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BRAHMS’ FIRST
Friday, February 8, 2019
7:30 PM - Singletary Center for the Arts

LexPhil welcomes former principal flautist Emma Gerstein back to Lexington as soloist for D’Rivera’s Gran Danzón (concerto for flute and orchestra) paired with Gabriela Lena Frank’s colorful Concertino Cusqueño. The evening closes with Brahms’ first symphony, the work that solidified him as a classical giant.

Daniel Brier, guest conductor
Emma Gerstein, flute

 
 

REBROADCAST DATES

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Friday, March 22, 2019at 8 PM - CLASSIC 102.1
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 8 PM - WEKU 88.9

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

DANIEL BRIER,   GUEST CONDUCTOR

DANIEL BRIER,
GUEST CONDUCTOR


Daniel Brier is the Resident Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of Opera Wilmington. Highlights of his 2018-19 season include a new production of La Bohème with Opera Wilmington as well as conducting debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and Lexington Philharmonic. In recent seasons, he has guest conducted the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Adrian Symphony, Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, and Andrews Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Rachel Barton Pine, Pablo Sainz-Villegas, and Bobby McFerrin.

Previously, Daniel was Interim Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Spectrum Orchestra, Cover Conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor of the University of Michigan Orchestras, and conductor of the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers. In 2010, he was awarded a prize for his “exceptional conducting” during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s International Conducting Competition. Later, in 2012, Daniel received an invitation to study with John Nelson at the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Mr. Brier has conducted in masterclasses with Giancarlo Guerrero, Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, Carl Topilow, and Ragnar Bohlin. 

Daniel Brier received his musical training at the University of Michigan’s renowned conducting program, earning degrees in orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and choral conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone. While at the University of Michigan, he served as an assistant conductor for the world premiere recording of Milhaud’s L’Orestie d'Eschyle conducted by Kenneth Kiesler. Recorded live on Naxos, the album earned a GRAMMY® nomination in 2015. He is a recipient of the Julian and Vera McIntosh scholarship for promising young musicians and conductors, the Dr. Charlene Archibeque scholarship for choral conductors, and the Dorothy Greenwald scholarship.


EMMA GERSTEIN,   FLUTE

EMMA GERSTEIN,
FLUTE

Emma Gerstein is the second flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed to the post in 2017 by Music Director Riccardo Muti. Before her appointment to the CSO, she appeared with the Orchestra as a guest several times, including performances during the Asia 2016 tour with Riccardo Muti. Prior to joining the CSO, Gerstein most recently served as the section Principal Flute of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. 

Prior to her position with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Gerstein was a Flute Fellow at the New World Symphony from 2013-16 and Principal Flute of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in Kentucky for the 2012/13 season. 

In addition, she has performed as part of the flute section with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and as guest principal flute with the Seattle Symphony. Emma has participated in the Aspen, Spoleto USA, Sarasota, Orford and Cabrillo festivals. 

A native of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Gerstein began her flute studies at age 8 with Susan Levitin and was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She went on to study at Manhattan School of Music with Robert Langevin and at Indiana University with Thomas Robertello. 

Gerstein has taught privately in Auckland and has given master classes at the University of Kentucky and Auckland University. In the summer of 2017, Gerstein and harpist Emily Granger performed together as part of a recital tour of Australia and New Zealand. 

PRE-CONCERT BUFFET & HAPPY HOUR AT THE HILARY J. BOONE CENTER


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Friday, February 8th 2019
First buffet seating begins at 5:00 pm.
Buffet Tickets: $28++ | Complimentary Parking!
Walk to the Singletary Center for the Arts after dining.


HAPPY HOUR: Begins at 5:00 PM, complimentary appetizers and cash bar! No reservation required for Happy Hour.

Please make a buffet reservation by calling The Boone Center at 859.257.1133.


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