Featured Guest Artists

Ransom Wilson
Concert Flutist/Conductor
Professor of Flute, Yale University School of Music

Ransom Wilson, flute faculty

Sunday, August 5, 2018
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Monday, August 6, 2018, 9 A.M.
Singleton Center for Performing Arts
Free Admission

Flutist/conductor Ransom Wilson has performed in concert with major orchestras the world over. As a flutist, he has recently launched an ongoing series of solo recordings on the Nimbus label in Europe.  As a conductor, he is starting his second season as Music Director of the Redlands Symphony in Southern California, and he continues his positions with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Le Train Bleu ensemble. He has led opera performances at the New York City Opera, and was for ten years an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He has been a guest conductor of the London, Houston, KBS, Kraków, Denver, New Jersey, Hartford, and Berkeley symphonies; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra; the Hallé Orchestra; and the chamber orchestras of St. Paul and Los Angeles. He has also appeared with the Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera, and the Opera of La Quinzena Musical in Spain.

As an educator, he regularly leads master classes at the Paris Conservatory, Juilliard School, Moscow Conservatory, Cambridge University, and others. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he was an Atlantique Foundation scholar in Paris, where he studied privately with Jean-Pierre Rampal. His recording career, which includes three Grammy Award nominations, began in 1973 with Jean-Pierre Rampal and I Solisti Veneti. Since then he has recorded over 35 albums as flutist and/or conductor. Mr. Wilson is Professor of Flute at the Yale University School of Music, and has performs exclusively on a handmade Wm. S. Haynes flute.

Verona Quartet

String and Chamber Music Workshops with the Verona Quartet 

Thursday, August 3, 2017
from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Singleton Center for Performing Arts
Free admission

Recognized as “thoughtful, impressive musicians” (Cleveland Classical), the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, following in the footsteps of quartets such as the Alexander, Miami, Parker and Pacifica Quartets. Since their foundation, the Verona Quartet have set themselves apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music: “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America).

The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London, UK), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE), the Melbourne Recital Hall (Melbourne, Australia) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). They have also appeared on both National Public Radio and PBS. The Verona Quartet have won top prizes at every competition in which they participated including the Wigmore Hall, Osaka, Melbourne and Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competitions as well as the Coleman and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions.

The Verona Quartet just completed their position as Graduate Resident String Quartet and Lisa Arnhold Fellows at The Juilliard School, where they worked closely with members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Previously they were the inaugural graduate quartet-in-residence at Indiana University, where they studied with the Pacifica Quartet, Atar Arad, Alexander Kerr and Eric Kim. They are currently on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy.