Orchestre Métropolitain presents

Electric Revolution

Under immense pressure and tormented by aspirations of becoming the greatest Czech composer, Dvorák delivered a jewel of a seventh symphony: complex, cutting and lucid. Opening the program, Wagner revolutionizes the opera overture with the stormy leitmotif of Der Fliegende Holländer. Montréal-based Simon Bertrand’s refined composition for theremin, a fascinating instrument with a sound somewhere between the human voice and synthesizer, will be performed for the first time by Thorwald Jørgensen and conducted by the brilliant Daniela Candillari.

Daniela Candillari, conductor

Conductor Daniela Candillari continues to garner praise for her dynamic and compelling performances at opera houses and concert stages throughout North America and Europe. Recognized for her “confidence and apparently inexhaustible verve” (The New York Times) and “powerful and breathtaking performances” (Review STL), Candillari enters her second season as both Principal Conductor at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Principal Opera Conductor at Music Academy.

Candillari’s 2022-23 season features two major New York debuts — first at Carnegie Hall conducting The Choir of Trinity Wall Street in a concert featuring contemporary choral works and a world premiere by composer Trevor Weston, followed by appearing with the New York Philharmonic in their inaugural season inside the new David Geffen Hall conducting cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Additional symphonic performances include a return to Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra in a program of premieres by Carlos Bandera, Ellen Reid, and Jihyun Noel Kim; the Orchestre Métropolitain Montreal with Dvořák’s 7th Symphony; the Symphonic Orchestra of Slovenian National Theater in Maribor for works by Bruch, Mozart, and Haydn; and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for a program featuring Women in Classical Music.

Candillari grew up in Serbia and Slovenia. She holds a Doctorate in Musicology from the Universität für Musik in Vienna, a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Master of Music and Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Universität für Musik in Graz. A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, she was also awarded a TED Fellowship.

Thorwald Jørgensen, theremin

Playing concerts all over the world, Thorwald Jørgensen is an avid ambassador for the theremin. He is one of the few musicians who have dedicated their career to this remarkable instrument, and has performed with a wide range of orchestras and ensembles all over the world.

Thorwald Jørgensen is known as one of the leading classical theremin players in the world. After graduating from the conservatory he quickly established himself as one of the most prominent players of the instrument and made a full time career of playing the instrument. Since the playing technique also resembles that of a string instrument, Thorwald was coached by Saskia Boon, former cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Having a busy concert schedule, Thorwald has played to great reviews as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral thereminist in Europe, both North and South America, Canada, Asia and Russia. Canadian composer Simon Bertrand has written a theremin concerto for Thorwald, to be premiered with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in 2023.

WAGNER, Der Fliegende Holländer, Overture
Simon BERTRAND, « Cinq moments dans la vie trépidante de Léon Théremine », Theremine Concerto (premiere)
DVOŘÁK, Symphony No. 7

Maison symphonique
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 7:30pm

Pre-concert Talk
Maison Symphonique Concert Hall at 6:30pm
One hour before the concert, you’re invited to discover the works on the program with Benjamin Goron, head of programming for the OM.

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