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May 19, 2018, 8pm
May 20, 2018, 3pm

Jorge Soto, Guest Conductor

Beethoven - Consecration of the House
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
   Irina Muresanu, violin
Beethoven -Symphony No. 7

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All Beethoven – enjoy the work of this genius composer with New Phil guest conductor, Jorge Soto! Beethoven was a musical revolutionary – his inspirational music speaks for itself!

The wonderful and gifted violinist, Irina Muresanu joins the New Phil for the great violin concerto who has been noted as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist.”

Irina Muresanu

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Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her “irresistible,” (Boston Globe) exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Globe has also come to praise her as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist” and the Los Angeles Times has written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable”. Her performances have been frequently cited as among the Best of Classical Music Performances by the Boston Globe, most recently for a 2016 recital with pianist Roberto Plano titled “Rorem, Ravel, and Rags.”

Muresanu has performed in renowned concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her solo engagements include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphonia, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Transvaal Philharmonic (Pretoria, S. Africa), the Romanian National Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Radio Flamande (Brussels), the Boston Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony New Hampshire, amongst others.



Jorge Soto

Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Jorge Soto is a product of El Sistema, an innovative program that uses classical music as a vehicle for social change. He began his musical studies in Venezuela at the Vicente Emilio Sojo State Conservatory, and later studied violin at the Latin American Academy of Violin under Rhio Sanchez and José Francisco Del Castillo. In the United States, he has studied with Sophie Vilker, Janne Malmivaara, Peter Sulski, and Timothy Schwarz.

Jorge Soto is a founding member of the Simón Bolívar National Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has also performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Soto remains very active in El Sistema in Venezuela, where he teaches violin, coaches chamber music, and conducts orchestras around the country, including serving as a guest conductor with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has guest conducted the Arkansas Youth Symphony and collaborated with the orchestras at Assumption College and Clark University.

Soto's conducting teachers and mentors include Harold Farberman, Gustavo Dudamel, Eduardo Marturet, Stephen Tucker, Jani Telaranta, and Charles Peltz. He holds a Master of Music degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a Bachelor of Music in violin performance. 

In December of 2015, Soto assisted Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in the preparation of Puccini's Turandot with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. 


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