Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op.55, “Eroica”
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Health and Safety
The ESO is thrilled to return to the stage for an exciting 2021-2022 season! We look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy live performances with your Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
The health and safety of our musicians, staff, and you are paramount as we resume live concert experiences. As such, we have established the following policies in accordance with CDC and State of Illinois guidelines to best protect everyone who enters the concert hall:
- All audience members must provide proof of complete vaccination for COVID-19 prior to entering the concert venue, regardless if these were previously shown or submitted.
- Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination record to the performance (photos of both sides of the record are also accepted), as well as photo Identification.
- As currently mandated by the State of Illinois, concert attendees will be required to wear masks at all times within concert venues.
- Tickets will be on sale at the Hemmens Cultural Center one-hour prior to each performance. However, to be mindful of the safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, we encourage our patrons to purchase tickets in advance to prevent crowding within the venue.
- Pre-purchased tickets may be collected at Will Call on the day of the concert. Tickets purchased online the day of the concert will require proof of purchase.
We look forward to welcoming you back for a wonderful season of great music. If you have any questions, please contact our Box Office at 847-888-4000.
Ankush Kumar Bahl
Ankush Kumar Bahl is currently the 13th Music Director in the Omaha Symphony’s 100-year history. He 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.
Bahl is a proud recipient of four separate Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards between 2011 to 2016 and the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship (Leipzig). A protege of former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur, Bahl served as his assistant conductor at the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In addition, Bahl has been fortunate to count Maestros Jaap van Zweden, Zdenek Macal, Christoph Eschenbach, David Zinman and Gianandrea Noseda among his mentors.
From 2011-15, Bahl was the Assistant Conductor at the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. During his four year tenure, Bahl conducted over 100 performances, including his subscription debut in 2012, his Wolf Trap debut in 2013, the inaugural concert of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall’s Rubenstein Family Organ, numerous run out concerts for the NSO’s In Your Neighborhood program, and his annual Young People’s Concerts which educated over 24,000 students each year. In addition, Bahl was the primary conductor for their Beyond the Score series. In February 2013, Bahl’s ability to step in on short notice was once again called upon when he successfully replaced Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at a few hours’ notice in a concert with the NSO that featured soloists Kelley O’Conner and Daniil Trifonov. Other soloists Bahl has collaborated with include Lang Lang, Sara Chang, Lara St. John, Karen Gomyo, Nicholas Drauticourt, Bhezod Aburiamov, Benjamin Grosnver, Orion Weiss, Conrad Tao, Charlie Albright, Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim and Concertgebouw Concertmaster Vesko Eschkenazy.
American born and of Indian descent, Ankush Kumar Bahl is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and received a double degree in music and rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival with David Zinman and completed his master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music with Zdenek Macal and George Manahan. In recent years Bahl has been a frequent collaborator with jazz legend Wayne Shorter, leading his quartet in concerts of his orchestral music at both the Kennedy Center and the Detroit Free Jazz Festival.
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