2012 Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass with Larry Rachleff

04/19/2012

Contributed by Molly O'Shea Polk

The 2012 Fourth Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass run jointly by Chris Younghoon Kim (Cornell University) and Jeffery Meyer (Ithaca College) will feature guest conductor Larry Rachleff in five days of classes, rehearsals and discussions culminating in a final concert conducted by the masterclass participants. Young conductors participating in the class will come from throughout the United States to work with Mr. Rachleff and the Ithaca and Cornell Orchestras. Mr. Rachleff will also lead open rehearsals with orchestras of both institutions. Previous guest conductor faculty have included Alexander Polishchuk, Gustav Meier, and Carl St.Clair.

Larry Rachleff is Professor of Conducting and Music director of Rice University's Shepherd School Orchestras in Houston, and serves as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the San Antonio Symphony. Mr. Rachleff has recently appeared as guest conductor with such prestigious orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted and presented master classes at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, and the Sydney and Queensland Australia conservatories. He is in constant demand as a conductor and master class clinician and is frequently invited to lead other conservatory orchestras such as those at The Juilliard School, England's Royal Northern College and The New England Conservatory. He has spent his summers conducting at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Aspen, Tanglewood, Interlochen, Music Academy of the West, and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. As an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, Mr. Rachleff has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state as well as in Europe and Canada. He has served as a principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors' Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.  As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with leading composers, including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty and John Harbison.

Schedule of Events
Day 1 Tuesday, 4/24
15:00 - 17:00 Piano Session (Beethoven, Symphony No. 3) Room 2330, IC
17:15 - 18:45 Orchestra Session – Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra (Beethoven) PRESSER, IC

Day 2 Wednesday, 4/25
10:30 - 12:30 Piano session (Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5) PRESSER, IC
14:20 - 15:50 Open Rehearsal with Larry Rachleff, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, Selections from Suites 1 & 2
16:40 - 18:25 Orchestra Session – Cornell Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev) BAILEY HALL, CU

Day 3 Thursday, 4/26
13:00 - 15:00 Piano Session (Beethoven) PRESSER, IC
16:15 - 17:45 Orchestra Session – ICCO (Beethoven) FORD HALL, IC
18:05 - 18:45 Open Rehearsal with Larry Rachleff, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, BARNES HALL, CU
19:30 - 20:30 Panel Discussion w/Larry Rachleff, Chris Kim, & Jeffery Meyer
Conducting, Rehearsing and Leadership, HANS BETHE HOUSE, CU

Day 4 Friday, 4/27
11:00 - 13:00 Piano session (Prokofiev) BARNES HALL, CU
16:30 - 18:30 Orchestra Session – CSO (Prokofiev) B20, LINCOLN HALL, CU
Day 5 Saturday, 4/28
13:00 - 15:30 Dress Rehearsal – ICCO & CSO PRESSER, IC
16:00 - 18:00 Concert

All are invited to attend the Final Concert with each of the eight participants of the class conducting.  Saturday, April 28, 4 PM, Ford Hall, Ithaca College. Admission is FREE.

Program
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra

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