NFSO: Just Another Variation

April 10 @ 7:30 pm


Just Another Variation: When a composer takes a musical idea and alters it through various techniques such as rhythm, melody and harmony, it becomes a “variation.” Led by NFSO conductor search finalist Glen Cortese, the orchestra will take you on a journey of musical twists and turns with pieces based on variations featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Variations from “Fancy Free,” the ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninoff featuring New York pianist Philip Edward Fisher, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Tickets are $25 for Adults and $16 for students of NWFSC. Virtual tickets are also available for live streaming of the concert at

Glen Cortese begins his second season as Artistic Director of the Schenectady Symphony orchestra and his fifteenth season as artistic director of the Western New York Chamber. He completed twelve successful seasons as music director of the Greeley Philharmonic and was also named music director emeritus of the Oregon Mozart Players after serving as artistic director for nine seasons.

Mr. Cortese is also an accomplished composer and winner of numerous awards including the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a two-time winner of the Joseph E. Bearns Prize, and a CAPS Grant from the New York Council on the Arts. He is also the recipient of the Arthur Judson Foundation Award for a Young American Conductor and his discography includes recordings on the Bridge, Titanic, Newport Classics, Phoenix, Owl, CMS and Le Crepuscule du Disc labels.

Philip Edward Fisher is recognized widely as a unique performer of refined style and exceptional versatility. International tours as a prolific soloist and ensemble musician have taken Mr. Fisher across his native United Kingdom to Italy, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Norway, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Japan, the Ukraine, and United States. 2002 marked his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, performing Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto under the baton of Maestro Larry Rachleff. His debut CD with the Naxos label, Handel Keyboard Suites Volume 1, was released in early 2010 to great critical acclaim and hit the US Classical Billboard Chart within the first week of its release. This was followed by the release of volume 2 in 2015 to equal acclaim. His recent release on the Chandos label, Piano Works by “The Mighty Handful”, was featured on Classic FM as John Suchet’s “Album of the Week”, as “CD of the Week” in the London Telegraph, and was shortlisted in the Best Solo Album category of the International Classical Music Awards.