Concert Artists of Baltimore
Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) philosophy is simple: To make all kinds of music accessible and engaging to everyone by presenting diverse programs of classical music plus special concerts featuring pops, operetta, and lighter favorites. Founded by Edward Polochick and now in its 28th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Basilica of the Assumption, St. Pius Church, and the Gordon Center For Performing Arts.CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club, Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.
The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and many more.
Baltimore Conductor Michael repper
"Michael Repper conducted the fine chamber orchestra with confidence and expressive nuance." Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
Michael Repper is the Assistant Conductor of the Concert Artists of Baltimore and was recently appointed as the Music Director of the Northern Neck Orchestra in Virginia. Since 2014 he has held the coveted Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship, where he served as assistant conductor to Marin Alsop. Michael is also the Music Director of the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, America’s First Catholic Cathedral. He is an accomplished conductor of classical, pops, jazz, and musical theater in the United States and abroad. Along with his many performances in Baltimore in 2016, his performance slate includes debuts with several ensembles, including the Sao Paulo Symphony in Brazil. He is the Managing Director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland, a Baltimore-based chamber music series which presents Music in the Great Hall, currently in its 43rd season. Through the Chamber Music Society of Maryland, he founded the Chamber Music Society of Maryland (CMSMD) Youth Fellowship which offers a $1000 scholarship opportunity for exceptional pre-college chamber musicians.
University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, has been an integral part of the cultural life of UK and its communities since the founding of the School of Music in 1918. Selected by audition, the Orchestra is comprised of the finest string, wind, and percussion instrumentalists from both graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. The Orchestra presents 10 or more performances each season including symphonic concerts, operas, major works with choirs, and the Concerto Competition concert. It regularly collaborates with distinguished guest artists and the University of Kentucky music faculty. Its repertoire covers a wide range of the master works of orchestral literature from the Baroque to the present.
The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1918 by Carl Lampert, composer of the UK Fight Song and Alma Mater. Over the last century, the orchestra has built a tradition of performing major symphonic masterworks. The orchestra also performs regularly with the UK Opera Theatre, which presents several fully staged productions each season. This concert season, the orchestra will give more than 20 performances for an audience of more than 40,000 people and for thousands more on television in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The orchestra has recorded two CD’s, Music of the Horse (2005) in collaboration with Keeneland and the In Times Like These - music of Arlo Guthrie (2007).
John Nardolillo, Director of Orchestras and UK Symphony Orchestra
John Nardolillo, Music Director and Conductor of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, has conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York and appeared with more than 30 of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, National, Milwaukee, and more. He was Music Director and conductor for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, a performance that featured 1,500 performers, 200 horses, and was broadcast worldwide for a television audience of 500 million! Mr. Nardolillo is the Founder and Music Director of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, an orchestra of top young professional musicians, drawn from the ranks of the world's leading orchestras, who travel from around the United States, Canada and Europe to perform together each season. The orchestra has appeared in the leading concert halls in the eastern United States, has been filmed for a television documentary, and has recorded Copland, Bernstein, Barber, Bach and Mozart.
Mr. Nardolillo made his professional conducting debut in 1994 at the Sully Festival in France, and has since made conducting appearances in the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. He has led major American orchestras in subscription series concerts, summer and pops concerts, education concerts and tours, and for television and radio broadcasts. He has recorded for Naxos and Albany Records, and has been featured in articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and Vanity Fair magazine. Born in Bend, Oregon, he began musical training at three years old on the violin. He earned a Bachelors degree in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Masters’ degrees in violin and conducting from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.
Live Orchestra Accompanies Moscow Ballet in Kalamazoo!
Moscow Ballet is pleased to announce that Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, named "Best Classical University Symphony Orchestra" in Downbeat magazine's 2005 nationally recognized student music awards competition, will accompany the Moscow Ballet company live in Tchaikovsky’s Great Russian Nutcracker on Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm under Conductor and Professor Bruce Uchimura’s baton. The Kalamazoo Gazette's classical music reviewer picked the orchestra's WMU centennial celebration concert as the most memorable performance of the year. Master works performed by the orchestra include the major symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky in addition to Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“The Titan”), Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, and Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration). The USO is comprised of 100 musicians and includes undergraduate and graduate music majors who take pride in the professional level of the ensemble’s rehearsals and performances.