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Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Announces 15h Anniversary Season


01 Jul 2013

Founder and Music Director David Bernard
photo by Jennifer Taylor

The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony is pleased to announce its 15th Anniversary Season, 2013-2014. Since its founding, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has brought compelling performances of classical music to its New York audiences and worldwide with its catalogue of recordings.

The orchestra begins its season featuring two young soloists—Daniela Liebman, pianist & Jourdan Urbach, violinist—in a performance at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage of Carnegie Hall on October 27th, 2013 at 2PM. This performance marks Daniela Liebman’s Carneige Hall debut, and Jouran Urbach’s third appearance at the famed concert venue. The program includes Shostakovich’s witty Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Liebman, Brahms’ sublime Violin Concerto, featuring Urbach, as well as Tchaikovsky’s exciting and romantic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy—Overture and Dvořák’s brilliant Carnival Overture. Performances of this program will also be given on October 19th and 20th at the orchestra’s regular concert venue, All Saints Church on the Upper East Side of New York City.

On February 22nd and 23rd 2014, the orchestra will feature soprano Tamra Paselk in Barber’s poignant and dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South. Also on this program is Beethoven’s beautiful Symphony No. 2, and Bartók’s Dance Suite—written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of Buda and Pest, incorporating dances with Arabic, Wallachian and Hungarian melodies.

Finally the orchestra brings the season to a close on May 3rd and 4th, 2014 featuring award winning pianist Spencer Myer in Brahms elegant and sublime Piano Concerto No. 2, paired with Dvořák’s thrilling Symphony No. 8.

“I am extremely proud of this orchestra,” says Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s music director David Bernard. “We are thrilled to help the brilliant and talented Daniela Liebman make her Carnegie Hall debut, and bring our audiences this stella collection of soloists during our 2013-2014 season. The programs, artists and orchestra will surely delight our audiences this season.”

Tickets for the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s 2013-2014 season are now available online through SmartTix at the following link:

http://www.smarttix.com/package.aspx?showcode=PARK2

Tickets for the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s Carnegie Hall performance will be available in September. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the concert page on Carnegie Hall’s website here:

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2013/10/27/0200/PM/Park-Avenue-Chamber-Symphony/

"FIRE AND ROMANCE"
Sat. October 19, 2013 @ 8:00 PM (All Saints Church)
Sun. October 20, 2013 @ 3:00 PM (All Saints Church)
Sun. October 27, 2013 @ 2:00 PM (Carnegie Hall)

Dvořák, Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Brahms, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 (Jourdan Urbach, violin)
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 (Daniela Liebman, piano)
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture in B minor

"BRAVE, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: BEETHOVEN, BARBER & BARTÓK"
Sat. February 22, 2014 @ 8:00 PM (All Saints Church)
Sun. February 23, 2014 @ 3:00 PM (All Saints Church)

Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Barber, Knoxville Summer of 1915, Op. 24 (Tamra Paselk, soprano)
Bartók, Dance Suite, Sz 77/BB 86

"CLASSICAL NOBILITY"
Sat. May 3, 2014 @ 8:00 PM (All Saints Church)
Sun. May 4, 2014 @ 3:00 PM (All Saints Church)

Dvořák, Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 (Spencer Myer, piano)

ABOUT THE PARK AVENUE CHAMBER SYMPHONY
Since its founding in 1999, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has built a loyal following, both in New York City and worldwide through its extensive catalog of recordings on iTunes, Naxos/ClassicsOnline, Amazon and Spotify. In 2011 the orchestra toured the People’s Republic of China performing in 9 cities including Beijing, Qingdao, Dalian, Chaoyang, Jinzhou, Shenzhen, Shenyang and Xi’an.

A two-time winner of a first prize in the Orchestral Performance Competition of The American Prize (2011, 2012), the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony’s performances are acclaimed by New York Critics as “Triumphant...polished…exquisite…with a strong sense of style and commitment…with the depth and fervor of the old school European orchestras.”

The ensemble regularly features important soloists including Carter Brey (principal cellist, New York Philharmonic), David Chan (concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Jon Manasse (clarinet soloist) and Whoopi Goldberg (Oscar- winning actor and entertainer), as well as emerging artists from Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes. The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony performs at All Saints Church on the Upper East Side of NYC, with additional performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.

Through its fundraising efforts, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has helped establish a new Scholarship Fund for students at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, as well as support The Harmony Program—a New York City organization that provides music lessons to economically disadvantaged children and is modeled after Venezuela’s world-famous model of music education, “El Sistema”.

ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR DAVID BERNARD
Founding Music Director of New York City’s famed Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, DAVID BERNARD has performed in more than 20 countries on four continents. His incisive performances have been heard in many of the city’s most prestigious venues, among them Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall and The Riverside Church, as well as on radio stations WNYC and WQXR and telecast on WCBS. He and his work have been profiled in Symphony Magazine, PlaybillArts.com, The Juilliard Journal, New York’s Daily News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Bernard led the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony on a nine-city tour of the People’s Republic of China and has appeared as a guest conductor with the China Conservatory Orchestra, the China Conservatory/Ithaca College/Oberlin College Faculty Contemporary Ensemble, the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the Putnam Symphony.

A 2012 First Prize Winner of the Orchestral Conducting competition of The American Prize, David Bernard was described by the judges as "A first rate conductor--a stunning, lovely performance--masterly in shaping, phrasing, technique and expressivity. Insightful and inspired, Maestro Bernard possesses the vision and skill to build beautifully shaped interpretations of the major repertoire. A significant talent."

Devoted to the music of our own time, Bernard has presented world premières of scores by Bruce Adolphe, Chris Caswell, John Mackey and Ted Rosenthal, while distinguished concert collaborators include Carter Brey, David Chan, Catherine Cho, Pedro Díaz, Bart Feller, Whoopi Goldberg, Judith Ingolfsson, Christina Jennings, Jessica Lee, Jon Manasse, Spencer Myer, Todd Phillips and James Archie Worley.

David Bernard is passionately committed to elementary and secondary school music education, continuously developing new talent and providing solo performance experience to exciting young artists. His leadership in fundraising for music education programs has bolstered outreach, community music schools and conservatory preparatory programs - most notably the Harmony Program (a New York City initiative modeled after Venezuela’s “El Sistema”) and the Lucy Moses School. Mr. Bernard has also established the Parent’s Association Endowed Scholarship Fund at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division.

Prior to the 1999 founding of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, David Bernard served as Music Director of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island and Theater Three. He also held the post of Assistant Conductor of both the Jacksonville and Stamford symphony orchestras.

Bernard is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Stony Brook University, Tanglewood and Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and studied with Sergiu Celibdache, David Lawton, Roger Nierenberg and Arthur Weisberg.

David Bernard’s discography includes 17 albums spanning music from Vivaldi to Copland, and released on Amazon.com, iTunes, Napster and Rhapsody..

David Bernard leads the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in a performance at Carnegie Hall
photo by Jennifer Taylor




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