FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2015
Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525
Concert Artists of Baltimore Presents Baroque Masterworks March 7, 2015
Baltimore, MD: Concert Artists of Baltimore announces the second concert in its Maestro Series, “Baroque Masterworks”. Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as you’ve never heard—or seen—it before! Have you ever wondered what Vivaldi was thinking when he composed his masterpiece? Vivaldi gave us a blueprint in his score, and this concert will feature visual projections of his published Four Seasons sonnets. Along with Handel’s virtuosic Dixit Dominus for chorus, this program is an exquisite pairing of Baroque blockbusters. Artistic Director Edward Polochick will conduct from the harpsichord and Concertmaster José Miguel Cueto will be the featured soloist. The performance is dedicated in memory of Mark D. Pacione.
Performance Location: St. Pius X, 6428 York Road, Baltimore, MD, 21212.
Performance Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Visit the website, cabmusic.org, or call 410-625-3525.
This concert is sponsored by the Adalman-Goodwin Foundation.
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.
This program is also made possible in part through the sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council, and the Commission on the Arts and Sciences.
José Miguel Cueto
Violinist José Miguel Cueto is the Concertmaster of Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Festival Orchestra. He performs worldwide as chamber musician and guest soloist with orchestras. A featured guest artist in major music festivals in North America, Puerto Rico, France, and Italy, recent tours include Hungary, Slovakia, China, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Russia. While pursuing his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, he performed with Ruggiero Ricci and his teacher Berl Senofsky in the “Masters of Today and Tomorrow” series. He has also performed with cellist Steven Kates, harp virtuoso Nicanor Zabaleta, clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, pianists Leon Fleisher, Jesus Maria Sanromá, and Nancy Roldán, with whom he has toured and recorded extensively.
Recognized for the beauty of his tone, the Washington Post observed “If one wanted bravura, Cueto brought it in spades. With a rich vibrato and seamlessly brilliant technique, Cueto never hesitated to give it full rein.” Recordings with orchestra include Gladness of Heart, performing the Menotti Violin Concerto with Concert Artists of Baltimore conducted by Edward Polochick, and his latest, with Vladimir Lande conducting the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra of Russia, featuring Violin Concertos by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ottorino Respighi, in addition to his own violin solo and string orchestra arrangement of the song La rosa y el sauce by Carlos Guastavino, for the Marquis label.
Upcoming performances for the 2014-2015 season include Across the Seas: From Opera to Tango to benefit the Liszt-Garrison Competition First Decade celebration, and chamber music performances featuring music by Astor Piazzolla. Artist in Residence and Chair of Strings at St. Mary’s College of Maryland through 2015, he teaches for the Road Scholar program at Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute, and has recently joined the Catholic University of America String Department. José Cueto plays a 1920 Stefano Scarampella and a 2006 Luiz Bellini violin.
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.