The Side-by-Side Concert is an extraordinary opportunity for young instrumentalists (grades 7-12) to perform alongside the Fellows of the New World Symphony. The students share the New World Center’s stage and develop musical relationships with the Fellows as they rehearse and perform music of the highest caliber. For information on how to participate, please click here.
**This performance will be presented as a WALLCAST™ concert, presented by Citi®, in SoundScape Park. Tickets are not required for WALLCAST™ concerts.**
Outdoor seating in SoundScape Park for the WALLCAST™ concert is free and open to the public (arrive early to get a good spot!)
Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, "Fingal's Cave"
Concerto No. 4 in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 31
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
The Comedians, Op. 26
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
IV. Allegro non troppo
Christian Reif, conductor
German conductor Christian Reif has just been appointed Resident Conductor with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of its internationally acclaimed Youth Orchestra, after making a “powerful symphony debut” with the Symphony in the fall. He is currently the second-year Conducting Fellow at the New World Symphony. This past season he conducted the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in several world premieres as part of Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary summer and worked as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2014 he served as assistant conductor for Alan Gilbert at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. Mr. Reif is currently a member of Germany's prestigious Conductor's Forum (Dirigentenforum). He won the 2015 German Operetta Prize, awarded by the German Music Council.
This season Mr. Reif led the Munich Chamber Opera in performances of Mozart’s La finta semplice in Munich’s famous Cuvilliés Theater. He has led several orchestras and ensembles both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Juilliard Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Georgian Chamber Orchestra and Israel Chamber Orchestra. His enthusiasm for performing contemporary music has led to many world premieres, among which were Michael Gordon’s El Sol Caliente, a city symphony in honor of Miami Beach’s centennial, and also concertos for DJ and orchestra, performed at the New World Symphony’s nightclub-style PULSE events.
A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Mr. Reif has taught piano, coaches instrumentalists and works with singers as a repetiteur. He also worked as a Teaching Fellow in The Juilliard School’s Ear Training Department and additionally served as its Department Assistant. He hosted and conducted the New World Symphony’s 2014 education concerts, which were also webcast to area schools.
In 2014 Mr. Reif completed his master of music degree in conducting at The Juilliard School under Alan Gilbert, after studying with Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg. For his outstanding achievements at The Juilliard School, Mr. Reif was the recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Award. He also holds a scholarship from the German study promotion program of the Cusanuswerk and two Kulturförderpreise awards given to promising artists of the region who promote cultural advancement in their communities.
Nicholas Abrahams, violin
Nicholas Abrahams, age 15, is a student of Elizabeth Faidley of the Manhattan School of Music and a sophomore at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. In 2016 he was a semi-finalist in the 19th annual Sphinx Competition and won second place in the Camarata Artists International Competition. In 2015 he won second place in the East Coast International Competition, was a second place finalist in the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition, as well as a second place winner in the Alexander Buono International Competition.
In January 2014 Mr. Abrahams participated in the performance of Luciano Berio’s violin duets at the New World Center under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. In April 2014 he was a featured musician on NPR’s From The Top. In the same month he was a finalist in the New World Symphony Side-by-Side Concerto Competition. Mr. Abrahams has participated in the New World Symphony’s Side-by-Side Concert since he was in the sixth grade.
In the annual Florida Federation of Music Clubs Jr. Convention, Mr. Abrahams has won violin solo awards in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. In addition, he has won concerto events in 2010, 2011 and 2013. From 2012 to 2014 he performed as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, and in 2013 he was awarded the Bob Weaver Award in recognition of exceptional talent, commitment and dedication as a member of the Florida Youth Orchestra Principal Division.
Mr. Abrahams has performed at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Field Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, Greenfield Hall at the Manhattan School of Music, Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the New World Center.
Mr. Abrahams is performing this evening on a violin by Gaspare Lorenzini, Piacenza, 1761 on generous loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, New York.
Esther Chae, cello
Esther Chae is an honor student in eighth grade at Palmetto Middle School. She started cello with Mrs. Audrey Pilafian and is currently studying with Dr. Ross Harbaugh, string director and professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Ms. Chae has been a scholarship recipient of the Coral Gables Music Club since 2010. She debuted with the Coral Gables Symphony at the age of nine. She is annually invited to play with the Coral Gables Symphony and is broadcasted on WLRN television every year.
Ms. Chae and her sister Gloria played at a Miami-Dade County Public School Board administration meeting, broadcast on WLRN in 2012. They also performed for the Miami-Dade School Superintendent’s Annual Address at the Jackie Gleason Theater in 2013. During the summer of 2014 Ms. Chae played the cello and served as a short-term missionary in various cities of Cuba.
In 2015 Ms. Chae received second prize in the Homestead Community Concert Music Scholarship Competition and first prize for the South Florida Solo Competition at Nova University. She also performed with the Coral Gables Symphony and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Additionally she was featured in the Saint Martha-Yamaha Concert Series at Barry University and played with the Amernet String Quartet.
During the summer of 2015 Ms. Chae attended the Green Lake Festival of Music in Wisconsin with a full scholarship. There she was broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician on Wisconsin Public Radio-NPR.
This year Ms. Chae was named an Alhambra Concerto Competition Winner (Florida), received the Jack Kent Young Artist Award of $10,000 and was featured on From the Top with her trio, Trio Lago Verde.
2016 Side-by-Side Musicians
The students performing tonight represent the following schools: Academia Filarmónica de Medellín, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, American Heritage School, Belen Jesuit Preparatory Academy, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Coral Reef Senior High School, Coral Springs Senior High School, Dillard Center for the Performing Arts, Dillard High School, Hialeah Gardens High School, JP Taravella High School, Lawton Chiles High School, Miami Arts Charter, Miami Beach Senior High, New World School of the Arts, Palmer Trinity School, Palmetto Middle School, Pine Crest School, Ransom Everglades School, Riverview High School and Young Men’s Preparatory Academy.
VIOLIN Nicholas Abrahams Aspen Barker Sarah Busse Wynne Owre Hector Padilla Claire Thaler Ke Wang
VIOLA Zaria Graves Nicolas Guerra Jack Kessler Laura Liu Cameren Williams
CELLO Patrick Barham Esther Chae Natalie Gonzalez Grace Sievert
BASS Matthew Dardet Elisha Martin Ethan Olaguibel Juan Rodriguez
FLUTE Alejandro Lombo Yudy Alejandra Marín Hincapié Benjamin Tillinger
OBOE Elias Medina Ryan Tie-Shue
CLARINET Grecia Melendez Sasha Lucía Sánchez Henao
BASSOON Harrison Cody Jacob Tie-Shue
HORN Justin Ellena Brianna Garcon Lianna Hoffman Harrison Lam
TRUMPET Luis Eduardo Cárdenas Argáez Nicolaus Gelin Cameron Zhen
First Place: Esther Chae, cello Second Place: Nicholas Abrahams, violin Third Place: Austin Canon, trombone Honorable Mention: Elias Medina, oboe Participants: Javmar Perez-Contreras, piano and Cameren Williams, viola