The University of Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Under the baton of doctoral conducting student Juan Montoya, the orchestra will perform Maurice Ravel's "Ma mère l'Oye" (Mother Goose), Pietro Mascagni's "Preludio e Siciliana" from "Cavalleria rusticana" and the Overture to "The Barber of Seville" by Gioachinno Rossini. Master's wind conducting student Clifton Weston is a guest in this concert, conducting Giovanni Gabrielli's "Sonata Pian' e forte."
The University of Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the large ensembles vital to the educational and artistic mission of the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. In its ranks are music majors and minors, as well as many students and other members of the UA community. The Philharmonic performs a cross-section of the orchestral repertoire in a number of concerts each year. The ensemble performs under the baton of doctoral students András Derecskei and Juan Montoya, under the direction of Director of Orchestral Activities, Dr. Thomas Cockrell.
About the Conductors
Colombian conductor JUAN MONTOYA is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in orchestral and opera conducting under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Cockrell at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. He has been the recipient of several scholarships and prizes, as well as numerous international invitations as a guest conductor.
His most recent opera engagements have included productions of the operas "L'elisir d'amore" and "La bohème," with the Kuala Lumpur City Opera, where he has been the principal conductor since 2014. Their 2017 season will feature Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro" and Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment."
His symphonic concert engagements hav