Inspired by Antonin Dvorak’s instance at creating an American symphonic idiom, his Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) is paired with two amazing American works. Symphoria performs Adolfus Hailstork’s An American Fanfare in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday and Erich Korngold’s cinematic Violin Concerto rounds out the evening.
Please Note: Seating at Inspiration Hall may be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, and if restrictions are in place at the time of the concert, we will make every effort to accommodate all patrons. If we are unable to accommodate in person attendance, patrons may be offered an alternate concert date, or a livestream option.
We are pleased to feature Ruben Rengel, a 2018 Sphinx prize winner performing the Korngold Violin Concerto. Please enjoy this recording of his prize winning performance from 2018.
He has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and Venezuela Symphony, among others. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley, David Shifrin, Joel Krosnick, Timothy Eddy, and Gilbert Kalish. Rubén is a former member of the Autana Trio, prize winners at the 2015 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Rubén has attended music festivals such as Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar.
In addition to classical music, Rubén has extensive experience performing Venezuelan folk music and Jazz. This has allowed him to develop important abilities in the area of improvisation, and he has recorded and toured with distinguished Venezuelan ensembles. He also has a strong interest in the art of conducting and enjoys performing as a violist.
Community engagement and education are important components in Rubén’s activities. He has participated in programs with Street Symphony, Da Camera Houston’s Young Artist Program, the Sphinx Organization, the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Shepherd School of Music, Music@Menlo, and the Perlman Music Program. Rubén has taught master classes at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and was teaching assistant of Jan Mark Sloman, Patricia McCarty, and Kathryn Lucktenberg at the Meadowmount School of Music.
Rubén is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Mark Steinberg. Rubén earned a master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as a student of Paul Kantor, and a bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jaime Laredo. Rubén’s previous education was centered at the Emil Friedman Conservatory and School in Caracas, where he studied with Iván Pérez Núñez.
Rubén plays on a 1723 Carlo Bergonzi violin on loan from a generous collection, and he is a Kun Shoulder Rest Featured Artist.
Mr. Loh’s previous positions include: Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Opera; Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra; Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.
Having a particular affinity for pops programming, Mr. Loh has been engaged for repeat performances with Chris Botti, Idina Menzel, Ann Hampton Callaway, the Texas Tenors and more. He has assisted John Williams on multiple occasions and conducted numerous sold-out John Williams tribute concerts. He is particularly adept at conducting concerts synchronizing live orchestral music with film, and he is has lead Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Pixar in Concert, Disney in Concert, The Wizard of Oz and Singin’ in the Rain, among other concert productions.
Mr. Loh is active as a guest conductor, both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to annual concerts in Pittsburgh and Dallas, his recent engagements include the Boston Pops (Tanglewood); Detroit Symphony; San Diego Symphony; Seattle Symphony; Buffalo Philharmonic; and the Cathedral Choral Society at the Washington National Cathedral. Past engagements include the National (Washington D.C.), Indianapolis, Tacoma, Utah, Naples, Knoxville, Florida, El Paso, San Luis Obispo, Edmonton, Colorado, Charleston (SC), Malaysia, Daejeon (South Korea) and Greater Bridgeport Orchestras. His summer appearances include the festivals of Sun Valley, Bravo Vail Valley, Aspen (CO), Mann Center in Philadelphia, Breckenridge, Las Vegas, Hot Springs (AR), the Kinhaven Music School (VT) and the Performing Arts Institute (PA). In the summer of 2016, he made his debut at Tanglewood, conducting Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra and returned in 2017 to conduct the Boston Pops.
Mr. Loh received his Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale, his Masters in Choral Conducting from Indiana University and his BA, and Certificate of Management Studies, from the University of Rochester. Lawrence Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary. Follow him on instagram @conductorlarryloh or twitter @lawrenceloh or visit his website, www.lawrenceloh.com.