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Event

Summer Philharmonic - Thomas Wilkins, guest conductor; Arnaldo Cohen, piano soloist - - Summer Music 2017

Summer Philharmonic

Thomas Wilkins, guest conductor Arnaldo Cohen, piano soloist

Repertoire Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major,        Op. 73 (Emperor) Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (From the        New World), Op. 95

About the Artists

Thomas Wilkins (conductor)

Thomas Wilkins is music director of the Omaha Symphony; a position he has held since 2005. Additionally he is Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor Chair with the Boston Symphony. This August, he will join the faculty of the IU Jacobs School of Music, where he will assume the Henry A. Upper chair of Orchestral Conducting established by the late Barbara and David Jacobs as a part of Indiana University’s Matching the Promise Campaign. Past positions have included resident conductor of theDetroit Symphony and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond (VA) Symphony. He also has served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the Best People and Ideas of 2011. In 2014, Wilkins received the prestigious Outstanding Artist award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards, for his significant contribution to music in the state. During his conducting career, he has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra—both of which he returned to guest conduct in the 2016/2017 season. Additionally, he has conducted the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Utah Symphony, at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago (where he will return in the summer of 2017), and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., to name a few.

His commitment to community has been demonstrated by his participation on several boards of directors, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Charles Drew Health Center (Omaha), the Center Against Spouse Abuse in Tampa Bay, and the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Academy Preparatory Center both in St. Petersburg, FL. Currently he serves as chairman of the board for the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund and as national ambassador for the non-profit World Pediatric Project headquartered in Richmond, VA, which provides children throughout Central America and the Caribbean with critical surgical and diagnostic care.

A native of Norfolk, VA, Thomas Wilkins is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He resides with his wife Sheri-Lee in Omaha. They are the proud parents of twin daughters, Erica and Nicole.

Arnaldo Cohen (piano soloist)

Arnaldo Cohen graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with an honors degree in both piano and violin, while studying for an engineering degree. He became a professionalviolinist in the Rio de Janeriro Opera House Orchestra but continued his piano studies with Jacques Klein, a disciple of William Kapell, and later with Bruno Seidlhofer and Dieter Weber. He was the first-prize winner of the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition.

He has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Royal Philharmonic, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, under the baton of leading conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. He has also played numerous recitals all over the world. He has performed as a member of the Amadeus Piano Trio as well as with the Lindsay Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Orlando Quartet, and Vanbrugh Quartet. His recordings, for several labels, include works by Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, and Brazilian composers.

Professor Cohen is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He took part in several juries of international piano competitions, including the Chopin and Busoni Competitions.

School of Music venue: Musical Arts Center

TIME: 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: IU Jacobs School of Music (MAC; Auer, Ford recital halls), Third Street and Jordan Avenue, Bloomington. 855-7433    www.music.indiana.edu


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