Pre-Concert Discussion 6:30pm, Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium
Celebrate Your Symphony with Joshua Roman, a superb young cellist of international renown. Maestro Mark Gibson of the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music will stand in for Music Director Thomas Heuser as our guest conductor. The drama and power of Elgar’s Cello Concerto is perfectly suited to the charismatic Joshua Roman, whose impeccable playing and charisma infuse every performance with grace and elegance. Our orchestra will explore the complexity of Brahms’ Tragic Overture and the lyricism of Dvorak's Eighth.
Anne Voillequé and Louise Nelson, Hartwell Corporation, DL Evans Bank
Mark Gibson, Guest Conductor
Mark Gibson, director of orchestral studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), maintains an active podium career on three continents. He serves as music director of the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra--one of the world's leading conservatory orchestras--and the CCM Opera, and he is the head of CCM's program in orchestral conducting. Recently appointed head of the opera conducting course at CCM Spoleto, he has served as co-artistic director and conductor of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca in Italy, music director of the Ashlawn/Highland Summer Festival and music director of the New York City Opera National Company.
Gibson's work in the opera house includes productions with the New York City Opera, Dallas Opera and Cleveland Opera, at The Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera and at Opera Pacific. Concert podium credits include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Quad Cities Symphony, Omaha Symphony, the Bochum Symphoniker in Germany and the Orquesta de Valencia in Spain. He has been a guest at renowned summer festivals in Chautauqua (New York) and Spoleto USA (Charleston, South Carolina).
Prior to joining the faculty of CCM, Gibson was principal conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, a regular guest conductor with the New York City Opera and resident conductor of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. At the Seoul Opera House in Korea, he has led new productions of Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, as well as Turandot at Sejong Center. He returns to Seoul this spring for concerts and a new production of Tosca. In China, Maestro Gibson has led orchestras in Shenzhen, Qingdao, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing. In November he made his debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in a gala concert with the Central Opera.
Highly sought after as a master class teacher, Gibson serves as guest professor of conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory in Beijing. In addition, he has taught at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei; Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu; Xian Conservatory of Music; Seoul National University; the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich; the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya; and was visiting professor of conducting and ensembles at the Eastman School of Music.