Dance! The Music of Beethoven & Bernstein
March 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm$25
“Dance! The Music of Beethoven and Bernstein” features Bernstein’s West Side Story and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the NFSO in an exciting evening of robust, rhythmic music, celebrating the elements of dance in symphonic works.
Tickets are $25 Adults, $16 Youth. NWFSC students’ admission is free with presentation of Raider I.D. card.
About the Conductor
STEVEN BYESS is renowned for his versatility, multi-faceted presence on the podium, passion for music education, and his devotion to promoting a life-long love and enthusiasm for music and the arts. Equally adept with symphonic, opera, operetta, music theatre, and ballet repertoire, Maestro Byess is the music director of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra (Oregon), the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, and Associate Music Director of the Ohio Light Opera where he has conducted over 80 productions and is featured on 21 audio and video recordings.
Mr. Byess has been a frequent conductor at the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan, conducting productions of Le tragédie de Carmen (Bizet/Brook), a highly acclaimed production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide collaborating with the composer’s daughter Jamie Bernstein as consultant, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He has recently conducted productions of Puccini’s La Bohème and a critically acclaimed production of Robert Ward’s The Crucible at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Greensboro Opera, Bizet’s Carmen with Emerald City Opera (Colorado), Copland’s The Tender Land and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance with Intermountain Opera (Montana), and Weill’s Street Scene and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance with the Eastman School of Music Opera Theatre. In addition to over 60 symphonic performances in the 2019-2020 season, Maestro Byess will conduct ballet productions of The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, and will collaborate with composer Ricky Ian Gordon in a production of his opera “27”. He is a conductor for the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute Link Up orchestra education concerts, performing for over 80,000 children in multiple US communities since 2013.