Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 6 at 3:00 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin, IL
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin
Mendelssohn: Concerto, Violin, op.64, E minor
Beethoven: Symphony No.3, op.55 E-flat major (Eroica)
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NOTEworthy Concert Facts
Ankush Kumar Bahl
Currently Music Director Designate of the Omaha Symphony, Ankush Kumar Bahl is recognized today by orchestras and audiences alike for his impressive conducting technique, thoughtful interpretations, and engaging podium presence. In concert, he has left The Washington Post “wanting to hear more” and has been praised by The New York Times for his “clear authority and enthusiasm” and ability to “inspire.” His recent guest conducting highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orchestre National de France, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) Summer festival engagements include the Copenhagen Philharmonic at Tivoli, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, and at Wolf Trap with the NSO.
A protégé of former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur, Bahl served as his assistant conductor at the Orchestre National de France from 2008-2011. From 2011-2015, he served as the assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In addition to Maestro Masur. Bahl is fortunate to count Jaap van Zweden, Zdenek Macal, Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman, and Gianandrea Noseda among his mentors.
For more information: https://www.ankushbahl.com
American violinist Randall Goosby doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t connected to classical music – from the moment he picked up a violin at age seven, he felt at home with the instrument in his hands. The immediate sense of joy he felt when playing shaped his childhood, inspiring marathon practice sessions and eventually fueling regular trips from his home in Tennessee to New York City, where Itzhak Perlman had arranged a full scholarship to study with him at Juilliard. This early promise led to Mr. Goosby’s orchestral solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony at age nine and then, at thirteen, his first time on stage with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert at Avery Fisher Hall. He has since crisscrossed the nation, appearing with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Buffalo, Rochester, and Orlando philharmonics, and the Nashville, Memphis, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Modesto, Arkansas, South Bend, and New World Symphony orchestras.
Now 24 years old, Mr. Goosby complements a demanding performance schedule with volunteer commitments that allow him to use his artistic skills to inspire and serve others. He is energized by collaborations with community engagement programs across the country, including Opportunity Music Project, which provides free lessons, instruments, and mentoring for children from low-income families in New York City, and Concerts in Motion, which provides private house concerts for elderly and homebound patrons.
This season, Mr. Goosby balances Beethoven and Bruch with the music of Black composers, ranging from Tyshawn Sorey’s “Cycles of My Being” to the concertos of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. He has been invited to appear with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Toledo, Mobile, and Wilmington, and in intimate concerts with the Lincoln Center Atrium Series, Kravis Center, Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University, Salon de Virtuosi, Jupiter Chamber Players, FPC Concerts, Four Seasons Arts, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and Wigmore Hall.
A passionate chamber music collaborator, Mr. Goosby has been a frequent participant at The Perlman Music Program and has attended the Verbier Festival Academy, Mozarteum Summer Academy, and will perform at Yellow Barn in summer 2021.
A First Prize Winner in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Goosby made his New York City and Washington, D.C., recital debuts on the Young Concert Artists Series. This season, he appears on the YCA Encore Series at the Morgan Library & Museum with pianist Zhu Wang.
In 2019, Mr. Goosby was named the inaugural Robey Artist by Young Classical Artists Trust, in partnership with Music Masters in London. He is also the recipient of Sphinx’s Isaac Stern Award, through which he made two appearances at Carnegie Hall. Additional honors include recognition from NPR’s From The Top, Bagby Foundation, and the Stradivari Society, which named him a Rising Star.
Mr. Goosby is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, where he also earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as a Kovner Fellowship recipient and studied with Mr. Perlman, Ms. Cho, Laurie Smukler, and Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Goosby is an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics. He plays a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu of 1735, on generous loan by the Stradivari Society.
For more information: https://randallgoosby.com