ICWF 2009: Brahms/Beethoven
From June 11-18, 2009 the International Conducting Workshop and Festival is proud to hold again a workshop in Zlin, Czech Republic hosted by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, led by both Larry Rachleff (Rice University) and Donald Schleicher (University of Illinois) and assisted by Benjamin Loeb (El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras).
As in the past we will offer conducting training and critique in a non-competitive, professional and supportive atmosphere and a great opportunity to immerse oneself deeply in important standard orchestral repertoire which will include Brahms Symphonies #1 and 4,and Tragic Overture and Beethoven Symphonies #3, 5, and 7 and Leonore Overture #3.
The schedule includes 10 Orchestra sessions, 6 Sextet sessions, additional score study and special subject sessions, and 2 Chamber Music Concerts.
In the Orchestra sessions, participants will have approximately 10 minutes on the podium. In the Sextet sessions, participants will conduct a string quintet plus piano, which covers woodwinds and brass parts. Parts of some quintet sessions may be devoted to difficult excerpts that are pre-selected from the workshop repertoire. All participants will be encouraged to study this list of excerpts in preparation for the workshop. In the remainder of the sextet sessions, passages are to be selected by the participant. Each conductor will have individual choice of repertoire during sextet and score study sessions. In all sessions, podium time slots will be flexibly pre-assigned.
Levels of Participation
For this workshop we are offering only 6-session level of participation which represents the number of times with the full orchestra. Sextet sessions will be equally divided among the conductors.
Auditing is also available, but does not include any active podium time. The auditor level is designed for those either who have little experience and training, but show promise, or those with ample opportunity to conduct throughout the year, but want to use this workshop as a chance to observe master teaching.
All tuition fees include hotel and two meals each day. This year, because of the fluctuation in the US Dollar, we recommend that all fees be paid in Euros. It is possible to pay in the current equivalent in USD, but the exchange rate is fixed at a worst case rate.
All sessions will be Digitally Recorded onto individual DVD and ample opportunity will be provided to view session recordings. At the end of each conducting session, each conductor will receive a DVD of that individual session.
Concurrent with the workshop, the International Conducting Workshop Festival will present 2 Chamber Music Concerts featuring faculty and guest artists. Participants will not perform on these concerts. The repertoire on these concerts will be devoted to music of the two composers and their contemporaries. All rehearsals and concerts are open to the participants.
Filharmonie Bohuslav Martinü
The Bohuslav Martinü Philharmonic Orchestra is named after one of the great Czech composers. The orchestra has made many radio recordings and CDs of his works since it was founded in the 1960's.
The repertoire of the Bohuslav Martinü Philharmonic Orchestra consists of nearly all symphonic works of different periods including a considerable number of contemporary compositions. The members of the orchestra have formed several chamber groups whose performances supplement the concert season. Cooperation with radio and television stations together with recording activities have become a regular part of the orchestra's work. Some activities in recent years included recordings for the label Vienna Modern Masters, which concentrates on contemporary music recordings; Sergei Rachmaninov's complete symphonic works recorded for Bayer Records (Germany); and music of Antonin Dvorak for Albany Records (USA). Orchestra has recorded also movie music for Hollywood and new works of the contemporary american composers.
The home of the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra is Zlín, a town in the east of the Czech Republic. With a population approaching one hundred thousand, it is a modern industrial center, owing its development to the BATA company, the founder of which Tomáš Bata succeeded in successfully combining his entrepreneurship and his philosophy of life.
All participants will stay in single rooms at a hotel located within easy walking distance to the rehearsal and performance facilities. Breakfast and one additional meal is included in the tuition fee. All rooms have free wireless internet access. It is possible to arrange for spouses to stay at the hotel for a small additional cost.
LARRY RACHLEFF Professor of Music and Music Director, Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, 2003-04 is Larry Rachleff's eighth season as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. This is his twelfth season as Professor of Conducting and Music Director of Rice University's Shepherd School Orchestras in Houston and his eleventh as Music Director of Chicago's Symphony II, an orchestra made up of members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. Mr. Rachleff has appeared as guest conductor with such prestigious orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1993 he was selected as one of four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Maestro Pierre Boulez.
Mr. Rachleff is a former faculty member of Oberlin Conservatory where he served as Music Director of Orchestras and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble. He also served as the Conductor of the Opera Theater at the University of Southern California. In 1988 Mr. Rachleff served as the Music Director of the highly acclaimed American-Soviet Youth Orchestra tour. He has conducted and presented master classes at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland, the Zurich Hochschule for Music and Theater and the Sydney and Queensland, Australia Conservatory Orchestras. He is in constant demand as a conductor and master class clinician and is frequently invited to lead the very finest American Conservatory Orchestras, most recently that of the Juilliard School. He has spent his summers guest conducting at Aspen, Tanglewood, the National Camp at Interlochen, the Music Academy of the West and the National Repertory Orchestra and has led the Camerata Australia on a tour of Japan.
This past summer he served in his third season as Music Director of the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas. A champion of public school music education, Mr. Rachleff has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state of the United States, as well as in Europe and Canada. His college conducting career began at the University of Connecticut and continued at The University of Michigan. He has presented weeklong residencies at several leading universities and music schools, and he has served as conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors? Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic. As an enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with several composers including Samuel Adler, Luciano Berio, George Crumb and John Harbison. Mr. Rachleff?s conducting reviews are impressive.
The Boston Globe, in a review of the Rhode Island Philharmonic's Boston debut concert in June 2000, wrote, "Rachleff himself . . . is an important asset. He seems to relish the most complicated score and brings a nice sense of clarity and panache to the performance." The Chicago Tribune's most recent review of Mr. Rachleff stated, "He integrated his frequent tempo adjustments into seamless paragraphs and textures so clean that inner voices projected clearly. . . ." The Houston Chronicle hailed his last concert with the Houston Symphony as a "wonderful, polished performance . . . conducted with beauty and insight." He is married to soprano Susan Lorette Dunn.
Donald Schleicher has served as Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the University of Illinois Orchestral program in Urbana-Champaign since 1995. Previous positions include eight years as Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and for nine summers, he was Music Director and Principal Opera Conductor for the Pine Mountain Music Festival. In addition, he has been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Michigan.
Mr. Schleicher has been a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has studied with numerous respected conductors including Gustav Meier, Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Maurice Abravanel, and Roger Norrington.
Schleicher has conducted the Daegu (South Korea) Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM of Mexico City, the South Dakota Symphony, and the orchestras of Bridgeport, Tallahassee, and Lansing. He has appeared as a guest conductor at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and also served as a cover conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
He is frequently invited to lead performances or provide conducting master classes at many of the countries major music schools such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Baylor University, University of Minnesota, Ithaca College, Ohio State University, and Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. As an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, Mr. Schleicher has conducted All-State orchestras, festivals, and youth orchestras in nearly every state of the United States.
As a conducting professor, Mr. Schleicher?s class at the University of Illinois is an international draw for talented young conductors. Many of his former conducting students have gone on to hold prestigious positions with organizations such as the San Francisco Opera, Richmond Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony. In the summers, he is Co-Director of the Illinois Orchestra Conducting Workshop.
Brahms Symphony #1
Brahms Symphony #4
Brahms Tragic Overture
Beethoven Symphony #3
Beethoven Symphony #5
Beethoven Symphony #7
Beethoven Leonore Overture #3
|June 11, 2009||9AM-12PM Sextet 1
2-5PM Sextet 2
|June 12, 2009||9AM-12PM Orchestra 1
2-5PM Sextet 3
|June 13, 2009||9AM-12PM Orchestra 2
2-5PM Sextet 4
|June 14, 2009||9AM-12PM Orchestra 3
2-5PM Orchestra 4
|June 15, 2009||9AM-12PM Sextet 5
2-5PM Orchestra 5
7:30PM Chamber Concert 1
|June 16, 2009||9AM-12PM Sextet 6
2-5PM Orchestra 6
|June 17, 2009||9AM-12PM Orchestra 7
2-5PM Orchestra 8
7:30PM Chamber Concert 2
|June 18, 2009||9AM-12PM Orchestra 9
2-5PM Orchestra 10
|March 11, 2009||Application Deadline: This is the first application deadline. After this date, applications will only be considered on a space-available basis.|
|March 31, 2009||Deposit Deadline: €400 Deposit due by this date.|
|April 20, 2009||Tuition Due: Remaining tuition is due by this date.|