The Color of Sound
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2015
Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525, ext. 100
Concert Artists of Baltimore Announces Final Concert in Maestro Series on May 9: The Color of Sound with Nancy Roldán
Baltimore, MD: Concert Artists of Baltimore presents the third and final concert in its Maestro Series, “The Color of Sound”. Pack your bags for this musical journey, using a map of soundscapes in the atmospheric experience of Bolcom’s Symphony No. 3. French masters Fauré, Ravel, and Badings are featured in the fine art of French choral singing. Ravel’s dazzling Piano Concerto provides a vibrant conclusion to this colorful program.
Performance Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Visit cabmusic.org or call 410-625-3525, ext. 101, for concert tickets.
Performance Location: The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD, 21117. Safe and free parking available on site.
This concert is sponsored by the Peggy & Yale Gordon Trust.
Concert Artists of Baltimore is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
These programs are also made possible by a grant from The Citizens of Baltimore County.
Pianist Nancy Roldán concertizes extensively as recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestras. Acclaimed “excellent pianist” by New York critics and admired for her ability to “breathe life into the score,” she has performed in international festivals in Italy, Brazil, the USA, Argentina, and Canada, appearing at the Kennedy Center, Weill-Carnegie Hall, teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires, and Austria’s Bösendorfer Saal among other venues. She has performed concerti with conductors such as Rodolfo Kubik, Ignacio Calderón, José Serebrier, Frederick Prausnitz, Jorge Fontenla, Kenneth Kiesler, Victor Tevah, and Edward Polochick. Special solo and chamber music performances include Homage to Casals, Peabody’s film “The Mind of Music,” and The Golden Age of Tango at the Library of Congress. Roldán plays traditional repertory as well as music rarely heard, having premiered numerous works by her contemporaries, many dedicated to her, including Jorge Villavicencio-Grossman’s Angelus!, premiered at Notre Dame of Maryland University in October 2011. Throughout her career she has championed works by Argentine compatriot composer Carlos Guastavino. Her performances have been broadcast live in NPR-Argentina; WYPR, WQXR, WVIA, COPR, WETA, and NYPR in the USA. She is Founder/Director of the Liszt-Garrison Festival & International Competition, serves on the American Liszt Society board of directors, and presides its Baltimore-Washington Chapter. Honors include performance prizes, travel grants, Distinguished Alumnae Award, UNC/Argentina, and two Faculty Development Grants from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, where she taught from 1976 to 2007. Prior to Peabody she taught and held administrative positions at the National University of Cuyo, Argentina, the University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. Her recordings include Horizons: Piano Music of Latin America for solo piano and Music from the Americas for piano duo for Centaur Records, as well as audience favorites Remembrance and On Wings of Angels with José Cueto. Recent engagements have included master classes, solo recitals, and lecture-recitals at Florida International University, FL; Ithaca College, NY; Towson University, Maryland; and James Madison University, VA. Her presentations address music as a career, performance practices, the art of sight-reading, Franz Liszt, and Argentine and Latin America Music Literature for the Piano. Ensemble recitals with José Cueto have included the premiere of her 2014 transcriptions of Astor Piazzolla’s Four Buenos Aires Seasons for violin and piano. In the summer she performs tango and traditional repertory at the Hood College Chamber Music Series and Chamber Music on the Hill at McDaniel College. Roldán holds masters and doctoral degrees from JHU. She maintains a consulting studio in Maryland. Besides performances, she is currently dedicated to the organization of the first decade celebration of the Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Competition, to take place in October 2015 under the title Magyar. For more information, please visit her website, <nancyroldan.com>.
Maestro Polochick is founder and Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore, an all-professional orchestra and all-professional vocal ensemble of seventy musicians, which is celebrating its 28th season. 2014-2015 also marks his 17th season as Music Director of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in Nebraska.
From 1979-1999 he was on the staff of the Baltimore Symphony as Director of the Symphony Chorus and since 1979 he has been at the Peabody Conservatory as Associate Conductor of the Orchestra, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor. An accomplished pianist and harpsichordist, he has appeared as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Since winning the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award and conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Polochick has attracted attention as an orchestral, operatic, and choral conductor. His appearances have included the Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Aalborg Symphony of Denmark, Omaha Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia, and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico.
Originally from the Scranton, PA area, Mr. Polochick resides in Baltimore, where he is often asked to share his knowledge and love of music at various lecture series, adjudications, and radio broadcasts. He received the Peggy and Yale Gordon Achievement Award and in 2000 he was made an honorary member of the Baltimore Music Club.
In 2002 he was awarded the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award, one of only three Peabody alumni to be so honored. In 2011 he adjudicated the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition in Caiazzo, Italy. This season Maestro Polochick leads a set of Masterworks Series concerts on the podium of the Charleston (SC) Symphony.
Concert Artists of Baltimore
Founded by Edward Polochick and now in its 28th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Basilica of the Assumption, St. Pius X Church, and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett- Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.
The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., The Visionary Arts Museum, Elizabethtown College, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale. This season features a collaboration with Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space.
Concert Artists’ philosophy is simple: To make all kinds of music accessible and engaging to everyone by presenting diverse programs of classical music plus special concerts featuring pops, operetta, and lighter favorites.