East Meets West When Heiichiro Ohyama Leads the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
2010-11-18 · By Editor
Guest Conductor Heiichiro Ohyama and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) meld Eastern and Western cultures when they present “East Meets West at the Four Seasons” on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach.
The program includes Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons featuring guest artist Roger Wilkie (concertmaster for LBSO), plus Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Serenade for Strings and Kabalevsky’s whimsical The Comedians. The Four Seasons performance includes the sonnets that are often credited to Vivaldi. These will be read by former KUSC-FM radio personality Bruce Langford.
The concert continues LBSO’s 2010-2011 “From Russia, With Love” Classics Season and celebrates LBSO Music Director and Conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke’s 10th year at the helm of the symphony.
“I am very happy to welcome guest conductor Heiichiro Ohyama to the podium for this concert,” says Maestro Diemecke. “And I’m pleased that our wonderful concertmaster, Roger Wilkie, is our guest artist. It’s a great reminder that we have world-class musicians performing in the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.”
All LBSO Classics Concerts take place at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in the Terrace Theater, 300 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concertgoers are invited to enjoy live entertainment from local music ensembles in the lobby prior to the concert. Popular Concert Previews are held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. before each Classics concert. These informative talks add considerably to the enjoyment of the evening by offering insight into the evening’s composers and their music. Tonight’s Concert Preview host is CSULB professor Alicia Doyle.
Tickets are $23 – $79. Student rush tickets are $10 the night of the concert (one ticket per valid ID). For more information, call (562) 436-3203, or visit www.lbso.org.
Guest Conductor Heiichiro Ohyama
Heiichiro Ohyama holds the position of the Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra (USA), Music Director of Nagasaki Music Festival (Japan), Artistic Director of CHANEL Pygmalion Chamber Music Series and member of The Chamber Players.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Mr. Ohyama studied violin and chamber music at the Toho Music High School and College, and graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1970. He attended Indiana University, where he later taught as a Visiting Lecturer. As a student, he won the Music Competition of Japan (1966), British Council Music Scholarship (1968), Carl Flesch International Violin Competition (1968), the BBC Beethoven Competition (1969), as well as both the violin and viola competitions at Indiana University (1971). In 1974, he won the Young Concert Artist International Audition Award of New York and after being a participant of the Marlboro Music Festival for several summers, he became increasingly in demand as violist and has performed throughout the United States and abroad. He has collaborated with many great musicians including: Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Gidon Kremer, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Radu Lupu, André Previn, Takahiro Sonoda, Isaac Stern, and Pinchas Zukerman.
In 1979 he was named Principal Violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Carlo Maria Giulini, a position he held for 13 years. In 1981, he began conducting the Youth String Orchestra of the Crossroads School for Sciences and Arts. In 1983 he was appointed the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. In 1987, Mr. Ohyama was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Andre Previn. He held this position for nearly four years and conducted the Philharmonic, including subscription concerts, at the Los Angeles Music Center, the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. He was also Professor of Music at University of California from 1973 to 2002.
In 1990, Mr. Ohyama made his European conducting debut with the Orchestra of the Opera de Lyon and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Since then, he has made conducting appearances with Baltimore Symphony, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra(Germany), Eastern Music Festival Orchestra( North Carolina), Hale Symphony(England), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de Bretagne(France), Royal Academy Sinfonietta (England), San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and numerous orchestras in Japan. Mr. Ohyama has been heard frequently on radio and television and has recorded on the CBS, Evica(Japan), Nonesuch, Philips, RCA, and Stereophiles labels.
Guest Violinist Roger Wilkie
A Southern California native, violinist Roger Wilkie has enjoyed a rich and varied musical life. Born to a musical family, Mr. Wilkie’s career began in 1983, when at the age of 21 he joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, eventually being appointed principal second violin. He has since returned to the ensemble appearing as guest concertmaster. This experience led to other opportunities as guest concertmaster with such groups as Los Angeles Opera, including productions of Strauss operas Die Frau Ohne Schatten, and Der Rosenkavalier, the Round Top Festival Orchestra of Texas, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Spain under music director Helmut Rilling.
Presently, Mr. Wilkie’s orchestral life is centered around the Long Beach Symphony, where he has served as concertmaster since 1990. He has had many opportunities to solo with the orchestra, performing the violin concertos of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Bruch, Prokofiev, Brahms Double Concerto and in January, 2009, the Tchaikovsky concerto.
Mr. Wilkie is in great demand as a chamber musician. He was a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet, performing and touring from 1988-1993. He was solo violinist with Santa Barbara based Camerata Pacifica, on whose series he played hundreds of concerts as recitalist and chamber musician over a ten year period. He has appeared at many chamber music festivals including La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Wilkie is a member of the Pacific Trio with cellist John Walz and pianist Edith Orloff. The trio concertized in Europe in 2002, and again in 2004. The highlight of the 2004 tour was a performance and recording of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Prague Philharmonic. In Febuary, 2009, the Trio toured Germany and Austria ending with recording sessions in Vienna for a cd of American works for Piano Trio. Mr. Wilkie’s career also extends to the Hollywood Studios, where he has participated in the soundtracks for hundreds of films. In 2005 he received the honor of serving as concertmaster for John Williams’ scores for “Indiana Jones IV” “Munich” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”