October 6th, 2017:
THE FLYING LOTUS BY GRAMMY® AND ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER A.R. RAHMAN RELEASED TODAY ON KM MUSIQ RECORD LABEL UNDER THE CONDUCTING OF RICARDO AVERBACH
Award winning composer A.R. Rahman released a recording of the world premiere of The Flying Lotus on October 6th, 2017. Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and recorded live in concert under the conducting of Ricardo Averbach, The Flying Lotus is Rahman’s first composition commissioned by a major symphony orchestra. (Full Story)
October 5th, 2017
MIAMI ORCHESTRA PLAYS ‘THE SYMPHONY OF THE DANCE’
Miami University’s Symphony Orchestra performed the first concert of its 101st season on Friday, October 6th. The concert, titled “The Symphony of the Dance,” featured a diverse program of music, with all the pieces centered around the theme of fighting for freedom. This year’s theme comes from the concert’s dedication to Daniel Pearl’s World Music Days. (Full Story)
September 15th, 2017
MU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLACES IN AMERICAN PRIZE COMPETITION
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ricardo Averbach became semi-finalists for the 2016 American Prize in two separate categories: best orchestra, college level and best orchestra conductor, college level.
The American Prize is a set of annual nonprofit national competitions in the performing arts which recognizes and rewards commercial and noncommercial recorded performances of classical music in the United States based on submitted applications. There is no live competition. The award is bestowed at professional, college/university, community and high school levels in composition, piano, voice, chamber music, conducting, ensemble performance and a number of other areas. The jury consists of well known performing artists in each area, with the conductor and composer David Katz serving as chief judge. (Full Story)
October 13, 2015
ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY
One hundred years of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra. Fifty years of The Sound of Music. Twenty years of Global Rhythms.
On Oct. 17, all three anniversaries will be celebrated in Hall Auditorium by more than 300 musicians and dancers – many of them international artists, all of them performing music from across the world.
Tickets were sold out 10 days before the show. (Full Story)
May 5th, 2014
CONCERTO COMPETITION WINNERS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AT ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Imagine the sound of dozens of pristine musical instruments echoing off the illustrious Hall Auditorium ceiling: it’s a listening experience that puts those $10 headphones from Walmart to shame.
You can hear the difference for yourself at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday at the Miami University Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the year.
This concert has a few unique offerings, Director of Orchestral Studies and conductor Ricardo Averbach said. Along with being dedicated to the centennial of one of the greatest bass singers of all time, the Bulgarian Boris Christoff, the concert will showcase the talents of three Miami students.
These students won the university-wide concerto competition in November, in which they are required to perform concertos by memory. (Full Story)
October 8th, 2013
SYMPHONY HONORS THE LEGACY OF JOURNALIST
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra is preparing for an incredibly meaningful concert Wednesday. Performing two of the greatest classical compositions ever created, the orchestra will make music with Bruce Murray, the Music Department chair and the concert’s soloist, for a worthy cause. The concert is part of the 2013 Daniel Pearl World Music Days series in which artists from across the globe seek to dispel hatred and violence through the unity of music. The concert will also serve as a way to express the talent and dedication of the Miami University Music Department, the only one of its kind in the nation to have two orchestras as finalists in the American Prize for Classical Music awards. Through the themes of unity, tolerance, and acceptance, the music of the Symphony Orchestra will spread a message to audiences that not even words can fully convey. (Full Story)
Jan 31st, 2012-October 7th, 2012
MUSIC ENSEMBLES TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL
Miami University’s music ensembles take the stage in fall 2012 at one of the most prestigious venues in the world – Carnegie Hall. It is expected that 350 students will participate, with students from virtually all-academic majors represented.
Miami’s School of Fine Arts and the department of music recently signed an agreement to give a featured performance. Groups slated to perform include the Chamber Singers, Choraliers, Collegiate Chorale, Men’s Glee Club, Miami University Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami University Wind Ensemble.
Music ensembles will perform in a special all-Miami University concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, which seats 2,804. Ticket availability and other details will be announced as plans develop.
Plans are in motion for a “Miami University Weekend in New York” that will include a special menu of activities culminating with the Carnegie Hall performance.
James Lentini, dean of the School of Fine Arts, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for a celebration that includes the whole university, and we are crafting plans to make this a major event for all Miami University alumni and friends. I congratulate the faculty, staff, and students of the department of music, whose continued commitment to excellence has allowed this opportunity to come to life.”
The department of music at Miami is listed as one of 25 “Strongest Programs” nationwide among all colleges (public and private) by the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges, and boasts successful graduates that include conductor Steven Reineke of the New York Pops.
April 19th, 2011
MUSO CELEBRATES YEAR’S END WITH GMYS
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra invited the Great Miami Youth Symphony (now the Butler Philharmonic Youth Orchestra) over to Miami University-Oxford for an hour of joint music making and a bit of pizza on Monday, April 18th.
And over they came. Over 75 high school musicians, under the direction of Paul Stanbery spent the late afternoon hobnobbing with members of the MUSO and MU music faculty and sitting down together to rehearse and play together under the batons of Stanbery and MUSO director Ricardo Averbach.
“It was a great experience for us all,” said Dorian Mohar, MUSO’s principal trumpet. “The GMYO players had a chance to play alongside more seasoned players, and we had the opportunity to meet and work with musicians with the same aspirations we had when we were in their shoes a few years ago.”
The joint ensemble worked on Variations on a Shaker Melody by Aaron Copland, the English Folk Song Suite of Ralph Vaughn Williams, and American Salute by Morton Gould.
The day after the event, Stanbery wrote in a note to music department chair Judith Delzell that “the music making was grand, and the connection between my kids, Miami students, and the tremendous turn out of the music department faculty was special. The goal, to make the music department – and especially the orchestra – a familiar and welcoming place for my kids was met ‘in spades’.”
The collaboration was the last event of the academic year for the GMYO, an affiliate of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra (Now the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra), also conducted by Stanbery.
February 24th, 2011
MUSO HOSTS REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF CODA
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ricardo Averbach, was in the spotlight February 19-20 as the host orchestra for the 2011 regional conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) held on the MU-Oxford campus.
Organized by Averbach, president of CODA’s Northeast Division, the event hosted several sessions on performance practice, a retrospective on the legacy of conductor Max Rudolph, and several sessions on surviving and thriving in the current economic and technological environment in which we live.
“Of all the regional conferences (I have attended), this was by far the best,” writes conductor Jonathan Mitchell of Boston College, adding to a host of laudatory comments from other attendees. Accolades from Northern Kentucky University’s Frank Resteran referenced Averbach’s work as the organizer and musician, writing “…you are to be commended for your excellent organizational skill in addition to the highest level of musicianship and artistry that you always show. Your program is now a model to me. BRAVO!”
From Dr. Mark Hartman of Shippensburg University (Pennsylvania) came this note:
“I would like to let all know that the conference last weekend at Miami University was a great time. I want to applaud Ricardo Averbach for his efforts in making it useful and user-friendly, and people centered. It was also great to meet new people that are both serious professionals and warm human beings.”
A major highlight of the conference was the performance on Saturday evening by the MUSO, which included Iphigenia in Aulis Overture (Gluck/Wagner); Moldau by Smetana, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, Suite No. 2; Gypsy Airs (Zigeunerweisen), by Sarasate, featuring guest violinist Daniel Guedes, and the premiere performance* of The Insects’ Martyrdom by Heitor Villa-Lobos, using a newly published critical edition produced by Averbach under a grant from Miami University’s Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (OARS). Of the concert, Patricia Sparti of Gardner-Webb University wrote “FABULOUS CONCERT AND BRAVO TO YOU!!!!” (caps and exclamation points hers).
The conference brought to Miami University more than 30 college orchestra maestros from as far away as Utah, Texas, and Massachusetts.
For more about the conference, check out this article.
September 10th, 2010
MUSO TO COLLABORATE WITH HAMILTON-FAIRFIELD SYMPHONY
The Miami University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Averbach, will give a joint performance with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra (now the Butler Philharmonic), conducted by Paul Stanbery, at 8 p.m. Friday, October 8th, in Hall Auditorium. This is the first time that the Miami University Symphony Orchestra combines with a professional orchestra for a concert. (Full Story)
September 2nd, 2010
AVERBACH AWARDED HONOR DIPLOMA
Ricardo Averbach, associate professor of music and director of orchestral studies at Miami University, was awarded the First Honor Diploma at this year’s Masterplayers International Music Competition. (Full Story)
OCO TAKES 2ND PRIZE IN AMERICAN PRIZE COMPETITION
The Oxford Chamber Orchestra (OCO), under the direction of Ricardo Averbach, and consisting of students and faculty at Miami University, has taken second place in the American Prize Competition. It was announced this week by the event’s leadership. (Full Story)
July 13th, 2010
AVERBACH WINS MAJOR CONDUCTING PRIZE
Oxford – Maestro Ricardo Averbach, director of orchestral studies at Miami University and president of the College Orchestra Directors Association, Northeast division, has won The American Prize in Conducting in the college/university orchestra division. Averbach, at Miami since 2002, conducts the Miami University Symphony Orchestra and the Oxford Chamber Orchestra. He was one of 19 finalists for the prize. (Full Story)