October 21, 2017  •  8:00 pm

@ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Rei Hotoda, conductor Sandeep Das, tabla

  Dvorák Carnival Overture Wijeratne Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

I believe music has the power to take audiences on journeys that inspire, challenge and engage. In this program we travel to a world without boundaries. Dvorák’s Carnival Overture sets the tone for our travels. Of this work he said: “the city at nightfall, where a carnival is in full swing. On every side is heard the clangor of instruments, mingled with shouts of joy…of people giving vent to their feelings.” From Bohemia to India in Dinuk Wijeratne’s stunning Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra, with master tabla player, Sandeep Das. A dynamic blend of traditional Indian music infused with familiar Western melodic techniques. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, a powerful symphonic tapestry depicting the composer’s struggles, joys and triumphs, is our final destination. —Rei Hotoda

Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s most sought-after and dynamic artists and was recently appointed music director of the Fresno Philharmonic. She has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Edmonton, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Utah, Toronto, and Winnipeg, as well as the Colorado and St. Louis symphonies, among others. Her repertoire spans the staples of the classical canon to works by leading composers of today, and she is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano and from the podium. View all conductor finalists.



Sandeep Das
One of the leading Tabla virtuosos in the world today, Sandeep Das has collaborated and performed with major symphony orchestras, string quartets, and jazz musicians. He has been a regular featured artist at leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, and the Concertgebouw, and at prestigious events such as the 150 years celebration of the UNO, opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Shanghai, opening ceremony of the First Asia Expo in Kunming, China, the prestigious World Economic Forum, and for visiting dignitaries like the Queen of England, Queen of Thailand, the Pope, and various other visiting country heads.

His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), Sing Me Home, won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. He is the recipient of the prestigious Brother’s Fellowship in 2017. He has also had two previous Grammy nominations in 2005 and 2009.

Das is the founder of HUM (Harmony and Universality through Music), which aims to promote global understanding through performance and education and provide learning opportunities and scholarships for specially-abled children with potential in any genre of art to empower them to lead self-reliant lives.




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