Greetings, friends! It is season nine for the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, and we couldn’t be prouder to call the #1 suburb in the country our HOME! A vibrant arts scene, nationally ranked schools, miles of leisure trails and beautiful architecture, not to mention the friendliest orchestra in town!
All of these things are perceived as adding value to a community, but I challenge you to take a moment to think about the real qualities that make New Albany so special. The most valuable things in life are usually not tangible, they are experiences. Our journey of life experience is what defines us. Winning a race, volunteering for a great cause, attending an inspirational lecture or performance...these experiences define us as human beings.
Our community has so many valuable experiences it offers, and I invite you to build your “life experience resume” with the New Albany Symphony this year! Join us in October when Marvin Hamlisch protégés Charles Yang (violin) and Peter Dugan (piano) return to the stage to kick off our season in an exciting classical meets jazz afternoon, and don’t be without a ticket to our popular Holiday Spectacular that has YOU choosing the music this year! In March we celebrate baseball’s spring training with “Casey at the Bat,” featuring the winners of the NASO student concerto competition. The season finale concert in April utilizes the new Mershad Digital Experience with the winner of our first-ever film competition, and a dazzling performance of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Water and Percussion. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Independence Day 5K!
There is an exciting season ahead…and we have one more surprise! New this season are NASO’s “Saturday at the Symphony” concerts. In partnership with Autism Society of Central Ohio and Methodist Eldercare, NASO has designed three sensory friendly performances for audience members who prefer a more relaxed concert environment. Help us spread the word about this exciting new initiative!
From innovative performances and our new “Saturday at the Symphony” outreach, to the Independence Day 5K and “Happy Hour” events, I invite you to get involved with the New Albany Symphony and add a new experience to your life journey. Attend a performance, audition for a spot in the orchestra, commit to run on July 4, or join our “Friends” group as a volunteer. Your adventure awaits!
See you soon 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 19th season with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as an associate violist as well as her 19th 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.