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Robert Manno, conductor


Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter (CLICK HERE for directions)

This concert is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation

Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra: Works by Vivaldi, Shulman, Mozart, Mahler and Haydn

The Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra with 24 musicians, featuring the wind players (flute, 2 oboes and 2 horns) will return for their annual Thanksgiving weekend concert this year performing works by Vivaldi, Shulman, Mozart, Mahler and Haydn. The program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Horns and Strings; Shulman's A Nocturne for Strings; Mozart’s Concerto #2 for Flute and Orchestra; an excerpt from Mahler's Symphony #3; and, Haydn’s Symphony #24.

Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra was formed in 2000 by conductor Robert Manno and has performed at the Windham Civic Centre Concert Hall and the Doctorow Center for the Arts. The orchestra comprises the finest musicians from the New York area and includes current and former members of the MET Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, NYC Opera Orchestra, NYC Ballet Orchestra, Mostly Mozart festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many other esteemed New York area ensembles. Since 2000 American Public Media's "Performance Today" (formerly carried by National Public Radio) has chosen many performances by the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra with conductor/composer Robert Manno for broadcast nationwide. The orchestra plans to make its New York City Debut at Merkin Hall in 2014 performing 20th and 21st Century American Music.

Robert Manno is Co-Director of the Windham Chamber Music Festival, an award-winning composer, and a conductor whose many performances from the Windham Festival and the Catskill Mountain Foundation have been featured nationally on “Performance Today.” The Atlanta Audio Society has described him as “a composer of serious music of considerable depth and spiritual beauty.” He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and New York University. A former singer, he was a member of the New York City Opera Chorus from 1967-1977 and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus from 1977-2001. In 2002 he served as an assistant conductor on the Metropolitan Opera Music Staff. His music has been performed throughout the US and in Wales, UK and has been performed on “Performance Today” as well as on many public radio stations including overseas on the Armed Forces Network. He has just completed the music to a full-length opera about the poet, Dylan Thomas, preliminary excerpts of which were performed in May 2008 by the New York City Opera Orchestra with soloists including soprano Emily Pulley and baritone Timothy Mix.



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