The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Orchestra (PACS) will honor veterans of the United States Armed Forces with a large-scale gala concert at Carnegie Hall on November 19. The performance will feature the New York premiere of Dreams of the Fallen - the
much-admired new work by award-winning composer Jake Runestad and the poet and United States Army veteran Brian Turner. The work probes the way veterans are forever psychologically changed by their experiences of war. The program concludes with a performance of Beethoven's uplifting Symphony No. 9.
The Epoch Times explored music director David Bernard's vision for "Classical Music from the InsideOut". in this article--entitled "Bringing the Audience Into the Orchestra"--the Epoch Times described how an "InsideOut" concert opens a pathway for audiences to appreciate the live concert experience in ways they couldn't even imagine previously.
These recordings stand the test of comparison with other recorded performances, because Bernard is a very capable and perceptive leader who knows how to reveal the best in this music. Each selection is as different from the others as could be, but all of them have this in common: They have become mainstays of the concert hall and in recordings. The sound is exemplary.
David Bernard’s The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (PACS) opens the window onto 20th century music featuring a CD that stretches all expectant boundaries. When asked about his selection, Maestro David Bernard is quoted as saying: “…this album was to give the listener a compelling sampling of Early 20th Century Music across differing styles of composition.
Intimacy with a group of performers has its pros and cons. If the crew onstage are on their game, everyone in the audience feels like they’re in it with them. By the same token, in close quarters you hear every mistake. So it was especially rewarding to watch the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.
David Bernard has won competitions and awards for his conducting, and we hear his spirit and precision with a small orchestra to good effect here. The album is worth acquiring to round out a collection of Beethoven symphonies.
The big story at the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony‘s performance at Carnegie Hall this past Sunday was pianist Daniela Liebman‘s debut. But the orchestra did their best to pre-empt that. They exploded with their introductory piece, Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, more curtain-burner than curtain-lifter. Maestro David Bernard conducted from memory, as he did with all but one of the works on the program. He’s a lot of fun to watch, a very kinetic presence, big smile stretched across his face, bouncing on the balls of his feet.
The massive, lush Park Avenue Chamber Symphony with David Bernard on the podium make their latest appearance at Carnegie Hall on Oct 27 at 2 PM at Stern Auditorium, playing Dvorak’sCarnival Overture, the Brahms Violin Concerto with Jourdan Urbach on violin, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Daniela Liebman on piano and then Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture.
On October 27th at 2PM, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony led by its music director David Bernard returns to the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall for a program of Dvorak, Brahms, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Featured in the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 is 11 year old Daniela Liebman, making her Carnegie Hall Debut. BWW Classical World sat down with Daniela Liebman to find out more about this incredible young talent.
Featured in the Brahms Violin Concerto is 21 year old Jourdan Urbach, making his third appearance at Carnegie Hall with Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. We sat down with Jourdan to find out more about his rise as a classical artist.
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony is one of many orchestras in New York City. The level of competition is fierce and as a result, many ensembles have a tough time building audiences and obtaining recognition. Yet the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony is thriving and has received recognition as a First Prize winner of The American Prize competition in Orchestra Performance over two consecutive years.
The competition between professional music organizations in New York City must equal that of the busiest cosmopolitan areas throughout the world. Yet through simple deduction, the overall quality and availability of musical talent must be significant enough to warrant multiple professional music groups, even those that program the same type of music. Conductor David Bernard surely recognized this when founding The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.