November 12, 2017

Sunday, 3:00pm

Sang-Eun Lee, cello
Tickets $35


arr. John Williams-Star Spangled Banner
Shostakovich-Festive Overture
Tchaikovsky-Variations on a Rococo Theme
Rossini-Italian in Algiers Overture
Schumann-Symphony No. 4

Concert is sponsored by A. STUART FENDLER FAMILY TRUST.

Nick Palmer, guest conductor

Nick Palmer has been widely recognized for his compelling performances, visionary leadership and emotional connection to audiences and is regarded as one of the most talented symphonic and Pops conductors on the scene today.

Maestro Palmer — music director of North Charleston POPS! in South Carolina, the Lafayette Symphony in Indiana, the Evening Under the Stars Music Festival in Massachusetts, the Seasong Music Festival in Florida, and the Dubuque Festival Orchestra in Iowa —was a recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras as the nation’s most outstanding young music director.  In September 2017 Nick will make his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the famed Abbey Road Studios conducting two CD recordings of the music of American composer Arnold Rosner.

Nick Palmer has won rave reviews with the Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Louisville Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Salt Lake Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Springfield (MA) Symphony , Greenville Symphony and other orchestras across the nation. He has also conducted over a dozen performances with the Jacksonville Symphony during the last several seasons, including regional concerts in St. Augustine, Orange Park and Daytona Beach. He is also the founder and music director of the Seasong Music Festival which will debut in 2018 featuring performances by the Beaches Pops Orchestra at the Seaside Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach.

When Nick began as music director the Lafayette Symphony has experienced increased ticket sales, dynamic and creative programming, a marked development in educational programs and regional concerts, and dramatic artistic growth. Dick Jaeger commented in the Lafayette Journal & Courier: “without trepidation this reviewer is ready to state that the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and conductor are setting the bar higher and higher for other regional orchestras around the state and Midwest”.

In his first season as music director of the North Charleston POPS! the orchestra’s season ticket and single ticket sales increased dramatically. During 2016-2017 season the number of concerts increased, including expanded outreach and educational programs.

Nick has also worked with many top Pops performers including Smokey Robinson, Neil Sedaka, Art Garfunkel, Clay Aiken, Al Hirt, Shirley Jones, Jeans and Classics, Ballroom with a Twist, Tony Desare, Mary Wilson, Cirque de la Symphonie and many others. The Boulder Daily Camera noted: “(Palmer) is intensely musical, communicates well and easily with the orchestra and manages to share the entire musical experience with the audience in a meaningful way.”

Under Nick Palmer’s 18-year tenure the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (OSO) developed one of the nation’s leading education programs with over 20 different series for young people and adults. The OSO’s remarkably high artistic level was widely praised: “The OSO, under the direction of Nicholas Palmer, showed why they have been getting rave reviews” (Cincinnati Post). The extensive tours and outreach of the OSO, with artists such as LeAnne Rimes, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray, Mannheim Steamroller, Celtic Woman and Amy Grant as well as its many recordings have also brought orchestral music to countless numbers of first time listeners. The OSO was also profiled in Symphony Magazine and the Huffington Post and won awards from both the League of American Orchestras and the Kennedy Center.

A favorite guest conductor in Europe, Mexico and South America, Palmer recently conducted the Europa Philharmonie at the Hardinsburg Castle near Berlin, toured with the Orchestra di San Remo for two weeks in Italy and led concerts with the Czech Radio Orchestra at the Prague and Nelahozeves Castles celebrating the music of George Gershwin. The German press hailed Palmer’s conducting as “a musical high point with world class flair” and Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland noted Palmer’s: “great professionalism with unity and verve”. Palmer has also led the West Bohemia Symphony, National Orchestra of Bolivia, Sophia Symphony, Sinaloa (OSSLA) and Monterrey (UANL) Symphony in Mexico, Milano Classico Orchestra, Medellin (EAFIT) Symphony and Lausanne Symphony.

In addition to his appointments in Lafayette and North Charleston, Palmer has been the music director of the Altoona Symphony and the Dubuque Symphony as well as the Nashville Ballet and Heartland Ballet. As an opera conductor he has led productions with the Boston Summer Opera, Harvard University Opera, Goldovsky Opera Company, University of Kentucky Opera Theater, Chicago Light Opera Works, Jacksonville Opera, Kentucky Opera/Owensboro Symphony and was Assistant Conductor of the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School.

A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Palmer graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Iowa, respectively. He also has studied at the Juilliard School, Pierre Monteux Domaine School, Aspen Music School, the Festival at Sandpoint, and the Academia Chigiana in Italy, where he was a student of Franco Ferrara and Carlo Maria Giulini.  Dr. Palmer is also Distinguished Conductor in Residence at Kentucky Wesleyan College.  Nick and Dorothy Palmer have four sons: Nicholas, Daniel, Alexander and Oliver and live on a farm outside of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Sang-Eun Lee, cello

22-year-old cellist Sang-Eun Lee has been hailed for her expressive artistry and dazzling technique.  The Washington Post praised: “She is a prodigiously talented young artist with powerful technique and musical poise.”  Ms. Lee has won top prizes in various international competitions; she won the 2014 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and First Prize at the 2014 YCA Auditions in Seoul, Korea.  At 15, she won First Prize at the 2009 Johansen International Competition in Washington, D.C., Second Prize at the 2009 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, and the Young Musician Prize of the Emanuel Feuermann Competition in Berlin.  She was also awarded Germany’s Kronberg Academy Cello Festival’s 2009 Ingrid zu Solms Culture Prize.

Her 2016-2017 season includes performances at the Morgan Library and Museum, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Chamber on the Mountain, Tri-County Concert Association, the Evergreen Museum and Library, and an appearance as soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall.  Last season, Ms. Lee made her acclaimed Kennedy Center debut, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts and supported by the Korean Concert Society Prize, and her New York recital debut, sponsored by the Michaels Award, on the Young Concert Artists Series.  She also performed at Colgate University, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Paramount Theatre, the Jewish Community Alliance in Florida, the Lied Center of Kansas, and the Music@Menlo Festival.

Ms. Lee has been invited to perform as a soloist with Korea’s leading orchestras including the Seoul Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung, the Suwon Philharmonic, the Prime Philharmonic, the Korean National University of Arts Orchestra, the Gangnam Symphony and GMMFS orchestras.  She made her Seoul recital debut at the age of 13 on the Kumho Prodigy Concert Series and has given recitals at the Blue House in Seoul and the Musée du Louvre in Paris.  Ms. Lee has been featured on KBS (the Korean Broadcasting System). She currently holds the Anne & George Popkin Cello Chair.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Lee attended the Korean National University of Arts, from the age of nine, where she worked with Myung Wha Chung and Sang Min Park.  She is a grant recipient of the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts, and currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music, working with Peter Wiley and (YCA Alumnus) Carter Brey.