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Conductor Lawrence Golan's 2019-2020 Season

July 22, 2019 | By Grant Communications
Collaboration with Bayerische Philharmonie,
Tour of China with the American Festival Orchestra,
Return Engagements with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
and a Rare Duo-Recital Tour
all part of conductor Lawrence Golan's 2019-2020 Season
 

Praised for his imaginative programming and vibrant performances, American conductor Lawrence Golan is Music Director of three orchestras across the country (Washington's Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Colorado's Denver Philharmonic and Pennsylvania's York Symphony Orchestra). Also an in-demand guest conductor, highlights of his coming season include leading the Denver Philharmonic in a collaborative performance with the Bayerische Philharmonie in Munich, Germany; conducting the final round of the 14th UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, and giving the world premiere (for string orchestra) of Pau Casals' String Quartet in E minor in Reus, Spain. Additional highlights include leading the American Festival Orchestra on a tour of China and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in performances of A Southwest Nutcracker with Tucson Regional Ballet Company (his eleventh consecutive return). A trained violinist who can be heard playing every so often, Golan's 2019-2020 season features a special performance with the Yakima Symphony Chorus and a four-city duo recital tour with pianist Steven Mayer, including a concert in New York City.
 
GUEST ENGAGEMENTS
August 3-7, 2019
Collegium Musicum La Rioja,  Logrono, Spain
 
September 8, 2019
Varna Summer International Music Festival, Varna, Bulgaria
Camerata Orphica Festival Orchestra
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concertos 2,3,4 & 5 
Lina Tur Bonet, violin; Tony Millan, cembalo; Manuel Blanco, trumpet;
Mario Carbotta, flute; Rudolf Leopold, cello; Alvaro Maria and Ignacio Yepe, recorder

November 2, 2019
Yakima Symphony Chorus, St. Paul Cathedral, Yakima, WA
Featuring the Heart Mountain Suite by Washington composer Sarah Mattox, based on texts from the journal of longtime Yakima Valley resident Kara Kondo.
Justin Raffa, conductor
Kimberly Sogioka, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Golan, violin
Anne Schilperoort, piano
 
December 10, 2019
Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Green Valley, AZ
SILVESTRI & BALLARD arr. BRUBAKER Concert Suite from The Polar Express
AMUNDSON Angels' Dance
TCHAIKOVSKY orch. GOLAN Selections from The Nutcracker Overture
"Snow Pas de Deux"
"March"
LUCAS RICHMAN Hanukkah Festival Overture  
ANDERSON Sleigh Ride
WENDEL Caribbean Sleigh Ride
CHADWICK "Noel" from Symphonic Sketches
ANDERSON-LOPEZ, arr. KROGSTAD Music from Frozen
STEPHENSON A Holly Jolly Sing-Along! 
 
December 13, 14 M & Eve., 15, 2019   
Tucson Regional Ballet Company & Tucson Symphony, Tucson Music Hall,Tucson, AZ
A Southwest Nutcracker 
 
December 25, 2019 - Jan. 2, 2020       
American Festival Orchestra - China Tour 
December 25, 26: concerts in Yinchuan, Ningxia  
December 28: concert in Wuhai, Inner-Mongolia
December 30: concert in Ordos, Inner-Mongolia
January 1: concert in Baotou, Inner-Mongolia
January 3: concert in Qingdao, Shandong
Denise Dillenbeck, violin

February 1, 2020
14th UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria, South Africa
ZK Matthews Great Hall, Unisa Muckleneuk Campus, Final Round   
 
February 16, 2020
Duo Recital - St. John's Episcopal Church, York, PA
BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G Major
FRANCK Sonata in A Major
Lawrence Golan, violin
Steven Mayer, piano
 
February 27, 2020
Duo Recital - The Seasons Performing Arts Center, Yakima, WA
BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G Major
FRANCK Sonata in A Major
Lawrence Golan, violin
Steven Mayer, piano  
 
March 7, 2020
Duo Recital - Venue To Be Announced, Denver, CO
BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G Major
FRANCK Sonata in A Major
Lawrence Golan, violin
Steven Mayer, piano

March 13, 2020   
PMEA Central Region Orchestra,Susquehannock High School,Glen Rock, PA
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 
 
March 24, 2020         
Duo Recital - Hunter College, New York, NY
BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G Major
FRANCK Sonata in A Major
Lawrence Golan, violin
Steven Mayer, piano  
 
May 22, 2020
Reus Concerts Association, Reus,Spain
SIBELIUS Impromptu in B minor, Op. 5, No. 5
PAU CASALS String Quartet in E minor (world premiere for string orchestra)
RAVEL Pavane pour une infante defunte
KARLOWICZ Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 2 
 
May 23, 24, 2020
Conducting Academy DIESIS,Valencia, Spain
Lawrence Golan Conducting Masterclass

 
YAKIMA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Yakima, WA
2019-20 Season, "One Thousand and One Nights"
Capitol Theatre
 
September 14, 2019 Pops I - Great Ladies of Swing
Sultry songsmith Dee Daniels interprets timeless standards made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.
 
September 28, 2019, Classical I - Bolero
LILI BOULANGER D'un matin de printemps
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
DEBUSSY La Mer
RAVEL Bolero
 
October 26, 2019 Pops II - Frankenstein!
A screening of the original Boris Karloff film, with soundtrack performed live by the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.
 
November 23, 2019, Classical II - Made in America
JOAN TOWER Made in America
COPLAND Billy the Kid Suite
DVORAK Cello Concerto
Mark Kosower, cello
   
December 7 & 8, 2019 Pops III - Holiday Pops Spectacular
YSO is joined by dancers from the Yakima School of Ballet for this traditional family holiday program.
Yakima Symphony Chorus; Justin Raffa, chorusmaster
Yakima School of Ballet
Lisa Price, director

February 8, 2020 Classical III - Symphonic Dances
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite
Gabriela Lena Frank Three Latin-American Dances
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
 
February 29, 2020 Pops IV - Name That Tune
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with famous classical repertoire that you know and love but can't necessarily name.
Steven Mayer, piano
Yakima Symphony Chorus
Justin Raffa, chorusmaster
 
March 21, 2020 Classical IV - Scheherazade & Other Remarkable Women
COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
ANGELIQUE POTEAT Open Solo
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade
Angelique Poteat, clarinet
 
April 18, 2020 Classical V - String Fever
BOYER Three Olympians
BARBER Adagio for Strings
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
ANNA CLYNE Within Her Arms
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings
 
May 9, 2020 Pops V - Villalobos Brothers
The Yakima Symphony Orchestra partners with one of today's leading virtuoso contemporary Mexican ensembles.
 
May 30, 2020 Classical VI - Beethoven Bash
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVENSymphony No. 8
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
Daria Rabotkina, piano
Yakima Symphony Chorus
Justin Raffa, chorusmaster
   
 
YORK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, York, PA
2019-20 Season
Appell Center for the Performing Arts
 
October 12, 2019 Orchestra Opening Night
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake: Suite
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Three Latin-American Dances for Orchestra
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances
 
October 19, 2019 Frankenstein: The Original Film w/ Live Orchestra
York Symphony Orchestra pays homage to this timeless tale. A special screening of the original Boris Karloff
Frankenstein film is accompanied with live music  (Frankenstein) that was composed in 2001 by Michael Shapiro.
 
November 9, 2019 Made in America  
JOAN TOWER Made in America
COPLAND Billy the Kid: Suite
DVORAK Cello Concerto in B Minor
Mark Kosower, cello

January 25, 2020 Bolero!
LILI BOULANGER One Spring Morning
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
DEBUSSY La Mer
RAVEL Bolero
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
(2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist)
 
February 15, 2020 Rhapsody in Blue
JENNIFER HIGDON Loco
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
Steven Mayer, piano 
 
March 14, 2020 I Know That Tune:
An Evening of Light Classical Favorites
York Symphony Chorus
Kathleen Shannon, Chorusmaster   
 
April 4, 2020 String Fever
PETER BOYER Three Olympians
BARBER Adagio for Strings
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
ANNA CLYNE Within Her Arms
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade in C Major
 
May 2, 2020 Beethoven's 9th
BEETHOVEN/DIANE WITTRY Ode to Joy Fanfare
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Elizabeth de Trejo, Soprano
Katherine Pracht, Mezzo-soprano
Todd Wilander, Tenor
Hidenori Inoue, Bass
York Youth Symphony Orchestra
York Symphony Chorus
Kathleen Shannon, Chorusmaster
 
DENVER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Denver, CO
2019-20 Season
Antonia Brico Stage, Central Presbyterian Church

October 4, 2019 First Impressions: Music & Monet
LILI BOULANGER D'un matin de printemps (One Spring Morning)
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
DEBUSSY La Mer
RAVEL Bolero
Stephanie Cheng, piano
 
November 15 &16, 2019 The Mozart Requiem
A special collaboration with Central City Opera
MOZART Requiem
ROSSINI La gazza ladra Overture
PONCHIELLI "Dance of the Hours" from La Gioconda
BORODIN "Polovetsian Dances" from Prince Igor
 
December 20 & 21, 2019 Holiday Cheer!  
Arr. SHAW & BENNETT The Many Moods of Christmas Suite No. 4
TCHAIKOVSKY, orch. GOLAN Selections from The Nutcracker: Overture; "March;"
Spanish Dance; Arabian Dance; Chinese Dance
RICHMAN Hanukkah Festival Overture
ANDERSON Dance of the Mirlitons, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Dance
HANDEL "Hallelujah Chorus" from The Messiah
STEPHENSON A Holly Jolly Sing-Along!
Arvanda Chorale, Marla Wasson Artistic Director
Cherry Creek Dance, Stephanie Prosenjak, Artistic Director 
 
February 22, 2020 Roulette with
DPO International Conducting Workshop participants
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"
MUSSORGSKY orch. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
 
May 15, 2020 Beethoven Celebration
BEETHOVEN/DIANE WITTRY Ode to Joy Fanfare
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 "Ode to Joy"
Andrew Cooperstock, piano

JULY 18, 2020 Collaboration with Bayerische Philharmonie, Munich, Germany
Cuvillies-Theater der Residenz 
BEETHOVEN/DIANE WITTRY Ode to Joy Fanfare 
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 "Ode to Joy"
 
 
LAMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Denver, CO
2019-20 Season 
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts  
 
February 11, 2020 Philip Glass: Jane - In Concert
A documentary film about Jane Goodall, in collaboration with the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and National Geographic
 
March 10, 2020
Jorge Salazar & Taylor Gonzales, Assistant Conductors
PIAZZOLLA Suite (Karendra Devroop, Saxophone)
Adios Nonino (Lawrence Golan, Conductor)
Oblivion (Taylor Gonzales, Conductor)
Libertango (Jorge Salazar, Conductor)
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
(Steven Mayer, Piano; Lawrence Golan, Conductor)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 (Lawrence Golan, Conductor)
 
APRIL 23-26, 2020 Spring Opera with the Lamont Opera Theatre
MOZART Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)
(sung in German with English dialogue)
 
JUNE 4, 2020 Season Finale, Denver, CO
With Lamont Chorale
Women's Choir (Catherine Sailer, Director)
and Men's Chorus (Kyle Fleming, Director)
CHABRIER Espana (Lawrence Golan, Conductor)
DU Honors Competition Winner (Lawrence Golan, Conductor)
FORREST Requiem for the Living (Catherine Sailer, Conductor)
 
LAWRENCE GOLAN, CONDUCTOR
Acclaimed for his inspired performances and evocative command of different styles and composers, American conductor Lawrence Golan has developed a reputation as a dynamic, charismatic communicator both on and off the podium. He has conducted throughout the United States, and in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, England, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and continues to develop relationships with orchestras nationally and abroad. Golan has been Music Director of  Washington's Yakima Symphony Orchestra since 2010, the Denver Philharmonic since 2013 and Pennsylvania's York Symphony Orchestra since 2014.
 
Highlights from recent seasons include return engagements with Italy's Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo and Orchestra Sinfonica Citta di Grosseto, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Portland Ballet Company, debuts with the Maui Pops Orchestra, Mexico's Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes, China's Wuhan Philharmonic, the music festivals of Colorado and Batumi (Georgia, Eastern Europe), and a 14-city tour of China with the Denver Philharmonic.
 
Golan is also Music Director of Colorado's Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre at the University of Denver.
 
Mr. Golan records for Albany Records.His most recent release is the 2018 Albany Records world premiere blue ray disc and audio CD of composer Jiaojiao Zhou's theatrical symphonic poem Ode to Nature with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.
 
A native of Chicago, Lawrence Golan comes from a musical family - his father, the late Joseph Golan, served as Principal Second Violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over three decades. He received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting and Violin Performance from Indiana University's School of Music, and his D.M.A. in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music. He was the recipient of a Tanglewood Music Center Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship, and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellowship. Earlier posts include serving as Resident Conductor, Phoenix Symphony (2006-2010), Music Director, Phoenix Youth Symphony (2006-2009), Music Director, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras (2002-2006), founder and Artistic Director, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (1998-2003), Music Director, Portland Ballet Company (1997-2013),and Music Director, Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra (1990-2001). Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have two young children.  
 
Further details can be found by visiting www.lawrencegolan.com.
 
Press Contact, please contact: 
Laura Grant: TEL: 917.359.7319; E-mail: Laura@grant-communications.com

 


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