The Bruckner Orchester Linz (also called Bruckner Orchestra Linz), conducted by Dennis Russell Davies and accompanied by guest violinist Renaud Capucon and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Handsaker, will perform at 7:30 pm, Friday, November 13 at the UNF Fine Arts Center. The program features famed American composer Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, Serenade, and “symphonic dances” from West Side Story.
The orchestra looks back on a history and tradition dating back more than 200 years and has developed over the last three decades into one of the leading orchestras of Central Europe, regularly leading concerts tours to Italy, Germany, Japan, France, the U.S. and across many other countries.
Acclaimed musician and conductor Dennis Russell Davies is avidly sought out for his extraordinary breadth of repertoire, technical brilliance and fearless music-making. A maverick in his field, he is hailed as “one of the few conductors whose unquestioned commitment to music of our age has not severed his connections to the standard repertory.” An esteemed presence who consistently remains at the forefront of both orchestral and operatic worlds, Davies is also an accomplished pianist, and is in demand by orchestras, composers and fellow musicians worldwide for his inspiring collaborations and interpretive mastery.
Davies is joined by Renaud Capuconwho was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” for 2005 by the French Victoires de la Musique, has taken his place among the top echelon of young violinists along with Australian-born Kathryn Handsaker, an accomplished operatic singer in her homeland and abroad. She has also received many awards and prizes during her solo career. In 2004, she received 3rd prize in the German Operatic Award, Melbourne, Australia. Also in 2004 she was a finalist for “Le Jeunes Voix du Rhin Young Artist Program” in Colmar, France. During 1999 Handsaker received an award from the Commonwealth Bank in Australia for the best performance in “L’enfant et les Sortileges.”