Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra

Sonorous Strings

8 pm, Friday, February 26, 2010

Conductor: Sabatino Vacca
Guest Artists: Rachel Mercer, cello and Akemi Mercer, violin

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Leonore Overture # 3

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Unfinished Symphony # 8

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Double Concerto for Violoncello & Violin in A minor, op. 102

Sabatino Vacca

Sabatino Vacca

Sabatino is the Music Director for the Cambridge Community Orchestra and the Guelph Youth Music Centre Youth Symphony. Sabatino has also conducted orchestras in the Czech Republic, Symphony Hamilton, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. The Cambridge Community Orchestra led by Sabatino accompanied tenor Ben Heppner in a special benefit concert in Cambridge last season. Sabatino has conducted the Guelph Symphony Orchestra in a joint concert with the Guelph Youth Symphony. For Opera York he has served as Artistic Director for productions of Carmen, Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Tosca, and for Rigoletto this season. For Brampton Lyric Opera he has conducted Pagliacci, and Rigoletto. For Kitchener Opera he will conduct Madama Butterfly this season. He is currently on staff with Opera Hamilton and Wilfrid Laurier University, and has worked as an opera coach for the University of Toronto, as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music. This season he will perform the Totentanz by Liszt as piano soloist with Symphony Hamilton in their opening concert, and will return to conduct their Christmas concert for the fourth consecutive year. Last year Sabatino was granted the Spirit of Ontario award for the Arts by the National Congress of Italian Canadians.