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Moritz Gnann conducts Gabrieli, Marcello, Rossini and Mozart
featuring BSO principal oboe John Ferrillo

Moritz Gnann conducts Gabrieli, Marcello, Rossini and Mozart featuring BSO principal oboe John Ferrillo

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BSO Assistant Conductor Moritz Gnann leads this single Friday-afternoon program, which features principal oboe John Ferrillo in the Oboe Concerto of Alessandro Marcello, a slightly older contemporary of his fellow Venetian Antonio Vivaldi. Opening the program is a group of canzonas by the earlier Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli, who was active in the late 1500s and early 1600s. Completing the first half of this program is a wind-ensemble arrangement of numbers from Rossini's delightful and familiar 19th-century comic opera The Barber of Seville. Mozart's G minor symphony, No. 40, is among the most enduringly popular of all thecomposer's works.

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Moritz Gnann, conductor
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After three years as Kapellmeister and assistant to Music Director Donald Runnicles at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Moritz Gnann became the new assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in fall 2015. He made his successful Tanglewood debut with the BSO conducting Mahler's First Symphony. His November 2016 concerts mark his subscription series debut. In addition to his activities in Boston, Mr. Gnann continues to appear as a guest conductor with Deutsche Oper Berlin. He opened the 2015-16 season there with Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette and in the current season conducts revivals of L'elisir d'amore and Billy Budd. Following his successful debut in the 2015-16 season with the Staatskapelle Dresden, he has been reinvited to the Semperoper to lead The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel in 2016-17. Moritz Gnann's professional conducting career started in 2007, when he joined the Theater Aachen as a répétiteur and conductor. From 2009 to 2011 he was musical assistant to Julia Jones at the Teatro Nacional de Saõ Carlos in Lisbon, where he conducted such operas as Le nozze di Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, and Trouble in Tahiti, as well as concert programs. At Deutsche Oper Berlin, he conducted The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Billy Budd, and a critically acclaimed new production of Xenakis' Oresteia, for which he was nominated as "conductor of the year" by Opernwelt magazine. Mahlermania, a production that combines the biography of Gustav Mahler with his music, was recorded for the European TV channel Arte and was toured under the musical direction of Moritz Gnann to the Opéra de Rouen and to South Korea's Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival. Born in Tübingen, Germany, Moritz Gnann studied conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and Dresden School of Music, graduating with distinction. He gained further experience through active participation in master classes with Gianluigi Gelmetti, Sylvain Cambreling, Hartmut Haenchen, Bernard Haitink, and Diego Masson. He assisted Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner's Ring cycle at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Christian Thielemann on Der Rosenkavalier at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. He has regularly assisted Andris Nelsons on Lohengrin and Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival since 2010.

Moritz Gnann, conductor John Ferrillo, oboe
John Ferrillo, oboe View biography in full page >

John Ferrillo joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe at the start of the 2001 Tanglewood season, occupying the Mildred B. Remis Principal Oboe Chair, having appeared with the orchestra several times in previous seasons as a guest performer. From 1986 to 2001 he was principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Ferrillo grew up in Bedford, Massachusetts, and played in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with John de Lancie and received his diploma and artist’s certificate. He also studied with John Mack at the Blossom Festival and has participated in the Marlboro, Craftsbury, and Monadnock festivals. Prior to his appointment at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Ferrillo was second oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, and was a faculty member at Illinois State University and West Virginia State University. A former faculty member of the Mannes School of Music and Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he has taught and performed at the Aspen and Waterloo festivals and currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. His previous BSO appearances as soloist have included Ligeti’s Double Concerto for flute and oboe, with BSO colleague Elizabeth Rowe, which they will perform again on the final subscription concerts of the current season; Frank Martin’s Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion, and Strings, also with BSO colleagues; Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto; two collaborations with violinist Pinchas Zukerman at Tanglewood in music of J.S. Bach; Wayne Barlow’s The Winter’s Past, led by Leonard Slatkin in a 2014 Tanglewood program celebrating the conductor’s 70th birthday; Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, K.297b, with BSO colleagues on the opening program of the 2014-15 season; and, most recently, in May 2018, Marcello’s Concerto in C minor for oboe and strings with Moritz Gnann conducting. As principal oboe of the BSO, Mr. Ferrillo is also a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center and a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom he can be heard in BSO Classics recordings of Mozart’s Quartet in F for oboe and strings, K.370; William Bolcom’s Serenata Notturna for oboe and strings, and Dutilleux’s Les Citations for oboe, harpsichord, double bass, and percussion. 

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John Ferrillo, oboe
Program Notes Audio
GABRIELI - Canzonas for brass (8 min)
MARCELLO - Concerto in C minor for oboe and strings (11 min)
ROSSINI (arr. SEDLAK) - Suite from Il barbiere di Siviglia, for wind ensemble (15 min)
MOZART - Symphony No. 40 (29 min)
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