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"The music's rhythm had an irresistible momentum."

The Washington Post



The Magic of Mozart

André Raphel will appear with the Reading Symphony Orchestra during the 2019/20 season. The program features works by Mozart and Schnittke.

Mozart: Overture to The Impresario
Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos in Eb Major
Schnittke: Concerto for Piano Four-Hands
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, piano
Mozart: Symphony No. 36, Linz


2019/20 in Boston

In news recently announced, André Raphel will make his subscription series debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the 2019-20 Season. The concerts in March 2020 will feature works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still and Uri Caine's oratorio The Passion of Octavius Catto.

The March 20th concert is part of the Boston Symphony's Casual Friday series. Further information at the link:


Classical Roots in Detroit

André Raphel will lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on March 8 and 9, 2019. Classical Roots honors the achievements of African American composers. The program features Jacqueline Echols, soprano as soloist in Robert A Harris' Gloria. The work will also feature the combined voices of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and Wayne State Centennial Choir. This program pays tribute to composer George Walker (1922-2018) with his Lyric for Strings and includes William Grant Still's Symphony No. 1.

The concerts mark a return to Detroit for André, who first appeared with the DSO in 2012. The Classical Roots Gala concert on March 9 will be part of a DSO Live Webcast!

Johnson: Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
Hailstork: O Praise the Lord (a cappella)
Barnwell: Wanting Memories (a cappella)
Harris: Gloria
Walker: Lyric for Strings
Still: Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American)


Catto Recording Project

Jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine and André Raphel teamed up to record Caine's Passion of Octavius Catto in NYC. The work focuses on Catto, a pioneering figure in American history who lived in the 1800's. Octavius Catto was an educator, civil and voting rights activist, as well as a baseball player in the early Negro League.

Caine's piece is an oratorio combining classical, pop, gospel, jazz and patriotic styles to create a powerful work. Pictured below following the recording sessions: André, Barbara Walker, vocalist, Uri Caine, composer and pianist and Joyce Hammann, Concertmaster. Stay tuned for details about the CD release in Summer 2019! Here's the link to an article about the sessions from Jazz Blues News.Space. Scroll to the article: Scene of the Unheard Uri Caine

André Raphel with Barbara Walker, Uri Caine and Joyce



Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

André led the San Antonio Symphony in Pops performances of STAR WARS live film with orchestra. Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert featured the original 1977 film shown as the orchestra played John Williams' iconic film score.

Read the review from the San Antonio Express-News at the link: Star Wars A New Hope


A Night of Gershwin

André Raphel returned to the Mann Center to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in an All-Gershwin program. A Night of Gershwin featured Cuban Overture and Concerto in F with Micah McLaurin, piano.

Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Gershwin/arr. Bennett: Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture
Gershwin: An American in Paris


Raphel Named Conductor Laureate

In news recently announced, André Raphel has been named Conductor Laureate of the Wheeling Symphony. The appointment beginning with the 18/19 season recognizes Raphel's distinguished fifteen year tenure as Music Director.

Read more about the announcement at the link in this article from Broadway World conductorlaureate


East Meets West Festival- Tan Dun & Rimsky-Korsakov

André leads an "East Meets West" Festival week with the Wheeling Symphony March 14-16. The Festival begins with a presentation focusing on The Art and Tradition of Storytelling. The March 14 event will feature Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate, Wei-Wei, WSO Associate Concertmaster and André Raphel. On March 15, a panel discussion focusing on Chinese cultural traditions and Beethoven's music. Lu-Han Li, pipa will appear as well as Jennifer Frautschi, violin.

On the March 16 concert, André conducts works by Tan Dun, Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tan Dun: Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


Two of a Kind in Mobile

On February 24 and 25, André Raphel conducts the Mobile Symphony Orchestra (AL) in "Two of a Kind." The program features works by Elgar and Haydn.

Zuill Bailey will be featured as soloist playing the Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. The concerts open with Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Excerpts.

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Excerpts
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major
Zuill, Bailey, cello
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Collaborating with Zuill Bailey


A debut in Buffalo

André Raphel appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic making his debut in concerts on December 2 and 3, 2017. Critical acclaim followed for the performances.

The Buffalo News wrote: "He and the orchestra treated that Ravel with panache and technical precision. The dance rhythms sparkled and every note was right where it should be." Here's a link to the complete review:

Pops with Blockbuster Broadway

André conducts the Wheeling Symphony on September 21 in the 2017/18 Opening Night Pops concert. The concert features Blockbuster Broadway with vocalists Kelli Rabke, Scott Coulter, Jessica Hendy and John Boswell, piano.

The program includes songs from Broadway's greatest shows including: CHICAGO, ANNIE, THE LION KING, WICKED, LES MISERABLES, JERSEY BOYS, CABARET, MAMMA MIA!, BEAUTIFUL, PIPPIN and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

André Raphel with Blockbuster Broadway.


Review from Bachtrack for French Festival program

André led a French Festival program with the Wheeling Symphony which included works by Chabrier, Fauré and Berlioz. Also featured Kenneth Fuchs' new Piano Concerto "Spiritualist".

Of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the Bachtrack review noted "the music was terrifically exciting even as Raphel exerted perfect control over the proceedings." Read the complete review at the following link:


André featured on commemorative CD with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Honoring the Dream
William Grant Still (1895-1978)
from Symphony No. 1 (Afro-American):

I. Moderato assai
IV. Lento, con risoluzione

André Raphel Conductor


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