The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra will open its 2013-14 season with a nod to Verdi’s 200th birthday and a pair of guest artists from Bulgaria.
The volunteer orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Dimitar Karaminkov, will open the concert with Verdi’s fabulously fun “Nabucco” Overture to mark the 200th anniversary of the Italian composer’s birth.
Karaminkov will conduct fellow Bulgarian Kalin Ivanov in a cello concerto written for Ivanov by yet another Bulgarian, Roumi Petrova. Both Ivanov and Petrova reside in New York.
SASO Music Director Linus Lerner said in an email interview that the audience can expect “a truly amazing concert with artists of the highest caliber.”
Karaminkov was named “The Best Young Conductor of Bulgaria” in 1984 and has guest conducted in more than eight countries. Bulgarian Music Magazine called his style “charming and elegant.”
Lerner said Karaminkov’s Tucson appearance is part of a conductor exchange between SASO and Karaminkov’s orchestra in Bulgaria. Next week, Lerner will lead that orchestra in concert.
“I am looking forward to every concert with SASO this season, from repertory to the great artists there playing with us such as Edwin Kim, who is a Sony recording artist,” Lerner wrote from Brazil, where he was leading his Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte last week. He is in his second season with the orchestra in his native Brazil.
Also on SASO’s season is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and John Rutter’s “Mass for the Children.”