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Carnegie Hall

Monday, April 16, 2007 Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall
Xiayin Wang, piano and the City Symphony
George Manahan,conductor

Program

  • Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, in E Major, Op. 21
  • Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
  • Stravinsky Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss) Divertimento for Orchestra
  • Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

George Manahan

George Manahan, conductor and Music Director of the New York City Opera, is currently in his tenth season with the company. During his tenure, the New York City Opera has earned a reputation for maintaining the highest musical standards. Mr. Manahan is especially well known for his leadership of diverse productions such as La fanciulla del West (Puccini), Daphne (Strauss), Ermione (Rossini), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), and also for three "Live from Lincoln Center" telecasts: La bohème, Lizzie Borden, and Tosca. The company recently toured Little Women (Adamo) to Japan.

He served as Music Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Virginia) from 1987 to 1998. Under his leadership, the orchestra recorded the music of Ginastera and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and was honored four times by the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) for their commitment to 20th century music.

Mr. Manahan served as acting Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1985 and has been a regular guest conductor ever since. He has made frequent appearances with the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard Orchestra, as well as the Aspen Music Festival. Other appearances include the Atlanta Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and the National Symphony.

He received his formal musical training at the Manhattan School of Music, studying conducting with Anton Coppola and George Schick and was appointed to the faculty of the school upon his graduation in 1976. After the Juilliard School awarded him a fellowship as Assistant Conductor with the American Opera Center, he began his professional activities as a pianist and coach at the Santa Fe Opera in 1978.