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 world’s leading tabla players with a career spanning 23 years, Das has played with Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, and orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Boston Symphony.




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