Welcome, friends, to season eight of the New Albany Symphony!
We have lots in store, beginning with a sensational tribute to our dear friend Marvin Hamlisch. Nobody did it better than Marvin! What a privilege it has been getting to work closely this past year with Team Marvin Hamlisch. The pure genius behind his music will light up the stage this October with an all-start cast featuring some of Marvin’s favorite guests, including soprano Marissa McGowan, hometown sweetheart Valerie Lemon, tenor Rocky Paterra, violinist Charles Yang, pianist Peter Dugan, photographer Len Prince, and longtime friend and colleague, Ernie Green on the podium. We are also honored to have Terre Blair Hamlisch join us for these special tribute performances.
In December, we will bring back “Holiday Spectacular,” which will highlight music from famous Hollywood holiday movies. You will hear music from Polar Express, Frosty the Snowman, White Christmas, A Christmas Story and more, including special guests from Opera Columbus, WOSU, and the North Pole! Make sure to come early to check out our famous Gift Basket Fundraiser in the lobby.
In February, we will present the time-honored children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf. We are pleased to once again be working with Columbus Dance Theater and Columbus’s favorite weatherman, Jym Ganahl. We will also feature our student concerto winners on this performance.
With the help of VSA Ohio, Helping Hands Center, the Autism Treatment Center of Nationwide Children's Hospital, and the Autism Society of Central Ohio, NASO will also offer a sensory-friendly version of the Peter and the Wolf concert. Complete with a downloadable storyboard, sign language interpreters, chill-out zones, and a “Meet-Your-Seat” day, neuro-diverse families and young first-time concertgoers will be at ease and able to enjoy the performance in a relaxed, nonjudgmental atmosphere. For more information regarding this concert, please visit our website.
In April, our final performance of the season will offer an afternoon visit to the beautiful country of France, featuring works by Ravel, Messiaen, and Gershwin’s popular American in Paris. Enjoy the full sound of the New Albany Symphony as we welcome back past Student Concerto Competition Winner Isabelle Durrenberger to perform Ravel’s technically-demanding showpiece, Tzigane!
Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual Independence Day 5K on July 4, 2016, and save the date for our CAPA collaboration concert with ABBA on May 15, 2016 at 8 p.m. at the McCoy Center.
See you at the symphony!
Music Director, New Albany Symphony Orchestra
Luis Gabriel Biava is currently Music Director of the New Albany Symphony, an orchestra that performs a wide variety of concerts for the community, presenting the major repertoire, commissions, and a young artist’s competition. Mr. Biava has worked with Jon Kimura Parker, David Finckel, Chee Yun, Soovin Kim, and Karen Gomyo, and he conducted Hilary Hahn and David Finckel to celebrate the orchestra’s fifth anniversary.
This year, Mr. Biava conducted and played with the Bogota Philharmonic for two weeks in subscription concerts. In 2012, he conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo for violin. He also guest conducted the Clermont Symphony in a concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Biava was cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra for their final concert in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2011, he was re-engaged by the Guatemala National Symphony, and he performed the Beethoven Triple and conducted Strauss’ Don Juan.
Mr. Biava’s educational endeavors include the School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs—a program for young musicians that mirrors the repertoire of the Philadelphia Orchestra during the three weeks of their residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was also invited to conduct the Advanced String Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He recently conducted at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music conducting workshop with Mark Gibson and Gustav Meier. In 2010, he conducted performances of Puccini’s La boheme in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also has conducted The Marriage of Figaro and repeated performances of La boheme with Opera Libera; an opera company founded in honor of the late John Douglas, famed opera director at Temple University. In the summer of 2008, he conducted performances of Salieri’s Prima la musica, poi le parole, and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Mr. Biava is principal cello of Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Dublin (CMSD), and Camarata. He is also music director of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. He is active as a soloist in the standard repertory and new works, and he is also very involved as a chamber musician, having played the complete cycles of the string quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. Mr. Biava is currently performing the complete piano trios of Beethoven and Mozart, with contemporary works by Carter, Higdon, Augusta Read Thomas, Bernstein, and Pärt.
Mr. Biava’s family represents four generations of musicians. His first cello studies were with his uncle, Miguel Uribe, in his native Colombia, where he performs regularly with the Biava-Uribe Trio. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received a bachelor’s degree in performance, and he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Leonard Rose. He also studied with Oliver Edel, Samuel Mayes, Gabor Rejto, and Elsa Hilger. Additionally, Mr. Biava has studied conducting with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School, Hancock, Maine; and with his father, who is conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducting professor at Temple University. He attended the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin, and also served as principal cellist.
This October, Luis Biava will conduct performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony of Guatemala, and in November he will perform the Haydn Cello Concerto as well as Don Quixote with the Columbus Symphony.
Founder and Executive Director, New Albany Symphony Orchestra
Heather Garner received full performance scholarships from Ohio University and The Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Viola Performance, studying under Howard Beebe and Edward Adelson. While studying at The Ohio State University, Heather was also the Administrator for the Ohio State Pre-College Strings Program.
Winner of the Ohio Arts Council Solo Competition, the Katherine B. Geis Performance Award and a scholarship student of Robert Vernon at the Encore School for Strings, Heather has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and strolling strings advocate throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Vienna Youth Festival in Austria. Ms. Garner has performed with many celebrity performers including Harry Connick Jr., James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Randy Travis, Mannheim Steamroller, Doc Severensen, Charlotte Church, Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Joshua Bell, Sara Chang and Itzak Perlman to name a few.
This is Ms. Garner’s 18th season with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as an associate violist as well as her 18th season as Assistant Principal Violist for the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. She is also a frequent guest in the local schools as a chamber music clinician, sectional coach and presenter. Heather founded the New Albany Symphony Orchestra in 2007. She serves as the Executive Director and also performs viola in the orchestra. Ms. Garner resides in New Albany, Ohio, with her husband John and two boys, Jack and Evan.