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The Akron Symphony Orchestra will feature Apollo’s Fire violinist Olivier Brault

The Akron Symphony Orchestra welcomes Apollo’s Fire violinist Olivier Brault
The Akron Symphony Orchestra welcomes Apollo’s Fire violinist Olivier Brault
The Akron Symphony Orchestra

Olivier Brault of Apollo’s fire joins the Akron Symphony Orchestra for Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”

The ASO’s own Todd Jelen is also featured on Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto

The Akron Symphony Orchestra is proud to present Vivaldi’s “The Four Season” featuring Olivier Brault, concertmaster of Cleveland’s baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire. The concert will be on January 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall.

Conducting that evening’s performance will be Christopher Wilkins which will also include Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 as well as Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto which will be performed by Akron Symphony Orchestra’s own Todd Jelen.

“We are thrilled to welcome Olivier Brault back to Akron as soloist in one of the most celebrated works in the repertoire,” said Christopher Wilkins, Music Director and conductor of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. “The Four Seasons never fails to astonish with its limitless imagination and unforgettable tunes. Vivaldi is a master at painting pictures in sound, bringing nature to life like the most accomplished landscape artist. Olivier Brault, one of the world's foremost virtuosos on the Baroque violin, adds his infectious presence and brings a lifetime of devotion to music of this period.”

Olivier Brault currently leads Apollo’s Fire Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra, and performs as soloist with many ensembles including the Ensemble Caprice, Les Boréades de Montréal, La Bande Montréal Baroque, the Quatuor Franz Joseph and Les Idées heureuses. A native of Terrebonne in Québec, Brault brings his communicative enthusiasm and scholarship to concerts throughout Canada, Europe and the U.S. He holds a doctorate from the Université de Montréal where he specialized in 18th century French violin repertoire, and his exploration of historical performance has led him to dance and theatre. Brault has participated in many award-winning recordings on the Atma and Analekta labels. He gives workshops and masterclasses at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, McGill University, Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In 2011, he received the medal of the Assemblée Nationale du Québec for his cultural contribution to his Nation.

“The concert opens with two early masterpieces of Mozart epitomizing the grace and charm of early Classical style,” said Wilkins. “Principal Bassoon Todd Jelen performs the tuneful and joyous Bassoon Concerto. And then comes one of the jewels of the repertoire, music of sublime lyricism and richness, the magical A major symphony.”

Todd Jelen is the principal bassoonist with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, and the Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia. He served as principal bassoon for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for eight years and has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Utah Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and the Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Jelen received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Cleveland State University and his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Tickets for The Four Seasons range from $25-$55 with 50% off for students and 25% off for groups of ten or more. Tickets are available through the Akron Symphony ticket office by calling 330-535-8131, online at www.akronsymphony.org, or by contacting The University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall box office at 330-972-7570 or online through www.uaevents.com.

The Akron Symphony appreciates its sponsors, including Previews from the Podium sponsor Audio-Technia, media partners 89.7FM WKSU, Akron Life and Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. Additional support provided by The University of Akron and the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund Akron Symphony concerts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

For 62 years, the Akron Symphony has been a driving musical force throughout Greater Akron. Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, the Akron Symphony is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community, and is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association, Inc. (GAMA), whose vision is to be embraced and sustained as a community treasure that provides a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. GAMA’s vision is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Symphony, Akron Youth Philharmonic, Akron Symphony Chorus, Gospel Meets Symphony Choir, Akron Symphony Guild and numerous outreach and educational programs throughout the region.