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Danbury Symphony Orchestra: Brahms and his Young Contemporary

October 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Three time Grammy nominated Clarinetist Todd Palmer, joins Maestro Ariel Rudiakov and the DSO once again to perform Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Sonata Op. 120, No. 1 orchestrated by Italian composer Luciano Berio

October 27th, 3:00 pm

WCSU, School of Visual & Performing Arts, 43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury, CT 06811

Admission is free
Donations will gratefully be accepted at the door


Clarinetist Todd Palmer has appeared as soloist, recitalist, chamber music collaborator, educator, arranger, and presenter in a variety of musical endeavors around the world. A three time Grammy nominated artist, he has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta, Houston, BBC Scotland orchestras; St. Paul, New York, Cincinnati, Montréal, and Metamorphosen chamber orchestras, as well as many others. He’s collaborated with many of the worlds finest string ensembles such as the St. Lawrence, Brentano, Borromeo, Pacifica, Daedalus and Ying quartets; and has also shared the stage with sopranos Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, Elizabeth Futral, Heidi Grant Murphy and Dawn Upshaw, and many other notable instrumentalists. He has championed Osvaldo Golijov’s Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind  around the world and commissioned the theatre work  Orpheus and Euridice  by  Ricky Ian Gordon which was presented  by  Great Performers at Lincoln Center in 2005 .  He was a winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions, and has  participated in numerous music festivals in the US and abroad including 18 years at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, 5 years at the Marlboro Festival and the Tanglewood Institute, where he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship.  He has also held principle clarinet positions in the Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Gotham Chamber Opera and the Grand Teton Festival.  In 2008 he premiered  David Bruce’s Gumboots, a Carnegie Hall commission that was written especially for him and the St. Lawrence Quartet, and for two years appeared in Lincoln Center’s revival of South Pacific.Recently he appeared as soloist in Robert Lepage’s staging of Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other  Fables at BAM — dressed as a Cossack and performed the Mozart clarinet concerto as a part of Great Performers at Lincoln Center’s What Makes It Great series.


Ariel Rudiakov, Music Director and Conductor, Danbury Symphony Orchestra

Ariel Rudiakov is a third-generation musician receiving his early musical training from his parents, cellist Michael and pianist Judith in Riverdale, NY.  In addition to his post as Music Director for the DSO, he was recently appointed conductor of the University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and co-coordinator of string chamber music studies there. Ari was Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester Music Festival for 16 years and is now Co-founder and Director of Taconic Music, Inc. After attending Manhattan School of Music’s Preparatory Division (Pre-College) Ari went on to earn viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s masters program where he studied privately with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. In both capacities, Rudiakov enjoys a wide-ranging and diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music throughout the USA and abroad with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Andre Michel Schub, Adam Neiman, Joseph Kalichstein and many others. At the podium, he has collaborated with world-renowned musicians; violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, among others of similar note. In addition to his post with the Danbury Symphony and Manchester Chamber Orchestra’s he has been conductor of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and Metropolitan symphonies in  New Jersey, as a guest for NYC’s Antara Ensemble, Harlem Chamber Players ,Yonkers Philharmonic and others. He is a former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet and was a founding member of SONYC (the String Orchestra of New York City).Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens, the critically acclaimed piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini along with many live performances drawn from decades of concerts at the MMF. American composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Rudiakov, who is also active in commissioning and recording new music.

He has appeared on WAMC, WQXR, NY and Vermont Public Radio and Public Television, and additionally has held positions at Middlebury and Bennington Colleges and Manhattan School of Music, Preparatory Division.Ariel resides in Manchester, VT and Yonkers, NY with his wife, violinist Joana Genova and their two children; Michael Arthur and Liliana Judith. He plays a viola made by Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.


October 27, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


WCSU, School of Visual and Performing Arts (VPAC)
43 Lake Ave Extension
Danbury, CT 06811 United States
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