The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s fourth Music Director Finalist, Charles Latshaw, will conduct the January Classics concert Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Victory Theatre at 7 PM. The search committee is more than half way through the auditioning process in finding the next EPO Music Director to succeed Alfred Savia.
Charles Latshaw is in his third season as Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in Arizona, and maintains his position as Music Director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in Colorado, a post he has held since 2016. Prior to 2016 Latshaw was director of the Kent Blossom Music Festival and the Kent State University Orchestra and formerly Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana.
Firmly dedicated to bringing orchestral music to new audiences, particularly the young, he has taught band, choir, general music and musical theatre to students of all ages. In this capacity he served as faculty for numerous summer programs including the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Strings Camp and the Palace Theatre summer programs.
In his efforts to expand audiences for newly-created, accessible contemporary compositions, Latshaw has premiered more than thirty new works for chamber groups, youth orchestras and full symphony orchestras, many of his own commissioning.
Charles Latshaw holds a master’s and doctorate degree in instrumental conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Now living in Colorado with his wife Kelley, they spend their free time in the woods, camping, hiking and skiing in the beauty of the Rockies.
The evening’s concert begins with Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, a Mexican classic inspired by Cuban dance rhythms. Tchaikovsky’s lush Fifth Symphony completes the evening’s program. A favorite among concertgoers worldwide, this masterpiece is full of yearning melodies that express the composer’s passion which begins in deathly sadness but ends in triumph.
The concert will also feature Evansville Philharmonic Concertmaster Alan Snow and Principal Cellist Graham Cullen performing Johannes Brahms’ “Double” Concerto for Violin and Cello. This piece is lyrically rich and romantic and will show off the remarkable talents of our own musicians.
Alan was appointed Concertmaster of the EPO and first violin of the Eykamp String Quartet in June 2018. Since his performance with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Alan has performed solo and chamber works internationally.
A Chicago native, he studied at Northwestern University before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. Recent performances include a radio broadcast on Chicago WFMT Radio to promote “Dialogos,” solo and chamber recitals at the University of Evansville, and guest appearing at the Chicago Latin Music Festival.
Principal Cellist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra since June 2018, Graham is also cellist of the Eykamp String Quartet and Principal Cellist for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Graham holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Before coming to Evansville, Graham held the Assistant Principal chair with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. He was also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Graham was invited for numerous summers to be a fellow at both Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center where he performed alongside cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Alisa Weilerstein.
The schedule will be as follows:
Rehearsal: Friday, January 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Rehearsal: Saturday, January 18, 10:30 AM -1:10PM Concert: Saturday, January 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Concert Sponsor is Romain Cross Pointe Auto Park.
PUBLIC MEET & GREET Prior to the opening night concert, we invite the community to get involved with the music director search. There will be a Meet & Greet with Conductor Charles Latshaw at The Rooftop located at 112 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd on Wednesday, January 15 from 4:30 – 5:45 PM where the public will be welcomed to meet Mr. Latshaw.