Investar Bank Masterworks II
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:30PM
Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Music Director – Timothy Muffitt Guest Artist – Dennis Parker, cello
(Baton Rouge, La.) The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will hold the second concert of the 2013-2014 Season on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:30PM at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Investar Bank Masterworks II will feature cellist Dennis Parker.
The evening opens with Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Sleeping Beauty. Tchaikovsky transformed the landscape of Russian music with his unique and remarkable style. Never before had ballet music had such color, passion and sense of character. While Tchaikovsky cites Mozart as a primary influence, his own influence spans far and wide. That influence is especially heard his musical descendants, among them Shostakovich and Stravinsky, whom is also heard on this program. Stravinsky was so fond of Tchaikovsky, he penned his “Fairy’s Kiss” as an homage to the master, blending melodies and musical idioms of Tchaikovsky with Stravinsky’s own unique voice.
A Haymon Professor of Music, Dennis Parker has taught Cello and String Chamber Music at the Louisiana State University School of Music since 1988. Parker will join Maestro Muffitt and the orchestra for Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.
Prior to his tenure at LSU, Parker served as Principal Cellist of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A committed pedagogue, Parker has recorded and released several DVDs and recordings with the Centaur label, including Cello Matters, which features music for cello and piano by Liduino Pitombeira, Daniel Schnyder, David Baker, and Astor Piazzolla, and Uplifting Discoveries from a Generation Lost, a recording of chamber music by composers who perished in the Holocaust.
Ticket holders are invited to the concert hall an hour prior for a pre-concert discussion with Music Director, Timothy Muffitt. Music lovers agree –Baton Rouge Symphony concerts are even more enjoyable when you know a little about the music. This feature allows patrons to gain
insight into composers’ lives, historical background of pieces, and other pieces of musical knowledge. Join Maestro Muffitt in his Concert Conversations one hour prior to each Investar Bank Masterworks concert (6:30PM). They are held in the River Center Theatre and are included at no charge with a concert ticket.
The entire Masterworks Series is sponsored by Investar Bank. This performance of Masterworks II is sponsored by Adams and Reese, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and Amedisys.
Supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.
This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
This program is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and Baton Rouge Metro Council.
TICKETS: The event will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:30PM. Single tickets range from $25 to $55, depending on seating selections. Tickets can be obtained immediately from the Baton Rouge Symphony Box Office at (225) 383-0500 extension 100 or www.brso.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Baton Rouge Symphony Executive Offices, 7330 Highland Road. On concert night, tickets will be on sale at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts – doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets selling fast!
ABOUT DENNIS PARKER, CELLO Dennis Parker was born in New York City and began his cello studies at the age of six. He received his early training with Channing Robbins of the Juilliard School, and later earned degrees from Indiana University and Yale University, where he worked with Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, respectively. Inspired by a variety of musical activity, Parker performs frequently as a soloist, recitalist, collaborator, and guest professor at universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent tours have taken him to Asia, South and Central America, and Eastern and Western Europe. He is actively involved in the expansion of the existing cello repertoire and has transcribed many works for his instrument. A Haymon Professor of Music, Parker has taught Cello and String Chamber Music at the Louisiana State University School of Music since 1988. Prior to his tenure at LSU, Parker served as Principal Cellist of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
A committed pedagogue, Parker released a DVD and instructional manual, the “Popper Manifesto” in 2002. This project remains the first and only complete recorded performance of
David Popper’s “High School of Cello Playing.” Parker’s CDs with the Centaur label include Cello Matters, which features music for cello and piano by Liduino Pitombeira, Daniel Schnyder, David Baker, and Astor Piazzolla, and Uplifting Discoveries from a Generation Lost, a recording of chamber music by composers who perished in the Holocaust (Erwin Schulhoff, Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullmann and Hans Krasa). He has also recorded Volume 1 of Stolen Sonatas with pianist, Jennifer Hayghe, which includes his own transcriptions of Debussy’s Sonata for Violin, Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute, and Enesco’s Sonata No.3 for Violin and Piano. Homage to Fiddlers, a recording of Russian composer/pianist Ivan Sokolov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Piano Trio, and Duos for Cello and Violin by Viktor Kalabis and Jan Vicar, with violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, was released in 2010 by Ariel Ventures.
This year Parker is a recipient of an ATLAS grant (Awards To Louisiana Artists and Scholars) from the Louisiana Board of Regents. Through its generous support, he is creating three independent recording projects. Parker’s transcriptions of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major” K219, and “Sinfonia Concertante in Eb for Violin and Viola” K364 is the first recording of these works adapted as Cello Concerti. Concurrent with the CD’s release is the publication of editions of Parker’s transcriptions. The second CD will feature the entire cello output of distinguished Brazilian composer, Walter Burle Marx. Parker gave the world premiere of his Cello Concerto in 2006 in Brasilia with the Brazilian National Orchestra, its U.S. premiere in 2009 with the L.S.U. Symphony, and in January 2013 the work was premiered in Turkey with the Istanbul State Orchestra. The third CD will showcase new works for solo cello: Scott Eggert’s “Uccello” (bird), and Viktor Kalabis’s “Rondo Drammatico” and “Drei Monologies”, among others.
When not playing cello, Parker, an avid woodworker and sculptor, creates objects that extend his musical expression and complement the delicate act of performance with the risky business of maneuvering wood through various cutting and shaping devices. For more information: www.dennisparkerland.com
ABOUT THE BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Founded in 1947, the Baton Rouge Symphony is the oldest arts organization in the region and the oldest professional orchestra in the state. Its programs include a Symphony League, a Symphony Chorus, and the Louisiana Youth Orchestras. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra also reaches over 7,000 young people per year while conducting numerous education and outreach programs.
In 1999, during the Baton Rouge Symphony’s 50th anniversary season, Dr. Timothy Muffitt was selected as Music Director and still currently holds the position. In 2007, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of David Torns, Music Director of the Louisiana Youth Orchestras, to the position of Assistant Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Dr. David Shaler was appointed as Chorus Master of the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus.
The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s season consists of a nine-concert Masterworks series as well as a three-concert Chamber Series. The Chamber Series is sponsored by Carole and Charles Lamar. The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation “Great Performers in Concert” series has brought world-class talent to Louisiana’s capital city for the past ten years. These one-night only
concerts in collaboration with the orchestra have featured artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, Itzhak Perlman, and Natalie Cole. Most recently, the Series celebrated its 10-year Anniversary with the legendary Diana Ross in February, 2013 and Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in May, 2013.
The mission of the Baton Rouge Symphony is to develop and maintain a financially-sound, first-class symphony orchestra with a regional and national profile which will provide education and cultural enrichment for the people of the greater Baton Rouge region and neighboring communities.
Baton Rouge Symphony programs are made possible in part by: a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency. Also supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council. Also made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and Baton Rouge Metro Council.
ABOUT TIMOTHY MUFFITT, MUSIC DIRECTOR Now in his 15th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Timothy Muffitt continues to appear with other prominent orchestras around the country. Recent seasons have included return engagements with the San Francisco Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony along with his debut at The Hollywood Bowl. Other recent engagements have taken Muffitt to the St. Louis, Tulsa, Wichita, Houston, Phoenix, Edmonton, and Spokane Symphonies, Columbus Ohio’s Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra in Chicago and the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony among others. Muffitt is also Music Director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held for 8 years.
Along with continued growth in artistic excellence, Muffitt’s work has been marked by innovative, imaginative programming. A strong proponent of community arts education, Muffitt has been very active in the venues of radio and lecture, presenting arts-enrichment programs through a variety of formats for diverse audiences.
Formerly Associate Conductor with the Austin Symphony, Muffitt was also Artistic Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic’s Casual Classics Series in New Orleans. It was for his work in that position, that Mr. Muffitt was awarded a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the American Federation of Musicians.
Prominent performers and composers with whom Mr. Muffitt has worked include Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Andre Watts, Alicia de Larrocha, Pinchas Zukerman, Van Cliburn, Lynn Harrell, Itzhak Perlman, and composers John Cage, Joseph Schwantner, Ellen Taffe Zwilich, John Harbison, Joan Tower and Bernard Rands among others. In addition to his work with professional orchestras, Mr. Muffitt is also Music Director of the Chautauqua
Institution’s Music School Festival Orchestra, one of the country’s premiere orchestral training ensembles.
Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mr. Muffitt began his musical studies at age seven on the piano and later added viola and trumpet. He received his conducting training at the Eastman School of Music, studying with David Effron, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. ABOUT INVESTAR BANK Investar Bank is a full service Community Bank headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The bank offers a full array of banking products and services for individuals, professionals and small and medium-sized businesses, including mortgage loans and construction loans. We offer a number of services that used to be reserved only for the large banks, such as bill paying services, cash management and real time balances. We also offer electronic transactions eliminating the need to run down to the bank. Local ownership and control allow Investar Bank to serve customers more efficiently and effectively. Investar Bank competes on the basis of quality and variety of its services and products. Our staff is knowledgeable, attentive and highly trained to provide the highest standard of customer service. At Investar Bank, you are the focus and you will not feel overlooked or underserved.