The second Music Director Finalist Scott Seaton conducts the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Victory Theatre at 7 PM. This season brings five conductors, narrowed down from over 200 applicants, to audition for the next EPO Music Director.
Scott Seaton, originally from Nashville, Tennessee earned degrees from the Université de Montréal, the New England Conservatory, and Vanderbilt University. He has also studied at Tanglewood and the National Conducting Institute sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Seaton has conducted numerous premieres in the past several years. He has curated programs and championed music by living composers such as Libby Larsen, Mason Bates, Adam Schoenberg, David Hertzberg, Pierre Jalbert, and Maria Grenfell, to name a few.
An avid cyclist and runner, Seaton recently did a solo coast-to-coast cycling expedition from Oregon to Massachusetts. As a marathoner, he qualified for and ran in the 2018 Boston Marathon.
Mr. Seaton has been praised for possessing "finesse, clarity, and precision” by the Luxembourg Times and has left audiences “breathless” according to Entertainment News Northwest. He is in his fourth season as Music Director of the North State Symphony in Northern California where he has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, innovative programming, and community and youth outreach. From 2012-2015, he led the Minot Symphony Orchestra to new artistic heights and forged exciting collaborations on the local and state levels. Seaton is also the Principal Conductor of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra. As an artistic leader, he has collaborated with such artists as Project Trio, Alessio Bax, Gabriela Martinez, Charlie Albright, and Sara Davis Buechner.
Cellist Sterling Elliott will fill the Victory Theatre with long, lyrical melodies, cadenzas, and trills while performing Tchaikovsky’s graceful and popular Variations on a Rococo Theme . He began his cello studies at the age of three and made his solo debut at the age of seven when he became the first-place Junior Division winner of the PYO Concerto Competition.
At age 19, Elliott was the first place winner of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition Senior Division, aimed at the development and recognition of high school and college talent in the black and Latino communities.
Elliott has enjoyed the honor of performing for cellist Yo-Yo Ma and also performing alongside recording artist Jennifer Hudson. He has soloed with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and many more. Elliott currently studies with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School working toward an undergraduate degree in cello performance where he is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
The evening’s concert begins with Ash , written by composer Michael Torke, which includes a unique and intriguing fusion of classical and pop music with a vibrant and contemporary sound. Beethoven’s dynamic Symphony No. 4 concludes the concert program.
The schedule will be as follows:
Rehearsal: Friday, October 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Rehearsal: Saturday, October 19, 10:30 AM -1:10 PM
Saturday, October 19, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Adult tickets start at $31 and can be purchased by calling the Philharmonic Box Office at 812.425.5050, Ext 300 or by ordering online at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, two hours prior to the concert. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, military, students and age 18-39 attendees and can be purchased by calling the box office.
Concert Sponsors are Dr. & Mrs. Louis B. Cady/Cady Wellness Institute, Nancy S. Traylor, and Traylor Bros., Inc.