For this week's The Front Row Performance of the Week KUHF feature's a performance of The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra) by Ameican composer John Adams asÎ¾captured in live performanceÎ¾with the Texas Festival Orchestra lead by Edwin Outwater on Saturday July 1st,Î¾2006 in the Festival Concert Hall at Round Top.
As Resident Conductor of the San Franacisco Symphony,Î¾Outwater works closely with Michael Tilson Thomas, accompanying theÎ¾OrchestraÎ¾on tour and conducting numerous concerts each season. Mr. Outwater made his subscription concert debut with the San Francisco Symphony in October 2002, conducting the chamber ensemble in Britten's War Requiem as he shared the podium with Kurt Masur, and he led the full orchestra in subscription performances in December of that year, in a program featuring the American premiere of Robin Holloway's Viola Concerto. He also leads gala concerts for the New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year holidays, and conducts throughout the SFS Summer in the City series. In October 2003 he led subscription concerts with soloist Evelyn Glennie, in the West Coast premiere of Chen Yi's Percussion Concerto, and conducted the orchestra with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a special concert tribute to the late Agnes Albert. During the 2003-2004 season, Mr. Outwater stepped in on two subscription programs for an ailing Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting performances of Stravinsky's complete Pulcinella, as well as works by Beethoven and Cherubini.
From 2001-2005 Mr. Outwater was Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. During his tenure, he led the orchestra in all of their concerts as well as on tour to Europe in the summer of 2004. During the tour, the orchestra made its debut at Vienna's Musikverein, the Th??tre des Champs-?lys?es in Paris, and returned to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.
In North America, Mr. Outwater has appeared as guest conductor with Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Colorado Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Honululu Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Internationally, he as appeared with the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Adelaide Symphony, and the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand.
In the 2005-2006 season Mr. OutwaterÎ¾made debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Portland (ME) Symphohy, Toledo Symphony, and the Festival-Institue at Round Top.
The 36th annualÎ¾Festival-Institute at Round Top continues it's summer season of performances through July 15h.