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Beethoven’s Eighth

Josep Caballé Domenech, music director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, conducts your BPO and pianist Michelle Cann performing Price’s exquisite Piano Concerto, along with the whimsical Burleske by Richard Strauss. Beethoven’s short and spirited Eighth Symphony, and the frenzied and free-flowing Fate Now Conquers inspired by Beethoven, round out this brilliant program.


Josep Caballé Domenech, conductor
Michelle Cann, piano

CARLOS SIMON  Fate Now Conquers
PRICE  Piano Concerto in One Movement
R. STRAUSS  Burleske in D minor
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 8 in F major

Join us after Saturday’s concert for a Musician’s Nightcap!

Meet us on the lower level for the first of our new post-concert Musician’s Nightcap series, featuring light refreshments and conversations led by BPO Double Bassist Jonathan Borden. This special event is free and open to all who attend Saturday’s concert.

About Josep Caballé Domenech

Josep Caballé Domenech is in his twelfth season as Music Director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and has been Chief Conductor of the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra since 2018. He has also held the positions of General Director of the Halle Opera and Staatskapelle, Artistic Director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Norköping Symphony.

As a guest conductor, Caballé Domenech has conducted a prominent list of orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Bayerischen Rundfunk, Bamberg Symphony, DSO Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, Tonkünstler Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, San Antonio, Tucson, and Fort Worth. In Spain he has conducted the National Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra, Principado of Asturias Symphony Orchestra, and orchestras of Granada, Extremadura, Valencia, Navarra, Tenerife, and Galicia.

Renowned for his career in the operatic field, Caballé Domenech has led productions at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Staatsoper Berlin, Hamburg Staatsoper, Halle Opera, State Opera Stuttgart, Dresden Semperoper, Theater an der Wien, Volksoper in Vienna, Komische Oper in Berlin, Capitol du Toulouse, Theater Royal du Versailles, San Carlo di Napoli, ABAO-Bilbao Opera, Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Beijing National Opera, Teatro Mayor, and Teatro Colón in Bogotá.

Latest highlights include the Teatro Real’s concert with Bryn Terfel, a collaboration with Lang Lang and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, a concert with Yo-Yo Ma at the 90th Anniversary of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, a benefit concert with the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie, and a concert at the Palau de la Música Barcelona for UNICEF.

His recent season includes concerts with the Dresdner Festspiel Orchestra, Moritzburg Festival Orchestra, Niederrheinischer Symphoniker, Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, Memphis and Portland Symphonies, Principado of Asturias Symphony Orchestra, RTVE, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Sczcezin Philharmonic Orchestra, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, and performances of Carmen in Puerto Rico and Ariadne auf Naxos in Bogotá.

About Michelle Cann

Lauded as “technically fearless with…an enormous, rich sound” (La Scena Musicale), pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age fourteen and has since performed as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Atlanta and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Ms. Cann’s 2022-23 season includes an appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, return engagements with the Cincinnati and New Jersey symphonies, and debut performances with the Baltimore, National, New World, Seattle, and Utah symphonies. She makes her debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony and performs recitals in New Orleans, Little Rock, Sarasota, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

A champion of the music of Florence Price, Ms. Cann performed the New York City premiere of the composer’s Piano Concerto in One Movement with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in July 2016 and the Philadelphia premiere with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in February 2021, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called “exquisite.” She has also performed Price’s works for solo piano and chamber ensemble for prestigious presenters such as Caramoor, Chamber Music Detroit, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, San Francisco Performances, and Washington Performing Arts.

Ms. Cann is the recipient of the 2022 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Sphinx Organization, and the 2022 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. Embracing a dual role as performer and pedagogue, Ms. Cann frequently teaches master classes and leads residencies. She has served on the juries of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and at the Music Academy of the West. She has also appeared as cohost and collaborative pianist with NPR’s From The Top.

Ms. Cann studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where she serves on the piano faculty as the inaugural Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies.


Sunday, March 5, 2023
2:30 pm
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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
(716) 885-5000

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