Gala Concert to Feature Premieres and Winner

Final Double Reed Society Conference Gala Concert to Feature Premieres and Competition Winner

REDLANDS, June 20, 2013 — The University of Redlands School of Music will host the 42nd Annual Conference of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) on June 25-29, 2013. The conference features more than 130 events, six Gala concerts, the Gillet-Fox Solo Competition for Oboe, as well as the Young Artist Competition for Bassoon. Although the daytime events require registration for the conference, the School of Music and the International Double Reed Society have coordinated with Redlands Community Music Association and the Redlands Symphony Orchestra to present four orchestra Gala concerts that will be free and open to the public.

The Saturday night Gala concert will feature oboe soloists Keisuke Wakao and Emily Pailthorpe, along with bassoon soloists Frank Morelli, Yoshihide Kiryu, and Valery Popov. The concert will also feature the winner of the Fox-Gillet Solo Competition. The Redlands Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Milan Turkovic and Gordon Hunt. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. June 29 in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands and will be free and open to the public, with first priority given to IDRS members.

Oboist, Keisuke Wakao will perform the Concerto for Oboe by John Williams. Mr. Wakao is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. In the fall of 1990 he was appointed assistant principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal oboe of the Boston Pops Orchestra having previously performed with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa. A native of Tokyo, Mr. Wakao received his performance diploma from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with New York Philharmonic principal oboe Joseph Robinson. Composer, John Williams’ Oboe Concerto was written for and dedicated to Mr. Wakao. Saturday’s concert will be the west coast premiere of the Concerto.

Concerto in B flat major for bassoon and orchestra, K.191 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will feature Principal Bassoonist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Frank Morelli. Mr. Morelli teaches at The Juilliard School, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Stony Brook. Frank performed at the White House for the final state dinner of the Clinton Presidency, and was soloist at Carnegie Hall on nine occasions. His Deutsche Grammophon CD of the Mozart Concerto won international critical acclaim.

Bassoonist, Yoshihide Kiryu will perform the Concerto in B flat major “La Notte”, RV 501/F. VIII no. 1 for bassoon and strings by Antonio Vivaldi. Mr. Kiryu was the first prizewinner of the wind division of the NHK Mainich competition in 1965. A Fulbright scholar, Kiryu studied at The Julliard and NEC. He served as principal bassoonist in the NHK symphony orchestra for 32 years until 2000. He teaches at Showa University of Music as a guest professor and is currently the chairman of the Japan Bassoon Society, and an adjudicator of the bassoon section of the Japan Wind-Percussion competition.

The world premiere of Concerto for Oboe “The Better Angels Of Our Nature” by Richard Blackford will feature Sinfonia Viva Principal Oboist Emily Pailthorpe. Ms. Pailthorpe’s career was launched at the age of 17 when she became the youngest artist to win the Fernand Gillet International Oboe Competition. Performing the Vaughan-Williams Concerto, she was hailed by the judges as “the Jacqueline du Pré of the oboe.” Emily went on to make her acclaimed concerto debut in 2003, playing the Strauss Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She appears regularly as guest Principal Oboe with many orchestras, notably the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Northern Sinfonia, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Opera, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and the English National Opera. She is also a sought-after session artist and is featured on the soundtracks for many films, most recently Jane Eyre and Harry Potter.

Valery Popov will perform the Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by Yuri Kasparov. Valery Popov is Professor of Bassoon at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music where he is also Chair of the Wind and Percussion Departments. Valery’s orchestral positions have included the State Symphony Orchestra of Radio and TV and the State Symphony Orchestra. He has given international masterclasses and performed as soloist around the world at prestigious concert halls together with prominent musicians and conductors. Important contemporary Russian bassoon music is dedicated to him (e.g. Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke and Edison Denissov). His CD recordings include all major concertos and works for bassoon from Baroque to the avant-garde. Valery has been a member of the jury for major bassoon competitions all over the world.

Over the past two decades, internationally known bassoon soloist, Milan Turkovic has emerged as a successful conductor, making appearances all over the world. The August 2009 issue of Ongaku No Tomo lists him as one of the top 20 most interesting conductors in the Tokyo music scene. He regularly acts as the principal conductor at the Japanese Festival at Kusatsu. In 2013 he conducted at the Rudofinium in Prague, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt and the Mozart Festival in Salzburg. He also conducted the finals and gala concert at the International ARD Competition in Munich.

Gordon Hunt is regarded as one of the world’s leading oboists. He holds the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace. He appears throughout the world as soloist and conductor and plays with many renowned chamber ensembles. In addition he has a distinguished orchestral career, currently being Principal Oboe of the London Philharmonia and London Chamber Orchestra. He previously held the same post with the London Philharmonic. He is also Principal Oboe of the World Orchestra for Peace.

For more information please contact the University of Redlands School of Music at 909-748-8732 or email

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