Event: MUSIQUE ROYALE presents the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and director Dinuk Wijeratne
Sat, Aug 27, 2016
MUSIQUE ROYALE presents the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and director Dinuk Wijeratne in concert Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:30pm in St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg.
Music Director Dinuk Wijeratne conducts the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra in an exhilarating program of works which includes Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 5 , considered to be one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies. The program also includes Colin Jacobsen’s Ascending Bird and Peter Togni’s Concerto for Clarinet & Piano , featuring Silk Road Ensemble member Kinan Azmeh and NSYO Music Director Dinuk Wijeratne.
The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization which for thirty-two years has provided students with educational opportunities not available at any university, public school, or conservatory in the province. Described by renowned professional conductors and musicians as one of the finest in Canada, 85% of NSYO’s 1,000 alumni have gone on to jobs in music-related fields. Music Directors include: Robert Raines, Stan Fisher, Georg Tintner, Gregory Burton, and Dinuk Wijeratne.
Music Director – Dinuk Wijeratne
Described by the Toronto Star as 'an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future', Sri Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne is one of Canada's most eclectic and distinctive musicians. A passionate educator, he is thrilled to return for his 8th season as Music Director of the NSYO.
Dinuk is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Mannes college of Music (NYC), and from the Juilliard School as a student of Oscar-Winner John Corigliano. Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a conductor, composer and pianist, performing with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. He has also appeared at Places des Arts (Montreal), the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), L'Opéra Bastille (Paris), Lincoln Center (New York), Sri Lanka, across the Middle East, and at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Dinuk has composed specially for almost all of the artists and ensembles with whom he has performed; to name a few: Suzie LeBlanc, the Gryphon Trio, Kinan Azmeh, Tim Garland, John Dankworth, Victor Mendoza, Buck 65, Skratch Bastid, Joseph Petric, Ed Thigpen, Pandit Ramesh Misra, David Jalbert, Kevork Mourad, MIR, the Afiara & Cecelia String Quartets, the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, 4-Mality Percussion Quartet, TorQ, the NY Kathak Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Onelight Theatre, and Symphony Nova Scotia.
Dinuk has lectured at the universities of Dalhousie and Acadia. He has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Scotia Festival Orchestra, and appeared numerous times with Symphony Nova Scotia during his 3-year appointment as Conductor-in-Residence. He is the recipient of the Canada Council Jean-Marie Beaudet award for orchestral conducting; a NS Established Artist Award; a NS Masterworks nomination for his 2011 Tabla Concerto; double Merritt Award nominations; Juilliard and Mannes scholarships; two Countess of Munster composition grants; the Sema Jazz Improvisation Prize; the Soroptimist International Award for Composer-Conductors; and the Sir John Manduell Prize - the RNCM's highest student honor. His music and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.
Thursday, August 27th at 7:30pm in St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
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