Bend It

May 12, 2018  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Jacomo Bairos, conductor Jennifer Frautschi, violin

  Bernstein Overture to Candide Hyken Four - A reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Brahms Symphony No. 2

I am thrilled to bring an eclectic program of my favorite genre-bending composers and works to Asheville! As we celebrate Bernstein’s centennial year, we honor the ultimate genre-bending composer who fused jazz, Broadway and classical traditions into a truly authentic American voice. Some of Sam Hyken’s biggest influences were composers and artists like Gershwin, Michael Jackson, Bill Conti, and Quincy Jones. Sam’s take on Vivaldi’s masterpiece has influences of jazz, ’70s film noir, and even hip-hop, while also keeping one eye on the Baroque. While Brahms’ reimagining of Hungarian Dances may be some of the first genre-bending music in the classical world, it is his deep symphonies that stir the soul and transform the heart in magical and powerful ways.

Jacomo Bairos has earned a reputation for versatility, superb musicianship, and creative ingenuity. He is currently the Amarillo Symphony’s music director and conductor, as well as co-founder and artistic director for Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble, an eclectic chamber orchestra reimagined for the 21st century. Recent highlights include debuts with the National, Atlanta, Houston, Grand Rapids, and Sarasota symphony orchestras. Bairos is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory’s distinguished Orchestral Conducting Program and the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. View all conductor finalists.



Jennifer Frautschi
Frautschi is acclaimed as an adventurous musician with a wide-ranging repertoire. Her discography includes GRAMMY-nominated recordings of works by Schoenberg. She has also received an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

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