Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Barber
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Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Barber


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM


Nov, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Nov, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

No one reveals the kaleidoscopic brilliance of Rachmaninoff’s magnificent Symphonic Dances like the Philharmonic, whose musical palette here includes an alto saxophone, mysterious tubular bells, and evocations of Russian Orthodox chants. You’ll also hear soaring, lyrical serenity leading to the thrilling climax of Barber’s Violin Concerto spotlighting Concertmaster Frank Huang.



Much Ado About Nothing Suite



Violin Concerto



Symphonic Dances


Juraj Valčuha


Juraj Valčuha


Juraj Valčuha


Juraj Valčuha is music director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and first guest conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He was chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI from 2009 to 2016.

He studied composition and conducting in Bratislava, St. Petersburg (with Ilya Musin), and Paris. He made his debut with the Orchestre national de France in 2005 and has since led London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Milan’s Filarmonica della Scala. In North America Mr. Valčuha has led the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Pittsburgh, Boston, Cincinnati, San Francisco, National, and Montreal symphony orchestras.

On the opera stage, Mr. Valčuha has conducted Gounod’s Faust in Florence, Britten’s Peter Grimes in Bologna, and Richard Strauss’s Elektra, Bizet’s Carmen, and Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at Teatro di San Carlo.

In the 2015–16 season he led the New York Philharmonic in New York and at Bravo! Vail, and returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Munich and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. In 2016–17 he made his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra, and returned to San Francisco, Montreal, Minnesota, and Orchestre de Paris.

His engagements in 2017–18 took him back to the orchestras of San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Toronto, as well as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. At the Teatro di San Carlo he conducted productions of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Puccini’s Tosca, and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Highlights of Juraj Valčuha’s 2018–19 season include a production of Wagner’s Die Walküre in Naples, Richard Strauss’s Salomé in Bologna, concerts with the BBC, Vienna, Montreal, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Dallas symphony orchestras, and a tour of the Baltic countries with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

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Frank Huang


Frank Huang


Frank Huang


Frank Huang joined the New York Philharmonic as Concertmaster, The Charles E. Culpeper Chair, in September 2015. The First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. Since performing with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert at the age of 11 he has appeared with orchestras throughout the world including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of Hannover, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Genoa Orchestra. He has also performed on NPR’s Performance Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. He has performed at Wigmore Hall (in London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), and the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), as well as a second recital in Alice Tully Hall (New York), which featured the World Premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. Mr. Huang’s first commercial recording — featuring fantasies by Schubert, Ernst, Schoenberg, and Waxman — was released on Naxos in 2003. He made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in June 2016 leading and performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. In 2017–18 he led the Orchestra from his Concertmaster chair in works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, and performed with the Philharmonic as soloist in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole at Bravo! Vail.

Mr. Huang has had great success in competitions since the age of 15 and received top prize awards in the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition and the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Other honors include Gold Medal Awards in the Kingsville International Competition, Irving M. Klein International Competition, and D’Angelo International Competition.

In addition to his solo career, Mr. Huang is deeply committed to chamber music. He is a member of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet, established in the 2016–17 season, and has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Caramoor. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro’s tours, and was selected by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of the prestigious CMS Two program. Before joining the Houston Symphony as concertmaster in 2010, Frank Huang held the position of first violinist of the Grammy Award–winning Ying Quartet and was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music.

Frank Huang was born in Beijing, China. At the age of seven he moved to Houston, Texas, where he began violin lessons with his mother. He commenced study with Fredell Lack at the University of Houston and at 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. He continued studies with Weilerstein in college and earned his bachelor of music degree from CIM in 2002. He subsequently attended The Juilliard School in New York City, studying violin with Robert Mann. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West. He served on the faculties of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the University of Houston, and currently serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

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