Thursday, January 27, 2011

John McLaughlin Williams Conducts: 'Music of America' with Ludmil Angelov as Pianist in Sofia, Bulgaria Mar. 15

[John McLaughlin Williams]

John McLaughlin Williams sends us two announcements in Bulgarian, which are translated with the help of Google Translation:

"Cantus Firmus AD is a leading Bulgarian company which is engaged in organizing concerts and concert tours. It has existed since 1995, initially as part of 'Classic FM'. The company is the creator and organizer of many concerts and tours with Bulgarian and visiting artists and ensembles."

"Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 19:30
Bulgaria Hall
Sofia, Aksakov № 1
Soloist: Ludmil Angelov, Piano
Classic FM M-Tel Orchestra

"Program: H. Hadley: Symphonic poem 'Othello', G. Gershwin: Concerto in F
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, C. Giannini: Suite from the opera "The Taming of the Shrew"
Ludmil Angelov is one of the favorite pianists of the Bulgarian public. Ever since his first concerts he has displayed the qualities of a great artist – technical brilliance and artistic devotion. During the 1987-1988 season Ludmil Angelov presented piano works of Chopin in a series of 12 recitals. For this unique event he received the “Young Musician of the Year” Award in Bulgaria.

"In 2007 American conductor John McLaughlin Williams was awarded a Grammy for his outstanding performance and compelling stage presence. He was the first African-American conductor to win a Grammy Award. He interprets the standard repertoire of the Classical and Romantic eras as well as contemporary music by American composers. His conducting is known on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to the critically praised recordings for the Naxos label. With the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Maestro Williams conducted premiere recordings of works by American composers, some familiar and others completely neglected until now. The recordings were issued in the Naxos American Classics series with great success. The Maestro has also conducted for the labels TNC, Artek, Cambria and Afka.

"His recent recording of Quincy Porter's Complete Viola Works, recorded with violist Eliesha Nelson, is on the Dorian label. Williams received a nomination for a Grammy in 2009 for recording concertos of Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Lee with violinist Elmar Oliveira. In 1999 Williams received the prestigious Geraldine C. and Emory Ford Award for American Conductors.

"The conducting experience of John McLaughlin Williams includes working with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kiev Philharmonic Orchesta, Boston Lyric Opera, Boulder Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra of East Texas.

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