A packed work schedule doesn't necessarily indicate a great conductor, but in the case of Toshiyuki Shimada, it certainly does. Knoxville audiences will have the opportunity to judge for themselves this weekend as he takes the guest baton for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for the Masterworks pair of concerts.
Shimada is currently music director and conductor of three orchestras: the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT; the Southern Finger Lakes Orchestra of the Corning-Elmira area of New York; and the Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale University since 2005. He holds an Associate Professor of Conducting position with Yale University's School of Music and Department of Music.
Shimada also serves as Music Director Laureate of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Portland, Maine, being Music Director there from 1986 to 2006. Prior to the position in Portland, he was Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Since 1998, he has been Principal Conductor of the Vienna Modern Masters record label in Austria.
This week's concert (Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm at the Tennessee Theatre) is one that shouldn't be missed. On the bill is--
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") with pianist Gleb Ivanov
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 ("Rhenish")
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