Rachael Walters Brightwell
- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
Program Change: Due to illness, Isabel Bayrakdarian will not perform. Yulia Van Doren will be the featured vocalist.
ATLANTA (Feb. 27, 2014) The Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) and acclaimed soprano Yulia Van Doren will perform Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Conducted by Richard Prior, the event is free and open to the public.
¿A deeply profound and moving work, the three movement symphony incorporates texts from the traditional 15th century Polish liturgy, a haunting fragment written on the wall of a cell by a young girl in the concentration camp at Zakopane and a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son during the chaos of the Silesian uprisings,¿ said Prior. ¿The powerful and universal themes of motherhood and separation from a child in times of war and conflict dominate the work as it weaves an exquisite musical tapestry that simply cannot be missed where there is an opportunity for live performance.¿
Van Doren and Prior will also conduct a Creativity Conversation on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Schwartz Center. This event is also free and open to the public.
About Yulia Van Doren
Hailed as ¿a hugely appealing, obviously important talent¿ (Philadelphia Inquirer) the young Russian-American soprano Yulia Van Doren is increasingly sought after for her ability to tackle the most demanding and varied repertoire. In recent seasons, she made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in Shostakovich¿s Orango; sang St. Theresa in Virgil Thomson¿s Four Saints in Three Acts with the Mark Morris Dance Group; performed Nielsen¿s Symphony No. 3 with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Festival; and sang Handel¿s Messiah with the Houston Symphony and Bach¿s B Minor Mass with Music of the Baroque. Recent opera performances include Dorinda in Handel¿s Orlando at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Tanglewood Festivals with Philharmonia Baroque; Galatea in Handel¿s Acis and Galatea at the Macau International Music Festival; Mereo in Scarlatti¿s Tigrane for Opéra de Nice, and Betsy in Monsigny¿s Le Roi et le Fermier, with Opera Lafayette, at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Opéra Royal de Versailles (recorded for Naxos).
Highlights of her 2012-2013 season included appearances at the Kennedy Center (Actéon with Opera Lafayette); Music of the Baroque (St. John Passion with Jane Glover); Phoenix Symphony (Messiah with Michael Christie); and Bard Music Festival (recital with Kent Tritle). She traveled twice to the Netherlands for performances with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, including her Concertgebouw debut in broadcast performances as the title role in Handel¿s Acis and Galatea. Acclaimed symphonic debuts that season included the Toronto Symphony (Messiah), Baltimore Symphony (Messiah), Milwaukee Symphony (Pergolesi and Handel), and Albany Symphony (Bach Magnificat).
Ms. Van Doren earned an undergraduate degree at the New England Conservatory, and a master¿s degree from Bard College, and is a recipient of numerous scholarships, including the prestigious Soros Fellowship for New Americans and a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for Advanced European Study. She was a winner of Astral Artists¿ 2009 National Auditions..