Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Grant Recital Hall
Join the Music Department as we welcome Larry Rachleff, Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, for a masterclass!
Free & open to the public
Nineteen seasons ago Larry Rachleff became the Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as Director of Orchestras and holds the Walter Kris Hubert Chair at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. During his career, he also served as Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony.
Two recent reviews about Larry: Music Director Larry Rachleff, a superb conductor with seasoned leadership skills, conducts everything with deep musical understanding. . . (John von Rhein Classical music critic, Chicago Tribune) and . . . make no mistake about it, Rachleff is an incredibly accomplished conductor and an incredibly accomplished musician (OpusColorado.com).
Larry is a regular guest conductor with the orchestras of Colorado, Utah, Indianapolis and Kansas City, with recent appearances at Charlotte, Ft. Worth, Columbus, Houston, Rochester, Florida, Grand Rapids, Seattle and Phoenix, among many other fine orchestras. Larry has led subscription weeks in Rochester and Buffalo, among others, and will return to the Juilliard School. In February 2013, he brought the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra on an East Coast tour, culminating with a performance at Carnegie Hall. His summers are spent guest conducting at the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival and School, where Larry served as guest director of their summer conducting academy, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Grand Teton Festival. Other summer festival engagements have included Tanglewood, Interlochen, Brevard Music Festival and Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy.
Especially noted for his rich and productive rapport with orchestra musicians, the Salt Lake Deseret News noted about his recent appearance with the Utah Symphony: His interpretation (Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony) was charged with power and passion that never waned. His reading was compelling, yet he also managed to bring out the lyricism that lies hidden beneath the boldness of the themes. What was especially remarkable, he conducted the work from memory.
A former faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he was Music Director of Orchestras and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble, Larry also served as conductor of the Opera Theatre at the University of Southern California . He has conducted and presented master classes all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney and Queensland, Australia conservatories, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory and Royal Northern College in the U.K.
Larry Rachleff is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the United States as well as throughout Europe and Canada . He has also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors’ Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors in the Czech Republic.
As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Larry has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, the late Luciano Berio, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty and John Harbison, among others.
In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Roger Williams University, for which he is very proud. Larry Rachleff lives in Houston with his wife, soprano Susan Lorette Dunn, and their young son, Sam.