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ABOUT THE ARTISTS KEITH LOCKHART, conductor BMC Artistic Director In 2007, Keith Lockhart succeeded David Effron as Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival. Lockhart’s appointment solidified an already special relationship with BMC; having attended as a teenager for two summers (1974, 1975), Lockhart was first featured as a guest conductor in 1996 and had since returned numerous times. He continues to serve as the Conductor of The Boston Pops Orchestra, and is Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, having served for the last eight years as its Principal Conductor. (see page 5 for complete biography)


Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Festival Chorus Keith Lockhart, conductor Ilana Davidson, soprano Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano David Gresham, chorus master

Ilana Davidson brings assured musicality and interpretive insight to repertoire spanning the 12th to 21st centuries. Her recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience conducted by Leonard Slatkin won four Grammy Awards including Best Classical Album. New York’s Carnegie Hall has welcomed her for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Boston Philharmonic and most recently Mona Lisa (Von Schillings), Der Diktator (Krenek), and From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79 (Shostakovich) with the American Symphony Orchestra and The Orchestra Now.

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She has sung Carmina Burana with the Houston, Edmonton, Reading, Alabama and Toledo Symphonies; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice and with the Québec Symphony; the Fauré Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony; and concerts with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, and the Pacific, Ann Arbor, Alabama, Nashville Symphonies, National Philharmonic, Bellingham Music Festival, and Harrisburg Symphony. She recently made a debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice, sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Bellingham Music Festival, Fort Worth, Detroit, Anchorage Symphonies and at the Brevard Music Center; Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate at Brevard and with the Wheeling Symphony, Brahms Requiem with the North Carolina Symphony, at Berkshire Choral Festival and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Recordings in Ms. Davidson’s discography include Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley (Capriccio), Stanley Kubrick’s Mountain Home by Paul Elwood (Innova), John Zorn’s Chimeras (Tzadik), and Krenek’s What Price Confidence (Phoenix Edition).

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection” Allegro maestoso Andante moderato Scherzo. In ruhig fließender Bewegung Urlicht Im Tempo des Scherzos Ms. Davidson, soprano Ms. Platts, mezzo-soprano

The American soprano is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, attended the Tanglewood Music Center (for two seasons) and Aston Magna Early Music Academy, and is co-artistic director/creator of ClassicalCafé. She is a recent winner of the Bronx Council of the Arts Award for vocal performance and is the cantorial soloist at North Fork Reform Synagogue.



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2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...

2019 BMC Overture Magazine  

The seasonal publication for the annual Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. Overture includes all festival programming and program notes,...