Centre Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
The Centre Symphony Orchestra is proud to invite you to our fall 2014 concert! Music Director José Alejandro Guzmán will be joined by violin soloist Francisco Salazar in a program of classics at Saint Peter’s Church on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
The concert opens with Carl Maria von Weber’s spirited Der Freischütz Overture, continues with Max Bruch’s melodious Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 44, in D Minor and concludes with Felix Mendelssohn’s colorful and picturesque Symphony No. 3, Op. 56, in A Minor (“Scottish”).
Francisco Salazar, Violin
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, violinist Francisco Salazar began his musical studies at age 6, making rapid progress which culminated with his debut as a soloist with orchestra at age 8. While quite young, Francisco performed extensively as a concert violinist in his native Venezuela and toured North America, South America and Europe with The Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, which he joined at age 14. Already established as one of the top performers in his native country, Francisco came to the United States for further studies at the prestigious Meadowmount Summer School and The Juilliard School, where he obtained his BM and MM degrees as a scholarship student of Margaret Pardee, with chamber music coaching by Jonathan Feldman, Jacob Lateiner and Toby Appel. Francisco has since performed as a soloist and chamber musician to rave reviews in prestigious New York venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Paul Hall, Merkin Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls and Bargemusic. He has performed for such dignitaries as the Consuls of Venezuela and India and collaborated with distinguished artists such as Mark Peskanov and the late Ruth Laredo. In his orchestral career, Francisco has played for several years with the New Jersey Symphony, and appeared as concertmaster with the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies, as well as the Jupiter Symphony, performing under such notable conductors as Pierre Boulez, Kurt Mazur, Seiji Ozawa, Stanislav Skrowaczewski, among others. Currently Francisco resides in New York City, where he maintains a busy schedule as a member of the Harrisburg Symphony, concertmaster for a variety of ensembles in NYC, and frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician with the Lautreamont Chamber Ensemble and others.
José Alejandro Guzmán
José Alejandro Guzmán became the CSO’s Music Director in 2010 following numerous appearances as a guest conductor. In a career spanning 40 years, Maestro Guzmán has garnered wide acclaim conducting the symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire with many New York-based orchestras and opera companies. He stepped down following 26 years as Music Director of the Regina Opera to devote more time to his first love, the symphonic repertoire. Maestro Guzmán remains the Music Director of the Bronx Symphony Orchestra (a position he has held since 1998), the Rockaway-5 Towns Symphony Orchestra and the Staten Island Philharmonic. In addition, Maestro Guzmán continues to be in high demand as a guest conductor, appearing with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Bel Canto Opera, and the Riverside Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few. Highlights of Maestro Guzmán’s 2014-15 season include an in-concert performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen with the Staten Island Philharmonic in November, which will be followed by a full production of Carmen with the Regina Opera Company in May 2015.