Tito Muñoz – Conductor
Giora Schmidt — Violinist
Barber – First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12
Barber — Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14
Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, “Pastoral”
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 American violinist Giora Schmidt in a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto.
Performance changes: Due to a family emergency for one of its members, the Miró Quartet will not be able to appear as guest soloists.
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.
The recipient of the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Giora first appeared with the Naples Philharmonic in 2008 performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Jorge Mester. A former student of Itzhak Perlman and Dorothy DeLay, he has performed with orchestras around the world, including Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and the Israel Philharmonic.