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- Music of George Gershwin
- June 2-3, 2017 8:00 PM
- where: Palmer Events Center directions
- conductor: David Cho
Marvel at the extraordinary showmanship of pianist Leon Bates and Broadway voices Alicia Hall Moran and Destan Owens as they bring George Gershwin’s catalog to life. Come hear your Austin Symphony and company perform some of Gershwin’s most memorable melodies, such as, “Fascinating Rhythm,” “I Got Rhythm,” “S’Wonderful,” “Summertime,” and more. Help us conclude our 106th season with these two magnificent performances.
Bring your favorite food dish and enjoy this concert in a cabaret-style setting.
All artists, programs & dates subject to change
Born in Seoul, Korea, David In-Jae Cho immigrated to the United States in 1985. David received a variety of music lessons during his childhood in Palos Verdes, California before focusing his energy exclusively on the piano. He later attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. In 1996, David won the E. Nakamichi Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and was awarded the Arthur Dann Prize at the Oberlin Conservatory.
In 1999, while acquiring his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, David was invited by Robert Spano and Seiji Ozawa to attend the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center as a Merrill Lynch Conducting Fellow. David was then invited by Larry Rachleff to study at Rice University where he served as guest conductor for the Shepherd School Orchestras while acquiring his Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting. David was subsequently invited by the Vienna Philharmonic to serve as an Assistant Conductor. As the recipient of the Karajan Fellowship, David has enjoyed residencies at the annual Salzburg Festival in Austria. In 2003, David was invited by Leonard Slatkin to participate in the National Conducting Institute during which time he made his début with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
During the 2003-2004 season, David was selected to spend a year as the Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony under the mentorship of Michael Tilson Thomas. While on tour with the New World Symphony in New York City, David made his Carnegie Hall début conducting works by Copland and Tchaikovsky. During the orchestra’s Rome tour, David made his début at the Academy of Santa Cecilia conducting works by Luciano Berio and John Adams. David was then invited by his mentor Larry Rachleff to serve as the Resident Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2006. During the 2006-2007 season, David held the Bruno Walter Resident Conductor Chair with the ensemble.
During his tenure as the Associate Conductor of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (2006-2011), David won First Prize at the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico City which resulted in numerous conducting engagements in Europe, Asia and South America. He has conducted the symphonies of Seattle, Houston, Memphis, Fort Wayne, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. He has collaborated with such guest artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Chang, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jennifer Koh, Leila Josefowicz, Jennifer Frautschi and Alexander Kobrin. During previous summers, David made appearances at the Aspen Music Festival and the Grand Teton Music Festival.
After heralded guest appearances with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and 2009, David was appointed as the orchestra’s seventh Music Director in 2011. He began his tenure with the LSO in the 2012-2013 season and is now actively involved in community engagements.
As one of America’s leading pianists, Leon Bates has earned for himself a place on the international concert circuit. His performance schedule includes dates across the United States, in Canada, Italy, France, Austria, Ireland, England as well as Africa. He is invited to perform on the major concert stages around the world and audiences and critics find his musical spirit to possess all the elements of greatness.
Mr. Bates has performed with many of the major U.S. symphonies such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the Boston Symphony among others.
In Europe, he has performed with the Vienna Symphony, the Basel Symphony, the Radio-Orchestra of Dublin, the Strasbourg Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Malmo Symphony of Sweden and more. Whether in recital or as a soloist with orchestra, his praises are enumerated in many different languages—but they are all in agreement on one point: Leon Bates is a major artist and one of America’s best.
Alicia Hall Moran starred as Bess on the National Tour of Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. She also portrayed Bess on Broadway (as Understudy and then as Alternate) in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production. Ms. Moran is in demand as an interpreter of Gershwin: Jazz@Lincoln Center’s Gershwin & Beyond, National Symphony Orchestra Pops’ Forever Gershwin (2016), and Gershwin Medley with fellow BPI Artist Joseph Joubert for Museum of Modern Art and The Rainbow Room. Recent jazz engagements include the legendary Stone, the Village Vanguard, and festivals abroad (Norway, Japan, Belgium) with pianist husband Jason Moran. Ms. Moran has performed critically acclaimed shows for the 2015 Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art, Boston’s Gardner Museum, and ArtPublic for Miami Art Basel.
Destan Owens has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Rent. Off-Broadway, National tours, and other credits include The Who’s Tommy, Sisterella, Chicago, Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holiday, Yo’ Alice, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Soul Possessed, It Happened In Little Rock, Carmen, Trouble In Tahiti and A Little Night Music. His television and film credits include Marie And Bruce, Get Rich Or Die Trying, Across The Universe and 30 Rock. Mr. Owens has also been a soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and The Long Island Philharmonic.
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