazilian conductor Rafael Luz to the podium for its next series of concerts, celebrating “Northern Images.” 

March 17, 2012

Mr. Luz, who has conducted and taught in his own country as well as in New York City, is currently completing his Doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Toronto.

The guest soloist for these concerts, playing the enormously popular romantic masterpiece, Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, is York Region’s own Maggie Ho. 

Originally from Markham, Maggie began her piano studies at the age of four under the instruction of Sau Kiun Yeung, and has come a long way since then. Having earned her A.R.C.T. and many performance prizes and scholarships over the past several years, she has performed at the Burgos Music Festival in Spain and at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Maggie was a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and graduated from the University of Toronto with her Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy under the instruction of Dr.Midori Koga.

Also on Maestro Luz’ program are two other orchestral crowd pleasers from the romantic period.  Hector Berlioz is regarded as one of the great orchestrators, and his Roman Carnival Overture is a riotous romp that makes full use of every colour and texture the modern orchestra has to offer.

Completing the program in majestic fashion is the Sixth Symphony, in D Major, of Antonin Dvořák. This major work by one of the great romantic symphonists is sometimes overlooked in favour of the more popular last three symphonies, but has as much claim to greatness as any in the repertoire.

The concerts are Saturday, April 14th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday April 15th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for April 14th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday April 15th, call 905 787-8811 or go online at Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.


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