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Monday, February 5 at 7:30pm

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Santiago Rodriguez, piano

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, composer

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Santiago Rodriguez has been praised as "a phenomenal pianist" by The New York Times and "among the finest pianists in the world" by The Baltimore Sun. His extraordinary talent has graced stages around the globe, including performances with prestigious orchestras such as the London Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan.

This change brings an added layer of excitement and anticipation to an already outstanding season, and we are confident that Santiago Rodriguez will deliver a performance that will leave our audience in awe. We extend our sincere gratitude to Mr. Rodriguez for graciously accepting this opportunity on short notice.

A prolific composer in virtually all media, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s works have been performed by most of the leading American orchestras and by major ensembles abroad. Her works include five symphonies and a string of concertos commissioned and performed over the past two decades by the nation’s top orchestras. Zwilich is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, including the 1983 Pulitzer Prize in Music (the first woman ever to receive this coveted award), the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Chamber Music Prize, the Arturo Toscanini Music Critics Award, the Ernst von Dohnányi Citation, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four GRAMMY nominations, the Alfred I. Dupont Award, Miami Performing Arts Center Award, the Medaglia d'oro in the G.B. Viotti Competition, and the NPR and WNYC Gotham Award for her contributions to the musical life of New York City. Among other distinctions, She has been elected to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1995, she was named to the first Composer’s Chair in the history of Carnegie Hall, and she was designated Musical America’s Composer of the Year for 1999.

Ellen Taafee Zwilich, composer

At a time when the musical offerings of the world are more varied than ever before, few composers have emerged with the unique personality of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Her music is widely known because it is performed, recorded, broadcast, and – above all – listened to and liked by all sorts of audiences the world over.

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians [8th edition] states: "There are not many composers in the modern world who possess the lucky combination of writing music of substance and at the same time exercising an immediate appeal to mixed audiences. Zwilich offers this happy combination of purely technical excellence and a distinct power of communication."

A prolific composer in virtually all media, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s works have been performed by most of the leading American orchestras and by major ensembles abroad. Her works include five Symphonies and a string of concertos commissioned and performed over the past two decades by the nation’s top orchestras.

Zwilich is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors, including the 1983 Pulitzer Prize in Music (the first woman ever to receive this coveted award), the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Chamber Music Prize, the Arturo Toscanini Music Critics Award, the Ernst von Dohnányi Citation, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Grammy nominations, the Alfred I. Dupont Award, Miami Performing Arts Center Award, the Medaglia d'oro in the G.B. Viotti Competition, and the NPR and WNYC Gotham Award for her contributions to the musical life of New York City. Among other distinctions, Ms. Zwilich has been elected to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1995, she was named to the first Composer’s Chair in the history of Carnegie Hall, and she was designated Musical America’s Composer of the Year for 1999. Ms. Zwilich, who holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School, currently holds the Krafft Distinguished Professorship at Florida State University.

www.zwilich.com

CONCERT PROGRAM

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Orchestral Excursions (Inspired by Gilbert Maurer’s Art Work) World Premiere

Grieg

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16

INTERMISSION

Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherazade, Op. 35

*Commissioned for the Palm Beach Symphony by Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter in honor of Gil Maurer

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