Stamford Symphony’s Season Begins Oct 14 with Events for Adults and Kids

Lidiya Yankovskaya conductor 09-24-17

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Lidiya Yankovskaya

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Stamford Symphony Orchestra’s “Maestro 2017-2018 Season” begins Saturday, Oct. 14 with a pre-concert gala and opening weekend conducted by the first of five finalist conductors who will take the podium this season.

There will also be a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15.  Kids get free admission Sunday with an accompanying adult.

— an announcement from Stamford Symphony

Before the Sunday concert, children ages 7-12 are invited to a free MusiKids interactive education program at 2 p.m. in the Upper Lobby of the Palace Theatre.

Meet Guest Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya

If there were a futures market for classical music, the touts would be pushing Lidiya Yankovskaya.” –WBUR

Recently named the Music Director of Chicago Opera Theatre and Artistic Director of Boston New Music Festival, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Music Director of Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, Guest Chorus Master for numerous programs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tanglewood Festival Chorus), and Conductor for Boston Youth Orchestra.

Lidiya Yankovskaya conductor 09-24-17

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Lidiya Yankovskaya

Ms. Yankovskaya has a BA in music and philosophy from Vassar College and an MM in conducting from Boston University.  She is also the recipient of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship Program and Dallas Opera Institute for Women Conductors Program.

Ms Yankovskaya will be leading the Stamford Symphony in an all-Russian musical program that features works by Tchaikovsky, Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov. The audience will have a chance to hear Ms. Yankovskaya as she hosts the always FREE Behind the Baton lecture one hour pre-concert.

Violinist Stefan Jackiw

Joining Ms. Yankovskaya and the Stamford Symphony during opening weekend is violinist, Stefan Jackiw performing Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in D Major.

Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique.

Hailed for playing of “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, among others.

Stefan is also an active recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Caramoor, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, The 92nd Street Y in NYC and with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society among others.

As a chamber musician, Jackiw has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma and Gil Shaham.

Born in 1985 to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four.  His teachers included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.  He lives in New York City.

Opening Night Benefit Dinner

PRELUDE, Stamford Symphony’s Opening Night Benefit Dinner and Concert will be held starting in the upper lobby of the Palace Theatre. This year’s gala honors Barbara Soroca, Stamford Symphony’s CEO and President, for her 39 years of service to Stamford Symphony.

This Black and White themed event will be catered by Marcia Selden Catering and will feature a cocktail hour with live music, dinner and silent auction followed by the Opening Night concert.

If You’re Going …
  • All proceeds benefit Stamford Symphony and its education programs.
  • Individual tickets and tables of 10 are available, starting at $350.
  • Please contact Patron Services for more information 203.325.1407 x 10.
Stamford Symphony’s Maestro Search Season

As part of the Maestro Search Season, all audience members will be able to share their thoughts about each conductor. Audience feedback surveys will be inserted into the program book and ushers will be collecting completed surveys immediately after the concerts.

Stamford Symphony encourages all concertgoers to participate. We value your input. As the Stamford Symphony and our audience embark on the journey to choose our next podium leader, it is important to attend each concert this season.

Subscriptions and Single Tickets Are Now on Sale
  • Stamford Symphony subscriptions available online or via Patron Services at 203.325.1407, x10.
  • Single tickets are available via the box office at 203.325.4466 or online.
Details of the 2017-2018 Program
October 14 & 15, 2017
Tchaikovsky & Rimsky-Korsakov: Opening Weekend 
Guest Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya
Glinka  Ruslan & Lyudmilla: Overture
Rimsky Korsakov  Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Tchaikovsky  Violin Concerto in D Major, Stefan Jackiwviolin
November 4 & 5, 2017
Beethoven, Ravel & Stravinksy
Guest Conductor: Daniel Hege
Brahms  Hungarian Dance No. 5
Beethoven  Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Orion Weiss, piano
Ravel  Le Tombeau de Couperin
Stravinsky  Firebird: Suite (1919)
December 9, 2017
Handel’s Messiah  
Guest Conductor: Ted Sperling
At the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Stamford
Handel’s Messiah Part I & Hallelujah Chorus
February 24 & 25, 2018
Brahms, Copland & Saint-Saëns
Guest Conductor: David Lockington
Copland   Music for the Theatre
Saint-Saëns  Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Joshua Romancello
Popper Hungarian Rhapsody for cello and orchestra, Joshua Romancello
Haydn  Symphony No. 22 in E-flat Major, Der Philosoph
Brahms  Haydn Variations
Lockington  Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare
March 17 & 18, 2018
Haydn, Mendelssohn & Schumann
Guest Conductor: Paul Watkins
Haydn  Symphony No. 102 in B-flat Major
Mendelssohn  Violin Concerto in E minor, Benjamin Beilmanviolin
Schumann  Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Rhenish
April 21 & 22, 2018
Tchaikovsky & Saint-Saëns
Guest Conductor: Rei Hotoda
Fung   String Sinfonietta
Saint-Saëns  Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Cecile Licadpiano 
Tchaikovsky  Symphony No. 5 in E minor
May 5, 2018
World Stage Recital                                               
Stephen Hough Piano Recital
Featuring works by Debussy, Beethoven and Schumann
Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 3pm
Stamford’s Palace Theatre
Tickets start at $25. Kids under 18 FREE on Sunday!
Learn More: FREE Behind the Baton lecture one hour pre-concert with our guest Maestro
Just For Kids: FREE Interactive MusiKids program on Sundays at 2pm
More About the Stamford Symphony
  • The Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music among all populations of Stamford and its neighboring communities.  It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.
  • The orchestra is an ensemble of professional musicians from the tri-state area.  In addition to the Stamford Symphony, these musicians perform with some of the metropolitan area’s premier ensembles, including the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
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