Tito Muñoz – Conductor
Barber – Essay No. 1, Op. 12
Kevin Puts – How Wild the Sea
I. The Tide at Sendai
Beethoven – Symphony No. 6
Increasingly recognized as one of the most versatile and exciting conductors of his generation, Tito Muñoz joins the Naples Philharmonic for a performance of Beethoven’s warmest and arguably most beloved symphony, the “Pastoral.” Beethoven was a great lover of nature, and while the symphony conjures images of thunderstorms, country dances and open fields, Beethoven stressed that the work was “more an expression of feelings than a painting.” The program opens with American composer Samuel Barber’s Essay No. 1. Invented by Barber himself, the musical “essay” form resembles its literary counterpart in that it develops a complex work from a single melodic thesis. The orchestra will also be joined by the critically acclaimed Miró Quartet in a performance of a new work by composer Kevin Puts, the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music, commissioned by the Naples Philharmonic.
About Tito Muñoz
Tito Muñoz is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted and versatile conductors of his generation. He was recently appointed Music Director of Le Poisson Rouge’s Ensemble LPR, the flagship ensemble of New York’s celebrated multimedia performance venue. He also serves as Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy. Muñoz has also served as Assistant Conductor to the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra
An alumnus of the National Conducting Institute, Mr. Muñoz made his professional conducting debut in 2006 with the National Symphony Orchestra. That same year, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Music Festival and continues to maintain a close relationship with the orchestra.
For more information about Tito Muñoz, visit http://www.titomunoz.com.
About Miró Quartet
One of America’s highest profile chamber groups, the Miró Quartet garners praise from audiences and critics alike. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet met with immediate success winning first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The quartet was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Regularly invited to perform at the world’s most celebrated concert halls, the Miró Quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic’s Kammermusiksaal and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. A favorite of summer music festivals, the quartet frequently appears at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo and Chamber Music Northwest. Deeply committed to music education, the Miró Quartet is currently the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
For more information about the Miró Quartet, visit www.miroquartet.com.