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2018-2019 Season / Specials / SYMPHORIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA WINTER 2019
All performances at 7:00pm at Crouse Hinds Concert Theater

Hear some of Central New York's most talented young musicians perform diverse musical selections, featuring the winner of the Symphoria Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition, Sonia Richman, and the Symphoria Youth Repertory Orchestra playing side-by-side with Symphoria musicians.


REBECCA DODD I conductor
NEWBOLD: Iditarod,
HORNER: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from 'Titanic') 
ANDERSON: Plink, Plank, Plunk! 
BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Overture
CHAMINADE: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra
STRAVINSKY: Berceuse and Final from Firebird (1919 version)
SEAN O'LOUGHLIN | Guest Conductor
O'LOUGHLIN: The Art of Racing in the Rain
COPLAND: Corral Nocturne, Saturday Night Waltz, Hoedown from Rodeo



7:00pm | Crouse Hinds Concert Theater

Artist Information:

Christian Capocaccia

Recognized as an “energetic” performer by The New York Times, Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia has distinguished himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with musicians and singers alike have made him a favourite with orchestras, opera companies and vocalists.

Mr. Capocaccia was appointed as the Symphoria Associate Conductor and Symphoria Youth Orchestra Music Director in 2017. He returns to Pittsburgh Opera in April 2018 for a production of Donizetti l’Elisir d’Amore.

In the 16/17 season, Mr. Capocaccia completed his 5th season as Music Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic. In the Fall he made his company debut with the Pittsburgh Opera, conducting La Traviata. In February he returned to Syracuse Opera to lead performances of Rigoletto.

In the 15/16 season, Mr. Capocaccia took the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic ensemble to New York City for their Carnegie Hall debut. For the Spring semester of 2016, he served as adjunct professor and visiting conductor with Montclair State University’s opera department. In the Fall of 2015 he returned to the Manhattan School of Music to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in a symphonic concert, and in February 2016 made his debut with Syracuse Opera in La Boheme. His performances with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra in March marked his debut with that ensemble.

Mr. Capocaccia previously held positions as assistant conductor of the Dallas Opera, resident conductor of the Fischer Center at Bard College, assistant conductor of the IU New Music Ensemble, and assistant professor of conducting at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He has regularly conducted AsLiCo, and has recently conducted operas with the Manhattan School of Music, and the Welsh National Opera. He is a former Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow, where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin.

Born in Rome, he attended the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory studying under Paolo Ciociola and completed his studies with world-renowned violinist Nina Beilina in New York. Subsequently he studied composition under Boris Porena and Luciano Pelosi, and conducting with Piero Bellugi and Donato Renzetti. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington under David Effron he has participated in Master classes with Herbert Blomstedt, Gustav Meier and Leonard Slatkin.

As a guest conductor he has appeared both in the United States and Europe leading ensembles such as the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio, Moscow Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, Orchestra Città Aperta, International Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra da Camera delle Marche and Orchestra Sinfonica di Pesaro among others.

Sean O'Loughlin

Sean O’Loughlin (b.1972) is the Principal Pops Conductor for Symphoria. He is a fresh voice and a rising name in the music world. His music is characterized by vibrant rhythms, passionate melodies, and colorful scoring. Commissions from the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra highlight and showcase his diverse musical abilities. As a conductor, he has led performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the Seattle Symphony amongst others. He was the conductor and arranger for the critically acclaimed symphony tour with Sarah McLachlan. He was also the assistant conductor and arranger for a production of Sgt. Pepper Live in Las Vegas featuring the band Cheap Trick.

Recent collaborations include such artists as Sarah McLachlan, Adele, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Hall and Oates, Gloria Estefan, the Indigo Girls, Diana Krall, Itzhak Perlman, Natalie Merchant, Chris Isaak, Blue Man Group, Pink Martini, Brandi Carlile, The Decemberists, Martina McBride, Josh Ritter, Gloria Gaynor and others. The Los Angeles Times calls his orchestrations “...colorful” while adding “...even more dimension...” to the compositions. Daily Variety heralds Sean’s writing as “most impressive ...” with a “wide range of coloring in the orchestra...” that “...adds heft and rolling energy.”

Growing up in Syracuse, NY, Sean displayed a passion for music at an early age. Sean benefitted from loving parents who supported his musical aspirations and challenged him to explore music as a career. During his undergraduate years at Syracuse University, Sean’s musical career began to take shape with the guidance of Larry Clark. As Vice-President at Carl Fischer Music, Larry continues to be a major influence in Sean’s professional career as mentor and friend.

Through his growing number of commissioned and published works, Sean is excited to continue contributing to the rich history of orchestral and wind band literature. His music is published by Carl Fischer and Hal Leonard. He is a frequent guest conductor with professional orchestras and honor bands around the country. An annual ASCAP Special Awards winner, Sean was a composition fellow at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles, and holds composition degrees from New England Conservatory and Syracuse University.

Rebecca Dodd

Becky Dodd is from Eugene, Oregon (and is still an Oregon Duck at heart). She started teaching private music lessons at age 16, and has taught in the public schools for over 30 years, the last 26 in the
Liverpool School District. She earned her Music Education degree from Wichita State University and her master’s degree in Reading from SUNY
Oswego. Becky enjoys her unique situation of following her students’ lives and musical development from fourth through eighth grade on the same campus. This allows student collaboration between levels and the ability to get to know each student as an individual. She enjoys judging
solo festivals, guest conducting and working with student teachers. She has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in four times and has
received the Optimist Teacher of the Month five times. In 2009 she was honored with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Musicians’ Award for
Outstanding Music Educators. Becky and her late husband Kit were honored by the Civic Morning Musicals with the Tiffany Award for family contribution to the community in 2015. Becky is currently on the Education Committee for Symphoria. She and her late husband Kit have
lived in Liverpool since 1981 and have two sons, Nicholas and Aaron.

Sonia Richman

Sonia Richman, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a junior music education major at Syracuse University. She currently studies flute with Symphoria musician Kelly Covert and is the principal flute of the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble. Sonia was the winner of the 2018 Syracuse University Concerto & Aria Competition, performing Fantasie by Georges Hue. In the past, she has been principal flute of the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and a concerto competition finalist at New England Music Camp. She is also a trombone player in the Syracuse University marching band and the music director of the Syracuse University Pep band. In her spare time, Sonia is an avid and competitive rock climber and an enthusiastic cat lover.

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