WELCOME TO OUR 2013-2014 SEASON!
We strive to always be inclusive in our programming – Music is for everyone…Or is it? As I sat down to plan our season, it dawned on me that people with hearing impairment are highly unrepresented in the concert hall. Why would a “hearing” activity be entertaining or even relevant to the deaf? After doing a bit of research, I was surprised to learn that approximately 12% of the U.S. population or 38 million Americans have a significant hearing loss.
Now, imagine being a deaf musician – a composer none the less, whose job is to create harmonious sound. Such was the case for one of the most famous musicians in the world – Ludwig Van Beethoven. When Beethoven completed his ninth and final symphony, he had become completely deaf. As a matter of fact, during the premier on May 7, 1824 in Vienna, the soprano soloist had to signal Beethoven to stop conducting when the piece ended, and physically turn him around to accept his applause. The audience threw handkerchiefs and hats in the air so that Beethoven, who could not hear the applause, could at least see the festive reception of his final symphony.
We open the season with the powerful sight of a full orchestra and chorus performing Beethoven 9. Even Beethoven himself could not hear the music but could feel the passion in this tour-de-force. In December our popular “Holiday Spectacular” featuring local celebrities will be a musical feast for the eyes and the ears. Be sure to arrive early to participate in the Holiday Gift Basket Fundraiser in the lobby. We celebrate the silver screen in February with our “Let’s Go to the Movies!” concert – all your favorites from Harry Potter to Superman will be performed on this Oscar winning afternoon.
In April we welcome world-class pianist Jon “Jackie” Kimura Parker who will perform Beethoven’s beautiful Second Piano Concerto! This performance has been tailored with our deaf and hearing impaired community in mind - balloons will be handed out to audience members, a device often used by the hearing impaired allowing vibrations to be felt – and John Adams’ Short Ride on a Fast Machine will include a laser light show timed to the pulsating rhythms on stage. Dramatic sign language interpreters will guide us through the emotions of Holst’s The Planets, and large on-stage screens will enhance the performance.
Each year we bring the best of the classical literature to our audiences - and this year is no exception. As we continue to break perceptions and barriers associated with classical music, we have opened our minds to ways we can be more inclusive to our hearing impaired friends. Music IS for everyone! We are looking forward to a fabulous season and can’t wait to share it with you!
MAESTRO LUIS BIAVA
Music Director, New Albany Symphony Orchestra
These concerts mark Luis Biava's fourth season as Music Director of the New Albany Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Biava also serves as assistant conductor of Opera-Columbus and cover conductor for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. His recent engagements include the National Orchestra of Guatemala and the Orchestra-Society of Philadelphia. He has been reengaged in Guatemala for two subscription weeks to perform and conduct Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Mahler’s 5th Symphony. He also will be conducting two weeks with the Bogota Philharmonic in August of 2011.
He has conducted Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia on tour and a joint concert of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Bogota and the Barranquilla Symphony for the President and First Lady of Colombia. Mr. Biava has also been guest conductor with the Columbus, Newark-Granville, Westerville, and Akron Youth Symphonies, the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Philharmonic, and the Festival Youth Symphony of the Americas in San Juan Puerto Rico where he conducted performances of Mozart's Impresario and Salieri's Prima la musica e poi le parole. Other operas include Puccini's Suor Angelica, as Music Director of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra (MCO) and five performances of La boheme with the Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. As director of his ensemble Camarata, he has performed and conducted at the Incontri Pomeridiani series in Spoleto Italy, at Kenyon College and at Sunday at Central.
Mr. Biava studied conducting at the Interlochen Center for the Arts under Howard Halgedah, and with his father, Maestro Luis Biava, who has served as conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director of the Colombia National Symphony, and is Professor of Conducting at Temple University. Has attended master classes and courses at the University of Michigan, Tanglewood, and Mexico with Gustav Meier, the Igualada Scola Municipal in Spain with Antonin Ros Marba, the Schleswig-Hosltein Festival with Jorma Panula, the Pierre Monteux School with Michael Jinbo, the College- Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati with Mark Gibson and Gustav Meier, and attended the Aspen Music Festival as a Fellowship recipient for three years in the Aspen Academy of Conducting with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He has been on the podium and shared the concert stage with noted artists Sara Chang and Doc Severensen.
Mr. Biava holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School as well as a Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Leonard Rose, Elsa Hilger, Samuel Mayes, Gabor Rejto, and Oliver Edel and his uncle Miguel Uribe as well as chamber music classes with Howard Beebe, Eugene Bossart, Paul Doktor, and Robert Mann. A native of Bogota, Colombia, Luis Biava represents 4 generations of musicians. He is the Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony maintains an active teaching studio and is adjunct instructor of cello and director of the string ensemble at Kenyon College. His recordings include works of Antonio-Maria Valencia with the Biava-Uribe Trio, Faure's Elegy with the Columbus Symphony as well as orchestral recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra recording of Barber's Antony and Cleopatra which was nominated for a Grammy.
Mr. Biava resides in Clintonville with his wife, violinist Ariane Sletner.
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 Bachelors and Masters 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 13th season with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as an associate violist as well as her 13th season as Assistant Principal Violist for the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. She has maintained a private violin/viola studio for over 15 years and is 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.