Programme: Valentine’s Variety Gala
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Jules Massenet: “Je marche sur le chemins” from Manon
Aram Khachaturian: Adagio from Spartacus
Léo Delibes: “Ou va la jeune Indoue” from Lakmé
Edward Elgar: Salut d’amour
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliette (Fantasy Overture)
Celebrate Valentine’s Week with the JPO!
Conductor: William Eddins
William Eddins (born December 9, 1964, Buffalo, New York) is an American pianist and conductor. He served as music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra from 2005 until 2017. Eddins has served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and assistant to Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera. In 2000, Eddins received the Seaver Conducting Award (funded by the Seaver Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts), a triennial grant awarded to exceptionally gifted young American conductors.
As a conductor, Eddins is eclectic in his preferences. A classicist in his approach to the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, he usually favours North American repertoire in his programming. Music by Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, and Antheil figure prominently in his performances. He is fascinated with the music of Lili Boulanger. Eddins has collaborated with such contemporary composers as Steve Reich, Steven Stucky, Oskar Morawetz, Malcolm Forsyth, Allan Gilliland, John Estacio, and Aaron Jay Kernis.
Soloist – Zandile Mzazi (soprano)
Zandile Mzazi is a South African born Opera Singer, an artist at the Wien Opera House, a 1st price winner of the LJUBA WELITSCH International Singing Competition, a 7th Mbokodo Award recipient, A Mellon Foundation Scholarship recipient, Arts and Culture International seasons performance coordinator. She has appeared in many functions/Operas/Recitals both locally and Internationally. To name just a few: She had an honour and a privilege to perform in the presence of many Heads of State, just to name a few…. the late Nelson Mandela, Former President Mr Mbeki, former President Mr Zuma, The Chinese President and 50 from the African Continent at large. She headlined the Official opening of the BRICS SUMMIT Launch in 2015/2016.
She is currently a freelance artist living in between Europe and South AFrica and recently had an opportunity to perform in France in honour of Eda Pierre. A Tribute Concert in memory of Janani Luwum of Uganda were she sang for guests which included the Bishop of York and The President of Uganda, which took place in Uganda. She also was invited to sing in yet another Tribute Concert of Aime Cesare and Josephine de Beauharnais( the Empress of France), which took place in a French Island called Martinique where she performed arias by Spontini. Zandile was selected by the late Monserrat Caballe after she had her singing in her Masterclass to perform in Montserrat Caballe’s Gala concert held in Zaragoza. She has also participated in the Mirella freni Master class as well as performing in Festivals that were held in Vienna and France.
Soloist – Goran Krivokapic (guitarist)
A native of Montenegro, guitarist Goran Krivokapić made a reputation as an inimitable talent at a young age for his musical and technical prowess, displayed through his public performances, which inspired the famous Montenegrin poet and TV personality Dragan Radulovic to produce a documentary about him in 1993. Today he sets a new standard for Classical Guitar performance with his distinctive interpretations of old and new repertoire. As an artist, lecturer and adjudicator, he is a frequent guest at many international festivals. His musical focus is on the development of new works for classical guitar through his own transcriptions of the Baroque and Classical era, while collaborating with contemporary composers.
Born in Belgrade in 1979, Goran Krivokapić started his music education in Montenegro. Prior to graduating with distinction at the Maastricht Conservatorium (the Netherlands) in 2005, he won first prize in seventeen international guitar competitions, including the 2000 Andrés Segovia in Almuñecar, the 2003 Fernando Sor in Rome and the 2004 Guitar Foundation of America. Krivokapić has received several honorary awards, including The Golden Guitar award at the 2005 Tenth International Guitar Convention in Alessandria for the best up-and-coming guitarist. He has given solo recitals and masterclasses in North and South America and all over Europe.