Czech Mates

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Enjoy Czech Mates with the MVPO!

Get ready for a captivating musical journey through Czech Mates on Sunday, April 28, 2024, under the direction of the talented David Feltner, Music Director. The performance kicks off with Antonin Dvorak’s exhilarating “Carnival Overture,” setting the stage for a vibrant evening. Dvorak’s delightful “Two Slavonic Dances” featuring the playful “Allegretto Scherzando” and the lively “Presto” will transport you to the heart of Czech music. Josef Suk’s mesmerizing “Fantastic Scherzo” adds a touch of whimsy to the program. After an enchanting intermission, join us for the soul-stirring performance of Antonin Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto in B minor,” featuring the remarkable Lori Singer as the Cello Soloist. With its Allegro, Adagio, ma non troppo, and Finale: Allegro moderato, this piece will leave you spellbound. Don’t miss this captivating evening of Czech musical brilliance.

David Feltner, Music Director & Conductor

As Music Director of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, David Feltner brings a wealth of experience to the position. Equally at home in the symphonic and operatic worlds, he has served as Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Boston Lyric Opera and Cover Conductor for Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops. He has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe for leading performances of “profound expressivity” and praised for his “fervent advocacy” by The Boston Phoenix. 

He is in his twenty-fourth season as Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, a group that has won accolades from audiences and critics alike for its polished performances and innovative programs. As Steven Ledbetter wrote in The Boston Music Intelligencer: “David Feltner put together a truly captivating program …one of the most completely satisfying concerts that I have heard this season.” 

He has been thrilling audiences in New Hampshire for the past eighteen seasons as Music Director of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, where his leadership caused music critic Jeff Rapsis to write: “Conductor David Feltner brought the Nashua Chamber Orchestra to new places.” 

He has been a guest conductor for several orchestras, including the Boston Civic Symphony, Brockton Symphony, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Narragansett Bay Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra and Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series.

An enthusiastic advocate for music of our time, Mr. Feltner has conducted numerous premieres and works by dozens of living composers, from Anaís Azul to Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Mr. Feltner is also an accomplished violist and composer. As a violist, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Yamagata (Japan) Symphony, New York City Opera and Palm Beach Opera, among others. His recent orchestral compositions include Looking Towards Heaven, Dreams and Awakenings, and a piccolo concerto. In June of 2023 he both soloed and conducted the premiere of his viola concerto, From the Depths, with the NCO.

Lori Singer, Cello Soloist 

Lori Singer is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she studied under the master cellist Leonard Rose. She won the Bergen Philharmonic competition and has been soloist with the Caracas Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony and the Western Washington Philharmonic.  She has performed as soloist in Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and has played solo on pop, classical and jazz recordings on MGM and also Imago records.

Singer performed cello concertos live while co-starring in the television series “FAME” and won a cast Golden Globe for acting in Robert Altman’s film, “Shortcuts.” Lori also performed live on film with Yo Yo Ma in Atom Egoyan’s film, “Inspired by Bach,”. She is scheduled to perform in live concerts in London in the fall of 2022.

Lori Singer is a Golden Globe- winning actress who won ‘ShoWest Newcomer of the Year’ for her role as Ariel Moore in the film “Footloose” and was nominated for best supporting actress for an indie spirit award for “Trouble in Mind”. Her documentaries have won five Emmys, a Peabody, been short- listed for an Oscar and won over 20 film festivals. 

Czech Mates Program

  • Two Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Antonin Dvorak featuring Allegretto Scherzando and Presto

  • Fantastic Scherzo, Op. 25, Josef Suk (1874-1935)

Intermission

  • Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, Antonin Dvorak featuring Allegro, Adagio, ma non troppo and Finale: Allegro moderato

  • Lori Singer, Cello Soloist