Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940
FRANK Three Latin American Dances
MARSHALL Streets of Old San Juan (World Premiere)
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2
VILLA-LOBOS Ária (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
MARQUEZ Conga del Fuego
ABREU Tico Tico
Amy Cofield, soprano
Laszlo Marosi, guest conductor
From Cuba to Argentina, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra criss-crosses the globe with music from and inspired by Latin America. Join us for a scintillating concert of passionate tangos, blazing mambos and pulsating congas. The symphony’s all-Latin program includes such favorites as Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and dynamic orchestral works from contemporary Latin composers, including Conga del Fuego and Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, Fandangos by Roberto Sierra, and Three Latin American Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank. Soprano, Amy Cofield joins the orchestra to sing Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s gorgeous Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Internationally renowned conductor, Laszlo Marosi will conduct several works on the program, including the World Premiere of Christopher Marshall's Streets of Old San Juan. The playful rhythms, familiar dance tunes and fiery passion of these works will transport you to Latin America in this snappy, sizzling program.
Soprano, Amy Cofield, is a highly sought after performer and teacher. Praised by the New York Times for her "lovely, rich tone," Ms. Cofield has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, England, Santo Domingo, Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Highly regarded for her “technical facility,” her “beauty of interpretation” and an “arresting presence,” her operatic roles have included Violetta, a role that marked her debut at Houston Grand Opera where she covered Renee Fleming’s Traviata, Cleopatra, Micaela, and Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Roanoke, Elcia (cover) in Rossini’s Moses in Egypt at New York City Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Nevada Opera, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Greensboro Light Opera (Eastern Music Festival), Violetta with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Mimi, with Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (TX), Cunegonde and Susannah with Fort Worth Opera, Musetta and Pamina with Knoxville Opera, Gilda, Norina and Violetta with Lyric Opera San Antonio, and Konstanze and Violetta with Teatro Lirico D'Europa.
Amy’s busy concert schedule has included performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Brahms’ Requiem with the U.S. Naval Academy, Orff's Carmina Burana with Virginia Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Einhorn's Voices of Light, Haydn’s Creation and Handel's Messiah with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Ravel’s Sheherazade with Norfolk Chamber Consort, Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul Oratorio, Haydn's The Seasons, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society and in works from Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, to Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem with Garden State Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In addition Amy has appeared with Opera Camerata of Washington, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Chamber Music in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and with The Masterwork Chorus (NJ) in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall.
Recent engagements included the role of Violetta in Opera Roanoke's production of Verdi's La Traviata, and a world premiere in NY, performing the role of Belinda in the opera/oratorio, The Rape of the Lock (Alexander Pope), by NY composer Deborah Mason, a return to SNMAS for Mendelssohn’s Elijah, to Roanoke Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and a debut with Tulsa Symphony performing Brahms’ Requiem. Upcoming engagements include recitals in Maine and Virginia, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor at St John’s Episcopal Church (Roanoke, VA), Handel’s Messiah with Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, and Haydn’s Creation with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Recognized by his peers as a conductor’s conductor, Laszlo Marosi enjoys a career of leading orchestras and wind bands at concerts, festivals, recording studios and academies around the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. He has appeared in major concert halls like the Nibelungen Halle (Germany), The Hungarian State Opera House (Budapest, Hungary), El Teatro Libertador (Cordoba, Argentina), Palau de la Musica (Valencia, Spain) and Sala Sao Paulo (Brazil), and has conducted professional orchestras including the Matav and Dohnanyi symphonies of Budapest, The Hungarian State Operetta Symphony,The Symphony Orchestras of Guanajuato and Oaxaca (Mexico) and the national symphonies of Kazakhstan, Honduras, and Costa Rica. Among the elite wind ensembles he has conducted are the Hungarian Central Army Band, the Royal Military Band of the Netherlands, the State Symphonic Band of Sao Paulo, The Wind Orchestra Of The Teatro Libertador Of Cordoba Argentina, the U.S. Navy Band, and the U.S. Air Force Band of Europe.
Maestro Marosi is currently the artistic director of the International Band Festival of Villa Carlos Paz (Argentina), the Artistic Advisor and Conductor for Stormworks Europe Publishing, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting at the University of Central Florida.
A proponent of contemporary music, Maestro Marosi has premiered many works for orchestra and wind ensemble, including numerous pieces by Frigyes Hidas, Kamillo Lendvay, Laszlo Dubrovay, Karel Husa, Guy Woolfenden, recent works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Shulamit Ran, Juan Trigos, Christopher Marshall, Nunzio Ortolano, Vincente Moncho, Edson Zampronha, and many more.
Marosi has been trusted at the helm of commercial recordings since the 1980s and has appeared on dozens of albums. Marosi collaborates closely with soloists and composers, including an award-winning recording of music by tuba virtuoso and composer Roland Szentpali (the Roger Bobo Award of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association), the premiere recording of Antonio Ruiz-Pipo’s Guitar Concerto No. 3 with Eladio Scharrón, and numerous pieces by Frigyes Hidas. In 1993, he was asked to serve as conductor and artistic director of the professional Budapest Symphonic Band, in addition to his responsibilities as the conductor of the Liszt Academy Wind Orchestra. These ensembles produced several commercial CD recordings for leading European companies, including Hungaroton. About his recordings of wind band arrangements of music from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Classics Today said, “Marosi conducts these Ringlets in a flowing, energetic manner that some of today’s prominent Wagner conductors could learn from.”
Born in Sarvar, Hungary, Marosi’s musical education began at the age of five, and continued at the Music Gymnasium, where he majored on both piano and trombone. He studied conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music with Tamas Breitner, the director of the Pecs Opera. From 1982 to 1997 Marosi worked as the conductor of the Hungarian Central Army Orchestra. During this period he recorded a number of works by Liszt and several contemporary Hungarian composers. He also conducted his ensemble for radio and television productions and toured with the group throughout Europe. His book,The History of the Military Music in Hungary from 1741-1945, was published in 2011.
Between 1989 and 1994, Marosi conducted more than fifty performances annually with the Budapest State Operetta Theater Orchestra. He was invited to guest conduct the Matav Symphony Orchestra, and toured Europe with the Strauss Symphony Orchestra (1996 and 1998). As guest conductor, lecturer and adjudicator he has appeared throughout Europe, Israel, England, South Africa, Namibia, Khazakhstan, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, and the United States.
Following his professional career in Hungary, he matriculated to Florida State University, where he earned a M.M. in Conducting and a Ph.D. in Music Education with James Croft and Philip Spurgeon. He frequently conducted the University Symphony Orchestra, including acclaimed performances of the music of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Shulamit Ran. As Visiting Professor, Dr.Marosi served as Associate Conductor of the FSU Wind Orchestra during the 2002-03 academic year.
For his contributions to Hungarian contemporary music, he was twice awarded the Artisjus prize by the Hungarian Composers Union. In 1998, he was awarded the FAME prize at the Mid Europe Wind Music Festival in Schladming, Austria for his international conducting activities, and in 2013 was award the Research Incentive Award from the University of Central Florida for his publications and recordings of the music of Frigyes Hidas.