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The Planets in NY

André Raphel returns to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (NY) during the 2022/23 season. The program features Gustav Holst's The Planets! The Holst will be performed with a new world premiere version of the original film. The May 20, 2023 concert at the Bardavon Opera House will bring the HVP season to an exciting close.

Program
Dvorak: Karneval Overture
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Leland Ko, cello
Holst: The Planets
with Capella Festiva Women's Choir

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"Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope" with the Boston Symphony in March 2023

In news recently announced, André Raphel makes his subscription series debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the 2022/23 season. The concerts March 3, 4 and 5, 2023 will open the BSO's "Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope" Festival. The centerpiece of the program will be Uri Caine's powerful oratorio The Passion of Octavius Catto.

Program
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Petite Suite de Concert
William Grant Still: Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American)
Caine: The Passion of Octavius Catto
Barbara Walker, vocalist
Uri Caine Trio; Uri Caine, piano, Mike Boone, bass, Clarence Penn, drums
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
The Catto Chorus

(Pictured below Uri Caine and André)

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Juneteenth 2023 in Minneapolis

During the 2022/23 season, André Raphel leads the Minnesota Orchestra in Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom. The concerts June 23 and 24, 2023 mark the first presentation of a Juneteenth program by the Minnesota Orchestra.

The Friday, June 23rd concert will be part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Livestream offerings, as well as a live local television broadcast on Twin Cities PBS station. It will also be broadcast locally on Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Orchestra's digital platforms.

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BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY in Ohio

During the 22/23 season, André Raphel returns to conduct the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. BLOCKBUSTER BROADWAY! is on tap for the February 16, 2023 concert.

The program features fabulous Broadway singers, Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy, Kelli Rabke and John Boswell piano and vocals. Catch all the show-stopping tunes at Edward W. Powers Auditorium with the YSO.

 

Mahler @ the Staller Center

André Raphel returns to the Staller Center for the Arts in NY to lead the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. The March 25, 2023 program features Gustav Mahler's beguiling Symphony No. 4. Alina Tamborini will be the soprano soloist in the Mahler.

Program
James Lee III, Niiji Memories
Julietta Curenton, flute
intermission

Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Alina Tamborini, soprano

 

Howard Shore & Wagner- LOTR and The Ring Excerpts

Howard Shore's THE LORD OF THE RINGS film music and Wagner The Ring excerpts make up an exciting program during the 2022/23 season. André Raphel returns to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra to conduct this epic program on May 6 & 7, 2023.

Featured will be Concerning Hobbits, The Shadow of the Past, Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music, Siegfried's Rhine Journey, The Breaking of the Fellowship and much more. Don't miss these concerts!


Buzzards Bay MusicFest

 

On July 17, André Raphel leads "Mozart & George Walker @100" for the closing concert of the 2022 Buzzards Bay MusicFest. The matinee concert program features Mozart's Symphony No. 41 and George Walker's Lyric for Strings.

The All-Orchestral July 13 program explores works by Jessie Montgomery, Schubert and Beethoven.

Program

Mozart Overture to Così fan tutte
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
David Allen Wehr, piano
George Walker Lyric for Strings
Mozart Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter"

July 13, 2022
André Raphel, conductor

Program
Jessie Montgomery Starburst
Fauré Pavane
Schubert Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major
Beethoven Symphony No. 8

 

Sunflower Music Festival- June 2022

Concerts at the Sunflower Music Festival highlight André Raphel as the featured conductor. The June concert series is titled, "The Sunflower Music Festival and the African American Experience 2022." This year's Festival will recognize new voices as well as honor traditional black composers. The 2022 summer Festival is a collaboration with the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Topeka is the home of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954 declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Featured will be works by Jessie Montgomery, George Walker, Adolphus Hailstork, James Kimo Williams & more!

June 17, 2022
Opening Celebration- Mozart & George Walker's 100th

Mozart: Overture to Così fan tutte
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
David Allen Wehr, piano
George Walker: Lyric for Strings (100th Anniversary of composer's birth- June 2022)
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, "Jupiter"

June 22, 2022
Spirituals, New Voices and the African American Experience

Adolphus Hailstork: Three Spirituals for Orchestra
George Walker: Antifonys
Herbert Howells: Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra
Basil Vandryes, viola
Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
William Grant Still: Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American"

June 25, 2022
Black Influence and the New World

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Danse Négre
Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto in C Major, Op. 3, No. 2
Meredith Riley, violin
James Kimo Williams: Symphony for the Sons of Nam
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, "New World"

 

Uri Caine's Passion- BBC Music Magazine Review

Reviews for the recording of Uri Caine's Passion of Octavius Catto praise Raphel's work. The BBC Music Magazine writes, "Held together with admirably crisp direction from conductor André Raphel, this is a soul-stirring recording of a bold and timely work." Four Stars!

A great review also from The Arts Fuse magazine in Boston. Read the full review at the link: artsfuse.org

 

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NY Premiere and Jewish Musical Influence

André Raphel conducts works by Korngold, Danielpour, Dorman and Mendelssohn with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (NY) on May 14th. The program features the NYS premiere of Avner Dorman's NIGUNIM- Violin Concerto No. 2. Lara St. John, violin will be soloist.

"Themes and Variations" highlights works by Jewish composers spanning three centuries. The concert includes Richard Danielpour's Adagietto for String Orchestra, a work for which Raphel also conducted the world premiere. The program closes with Mendelssohn's sparkling Symphony No. 4 "Italian"

Program
Korngold: Theme and Variations for Orchestra
Richard Danielpour: Adagietto for String Orchestra
Avner Dorman: NIGUNIM- Violin Concerto No. 2
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"

 

Inspired Voices and the Human Spirit

"Inspired Voices and the Human Spirit" is the thematic focus of a program with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra in March. Orli Shaham, piano will be soloist.

The March 10th concert features Jennifer Higdon's gorgeous work blue cathedral, which imagines a journey through a glass cathedral in the sky. Also on the program Shostakovich's powerful Symphony No. 5. With the symphony's internal struggle and Shostakovich's keen sense of irony, it makes for an incredible statement about the composer's strength in the face of adversity.

Program
Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
Schumann: Piano Concerto in a minor
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

 

January Notes

It has been a long time since I've written here, but given these most challenging times it seemed a good idea to share a few thoughts. These times are of course like no other. The pandemic has affected us all in ways large and small. The holiday season fortunately provided a bit of needed distraction.

As a conductor, this season of pandemic has helped me to re-discover the power of music to unite people. Each rehearsal and concert means more. When we come together to make music, the moments together seem all the more poignant. As 2022 begins, there are promising highlights on the calendar. The fall was understandably filled with lots of Beethoven and Mozart- two composers whose music I treasure. I'm particularly looking forward to a program in March which will feature Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, a work which is about overcoming a series of struggles that rage within the soul. It seems apt to once again explore this inspiring music, given the times in which we live.

We will get through this and continue to overcome. Stay safe. Wishing you all the best for a great year in 2022! AR

 

Album- The Passion of Octavius Catto

Listen to the album of Uri Caine's work The Passion of Octavius Catto. André Raphel teamed up with the jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine for the recording of this powerful work. The work focuses on Catto, an important figure in American History who lived during the 1800's. Catto was an orator, civil and voting rights activist, educator and a baseball player in the early Negro League. Combining classical, jazz, gospel, pop and patriotic styles, the work tells the story of Catto's life.

The recording on the 816 Music label features Barbara Walker, vocalist, Uri Caine Trio, Nedra Neal Singers, Philadelphia Choral Ensemble and the Catto Freedom Orchestra with André Raphel conducting. Hear it on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and CD Baby!

Pictured below following the recording sessions: André, Barbara Walker, vocalist, Uri Caine, composer and pianist, and Joyce Hammann, Concertmaster.

 

André Raphel with Barbara Walker, Uri Caine and Joyce

 

 

Star Wars!

John Williams' great film music is at the heart of this program with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. André will conduct "The Music of Star Wars" for this concert on November 9th.

This Pops concert at the Michigan Theater features Williams' epic film scores. It's sure to be a fun evening with the A2SO. Sold-Out concert!

 

Raphel Named Conductor Laureate

In news recently announced, André Raphel has been named Conductor Laureate of the Wheeling Symphony. The appointment beginning with the 18/19 season recognizes Raphel's distinguished fifteen year tenure as Music Director.

Read more about the announcement at the link in this article from Broadway World conductorlaureate

 

A debut in Buffalo

André Raphel appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic making his debut in concerts on December 2 and 3, 2017. Critical acclaim followed for the performances.

The Buffalo News wrote: "He and the orchestra treated that Ravel with panache and technical precision. The dance rhythms sparkled and every note was right where it should be." Here's a link to the complete review: www.buffalonews.com

Review from Bachtrack for French Festival program

André led a French Festival program with the Wheeling Symphony which included works by Chabrier, Fauré and Berlioz. Also featured Kenneth Fuchs' new Piano Concerto "Spiritualist."

Of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the Bachtrack review noted "the music was terrifically exciting even as Raphel exerted perfect control over the proceedings." Read the complete review at the following link: www.bachtrack.com

 

André featured on commemorative CD with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Honoring the Dream
William Grant Still (1895-1978)
from Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American):

I. Moderato assai
IV. Lento, con risoluzione

André Raphel Conductor

 

View a PDF of Festivals & World Premieres featuring André Raphel