Carlos Ágreda, conductor
Kenneth Olsen ‘98, cello
DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
EDWARD ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
JOHANN STRAUSS II: Die Fledermaus Overture
OTTORINO RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome
The Empire State Youth Orchestra is celebrating 40 years of musical excellence! Led by Music Director Carlos Ágreda, ESYO Symphony Orchestra kicks off our birthday bash with Dmitri Shostakovich’s ceremonial fanfare, “Festive Overture."
ESYO alumnus and assistant principal cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Olsen ‘98, returns to the Capital Region as the guest soloist in Edward Elgar’s emotionally charged “Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op.85.”
Also featured in this program are J. Strauss II’s lively operetta “Die Fledermaus Overture” and Ottorino Respighi’s rousing “Pines of Rome.”
6:30 PM Pre-Concert Talk with Carlos Ágreda
Be inspired! Music Director & Conductor Carlos Ágreda will lead a pre-concert presentation. Gain new insight through the music you're about to hear and learn more about the composers behind "Shostakovich", "Elgar", "Strauss" and "Respighi".
Pre-concert presentation and discussion in the concert hall lobby from 6:30pm-7:00pm, with the concert starting at 7:30pm.
ESYO Alumnus Kenneth Olsen became Assistant Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Prior to his appointment with the CSO, he received his Bachelor's of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard Aaron and furthered his studies at The Juilliard School as a student of Joel Krosnick. Ken grew up in Albany, NY where he was a pupil of Martha Vivona and later Luis Garcia Renart of Bard College.
Outside of the CSO he is heavily involved in both chamber and solo pursuits. Ken is a founding member of ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), a critically-acclaimed, conductor-less chamber orchestra comprised of some of today’s most vibrant and gifted young string players -- soloists, chamber musicians, and members of major American orchestras. He is also a founding member of the Chicago-based Civitas Ensemble, as well as the cellist of the Lincoln String Quartet, made of up musicians from the CSO.