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The Side-by-Side Concert is an extraordinary opportunity for young instrumentalists (grades 7-12) to perform alongside the New World Symphony Fellows. 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. The 47 students have been selected through audition from 22 different schools and organizations, including three students from São Paolo, Brazil and five from Medellín, Colombia.
A limited number of tickets will be available in order to accommodate the students, their families and support networks. Contact the Box Office at 305.673.3331 for more information.
This concert is sponsored in part by Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation and William Strong.
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Allegro con brio
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35
I. Allegro moderato
Four Dances from Estancia, Op. 8a
Michael Tilson Thomas is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy; Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony; and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these posts, he maintains an active presence guest conducting with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States.
Born in Los Angeles, Mr. Tilson Thomas is the third generation of his family to follow an artistic career. His grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, were founding members of the Yiddish Theater in America. His father, Ted Thomas, was a producer in the Mercury Theater Company in New York before moving to Los Angeles where he worked in films and television. His mother, Roberta Thomas, was the head of research for Columbia Pictures.
Mr. Tilson Thomas began his formal studies at the University of Southern California where he studied piano with John Crown and conducting and composition with Ingolf Dahl. At age 19 he was named Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. He worked with Stravinsky, Boulez, Stockhausen and Copland on premieres of their compositions at Los Angeles’ Monday Evening Concerts. During this same period he was the pianist and conductor for Gregor Piatigorsky and Jascha Heifetz.
In 1969, after winning the Koussevitzky Prize at Tanglewood, he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. That year he also made his New York debut with the Boston Symphony and gained international recognition after replacing Music Director William Steinberg in mid-concert. He was later appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he remained until 1974. He was Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 1971 to 1979 and a Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1981 to 1985. His guest conducting includes appearances with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States.
His recorded repertoire of more than 120 discs includes works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev and Stravinsky as well as his pioneering work with the music of Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Steve Reich, John Cage, Ingolf Dahl, Morton Feldman, George Gershwin, John McLaughlin and Elvis Costello. He also recorded the complete orchestral works of Gustav Mahler with the San Francisco Symphony.
Mr. Tilson Thomas’ television work includes a series with the London Symphony Orchestra for BBC Television, the television broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts from 1971 to 1977 and numerous productions on PBS’ Great Performances. Mr. Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony produced a multi-tiered media project, Keeping Score, which includes a television series, web sites, radio programs and programs in schools.
In 1990 Mr. Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony were presented in a series of benefit concerts for UNICEF in the United States, featuring Audrey Hepburn as narrator of From the Diary of Anne Frank, composed by Mr. Tilson Thomas and commissioned by UNICEF. This piece has since been translated and performed in many languages worldwide. In August 1995 he led the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in the premiere of his composition Showa/Shoah, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Thomas Hampson premiered his settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, Renée Fleming premiered his settings of the poetry of Emily Dickinson and the San Francisco Symphony premiered his concerto for contrabassoon entitled Urban Legend. As a Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist from 2003 to 2005, he had an evening devoted to his own compositions which included Island Music for four marimbas and percussion, Notturno for solo flute and strings and a new setting of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Other compositions include Street Song for brass instruments and Agnegram, an overture for orchestra.
Among his many honors and awards, Mr. Tilson Thomas is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, was Musical America’s Musician of the Year and Conductor of the Year, Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year and has been profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Nightline. He has won 11 Grammy Awards for his recordings. In 2008 he received the Peabody Award for his radio series for SFS Media, The MTT Files. In 2010 President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States Government.
Matthew Hakkarainen, violin
Violinist Matthew Hakkarainen currently studies with Professor Charles Castleman of the Frost School of Music at University of Miami. He was selected as a finalist at the Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists held in Weimar, Germany, and also won the Southern Division of the Music Teachers’ National Association Junior Performance Competition. He received the grand prize at the Bach Festival Society’s Young Artist Competition held at Rollins College, placed third in the Alhambra Concerto Competition and first in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, where he performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall. Additionally, he won the Louisiana Philharmonic’s Young Artists’ Concerto Competition and the Acadiana Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.
Mr. Hakkarainen was featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top and has also performed as a guest artist at Festival South. He has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New River Orchestra and others, and has been selected as the Concertmaster of the Florida All-State Orchestra for six consecutive years.
Mr. Hakkarainen has attended various festivals including the Castleman Quartet Program, Orford Musique, Meadowmount School of Music, Music@Menlo and others. He is in his senior year at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, where he serves as Concertmaster of the Dreyfoos Philharmonic Orchestra. He hopes to pursue a career in music as a performer, conductor and composer.