Press Release, November 12, 2013

For its next pair of concerts the York Symphony is thrilled to welcome as soloist the young Canadian clarinetist Michael Dassios.  Michael has already enjoyed great success as a soloist and chamber musician.  He has won both the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Open Winds and Brass Concerto Competition. As an orchestral performer, Michael trained in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra for two seasons, and is currently pursuing an Artist’s Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he is studying with Joaquin Valdepeñas. He will be performing Weber’s Clarinet Concerto #1 with the orchestra.


On the podium for these concerts will be one of the YSO’s favourite guests, the Brazilian conductor Rafael Luz. After starting his conducting career in Sao Paulo, Mr. Luz moved to New York City in 2008 where he earned his Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Queens College. During this time, he worked as the assistant conductor of the Oratorio Society of Queens and the Queens College Symphony Orchestra in New York, and the New Britain Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut. Recently, he moved to Toronto to start his Doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Toronto.


In addition to the concerto, Maestro Luz will lead the orchestra in Grieg’s popular Peer Gynt Suite #1 and Dvorak’s orchestral masterpiece, the Symphony #9 “From the New World.”


The concerts are Saturday, November 23rd at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday November 24th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for November 23rd may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday November 24th call 905 787-8811 or go online at Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.