Northport Symphony Orchestra
Northport, New York
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Spring Concert

Friday, April 28 @8PM

Northport High School

$10 General Admission


Featuring Eric Mahl, Guest Conductor


Program

Danse Negre from African Suite, Op. 35, No. 4

  ― Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Viviane, Op. 5

  ― Ernest Chausson

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

  ― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  1. Andante – Allegro con anima – Molto più tranquillo
  2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
  3. Valse. Allegro moderato
  4. Finale: Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace – Meno mosso

Currently, Mr. Mahl is the Conductor at Geneva Light Opera, Music Director of OrchestraOne, Associate Conductor of the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Music Director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra at Third Street, and conductor of the Charles Ives Music Festival Orchestras.

Mr. Mahl is a musician who believes in the transformative powers of music above all else. His hope is to provide meaningful, enriching and educational musical experiences to as many people as possible. Under the belief that the study of music is essentially an exploration of the human condition, and that classical music is infinitely beneficial for every human, he strives to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of music played with the highest possible level of artistry.

Mr. Mahl consistently works with ensembles comprised of players from some of the countries greatest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony and Opera, Baltimore Symphony and others, and has collaborated with a number of Grammy winning soloists and chamber ensembles. He has had guest conducting experiences with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Ridgefield Symphony, Litha Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony, Greenwich Village Orchestra, The Chelsea Symphony, Urban Playground Orchestra, and the University Orchestras of the College Conservatory of Music (CCM), Orchestra de l’Universite de Montreal, and SUNY Fredonia. He has also worked with a number of new music ensembles in the NYC metropolitan area.

In his work, Mr. Mahl tries at every turn to inspire both Orchestra and audience members alike, hoping to spur joy, personal exploration, human understanding and enriching experience. OrchestraOne, an organization of his founding, is based on these principles and strives to connect to its community in as meaningful a way as possible, using music and collaboration as its guide. As a believer performing the great masterworks of the past as well as new works of art is integral in connecting with contemporary audiences, Eric has commissioned and premiered over ten works for Orchestra, String Ensemble and Band with various organizations.

Mr. Mahl received his Bachelors of Music in Education from Ithaca College and continued his studies both at Universite de Montreal and the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he received his master’s degree. He has studied with some of the foremost conducting pedagogues in the United States including Marin Alsop, James Ross, Harold Farberman, Neil Varon, Marc Gibson, Larry Rachleff, Don Schleicher, Jean-Francois Rivest, Paolo Bellomia, and Joseph Gifford. He has participated in workshops and competitions in the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic; at the Eastman School of Music, College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and Bard College.

Mr. Mahl’s primary instrument is the trumpet, although he is schooled in all orchestral instruments. He continues to perform in orchestral, jazz, and chamber music settings.

Mr. Mahl also firmly believes that classical music is for everyone, and that art is an important and necessary vehicle to spur empathy and the understanding of one another, regardless of background. To that end, he continually strives to engage the communities that surround his orchestras through lecture series, interactive workshops, partnerships with other local non-profits and other engagement and educational activities. It is his goal to expose the humanistic meaning behind great works of art, to tear down any and all barriers between the audience and performers and to make everyone feel welcomed and accepted into a symphonic concert.

As a member of two DEI committees, Eric is wholly dedicated to the Ideal that the healthiest and highest performing organizations are the most diverse ones, and is always working towards diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of his work.

Eric Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his cat Napoleon, and in his off time enjoys tennis, running and rock climbing. Eric believes that everyday is a new journey, and strives to live every day to the fullest.

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