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18-19 Winter
Conductor Wesley Schulz
Guest Artist Jorge Montilla Moreno, Clarinet
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Saturday, January 26, 2019 (7:30 pm)

Location: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Chris Rogerson: Luminosity
Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral
Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto
with Guest Artist Jorge Montilla Moreno
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Please come early and join us in the Kimberly-Clark Theater for a pre-concert talk, starting at 6:40 pm! Our Conductor and guest artist will tell you a little about the music, and there will be a short question and answer session so you can get to know Dr. Schulz.

And don't forget to join us after the concert for our reception in the lobby!

Purchase tickets online or call (920)730-3760 with questions. »

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Concert Sponsor: Secura Insurance

Program Notes

Dr. Wesley Schulz is the newly appointed Associate Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony. In this position he conducts classical, pops, education, community, holiday and summer concerts at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh as well as venues throughout the state. Schulz was previously Music Director and Conductor of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound. As a Conducting Fellow, Schulz debuted with the Seattle Symphony in 2015 in a sold out performance with singer and songwriter Gregory Allan Isakov. He has received multiple invitations to return to the podium of the Seattle Symphony conducting a collaborative concert with singer and songwriter Amos Lee and to prepare the orchestra for the Oscar winning conductor and composer, John Williams. Schulz is a regular guest conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra where he leads family and educational performances that reach over 10,000 students annually.

For six seasons Schulz led the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in record setting growth and development. Together they set attendance and fundraising records, commissioned three world premieres including a work by Christopher Theofanidis, devised new artistic programs and collaborated with a host of artistic organizations ranging from the Bainbridge Chorale to the EDGE Improv troupe. From 2009 to 2013 Schulz was the assistant conductor of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Schulz was responsible for programming and conducting the annual Symphony Pops concert in addition to assisting the Music Director in the Classical Series. Through creative programming and energetic performances, Schulz and the orchestra transformed the Pops concert into the most highly attended program at the Britt Classical Festival – growing the number of attendees from 400 to over 2,000.

A passionate teacher as well as conductor, Schulz is deeply committed to working with young musicians. As Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound Schulz expanded the depth of the orchestra's repertory including a shared performance with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra of Mahler's Symphony No. 1. At the Seattle Conservatory of Music, a pre-college program for incredibly gifted musicians,Schulz taught conducting and score study. Further, Schulz has served as Music Director for both the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator all across the Pacific Northwest. A believer in quality music for young musicians, Schulz led the commissioning of two works for string orchestra by nationally recognized composer Alan Lee Silva. “Adventure on Bainbridge Island” and “Pictures of Puget Sound” have received rave reviews by performers and conductors alike.

From 2007-2011 Schulz directed the Texas Chamber Group, a group he founded in Austin, Texas dedicated to performing chamber orchestra works in creatively designed performance contexts. A special performance, the Rite of Spring Project, drew a standing-room-only crowd in witness of a discussion panel, dancers, and pianists as well as a full orchestra performance of the ballet score. This performance of Rite of Spring earned Schulz and the Texas Chamber Group the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Performance.

Upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the North Carolina Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Venice Symphony Orchestra, Lake Washington Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Juneau Symphony. Schulz has participated in a variety of masterclasses and conductor training programs including the Pierre Monteux School, the Eastman Summer Conducting Institute, and workshops sponsored by the Conductor’s Guild and International Conducting Workshops and Festivals. He has worked with Ludovic Morlot, Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Gustav Meier, Neil Varon, Thomas Wilkins, Mark Gibson, Michael Jinbo, Kirk Trevor, and Bridget-Michaele Reischl among others. His primary mentors include Gerhardt Zimmermann and Peter Bay.

Schulz graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education from Ball State University and Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. When not on the podium, Schulz can also be seen hitting the pavement in preparation for his next marathon.

Guest Artist Jorge Montilla

Montilla is the first Latin American clarinetist to record under the distinguished British label “Clarinetclassics”. Jorge Montilla is internationally considered one of the best clarinetists in Latin-America and one of the world’s best Eb Clarinet players. He has been appointed to premiere solo works by important composers such as Paul Desenne, Diana Arismendi, Roberto Cedeño Laya, Fidel Rodríguez, Mischa Zupko, Alfred Prinz, Ken Froelich, Alexandre Eisenberg, Víctor Varela and Efrain Amaya.

Mr. Montilla is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Former Principal Clarinet of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Montilla has appeared as soloist with the most important Venezuelan orchestras, the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, the Vale Veneto Festival Orchestra in Brazil, the Youth Orchestra of Peru, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Nuevo Mundo Festival Orchestra, the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra and the Longy School of Music Conservatory orchestra.

As a founding member and Artistic Director of the Caracas Clarinet Quartet, Mr. Montilla has concertized extensively throughout the world (South America, Europe, Asia and the USA), he has recorded two CDs (the second featuring Paquito D’Rivera) and his many compositions and arrangements have made him one of today's most pre-eminent composer/arranger for clarinet ensembles.

Montilla’s pedagogical experience includes teaching at Arizona State University, Longy School of Music of Bard College and he has been both Chairman of the Clarinet Department at the Conservatory of Music Simón Bolívar and clarinet professor at the Latin American Academy of Venezuela. He has also given master-classes, clinics and workshops for important universities and music conservatories in Colombia, Chile, Barbados, Sta. Lucia, USA, Puerto Rico, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil.
At the present, Jorge Montilla is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Iowa School of Music.

Jorge Montilla represents: Rossi Clarinets, D'Addario Reeds, Clarinetclassics,Royal Music Products, Lefreque sound bridges and BG Ligatures. His compositions and arrangements are published by Woodwindiana Editions and Montilla Brothers Editions. (co-founded with brother Javier Montilla)

Jorge Montilla is represented worldwide by QuatreKlammer.

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