The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra introduces its new Music Director, Ariel Rudiakov, in a symphonic celebration like no other. This musical journey through time, aptly titled “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue,” promises to be an enchanting experience for music lovers of all ages. Mark your calendars for October 15th, at 3:00 pm at Saunders Trade and Technical High School in Yonkers.
About the conductor
Ariel Rudiakov, a third-generation musician, hails from a musical family in Riverdale, NY. With degrees from SUNY Purchase and the University of Illinois, he studied under notable instructors, including the Tokyo String Quartet. Rudiakov enjoys a diverse musical career, collaborating with renowned musicians worldwide. He’s conducted various orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and Metropolitan symphonies. Rudiakov has a rich recording history, championing works by composers like Saint-Saens and Giannini and fostering new music through commissions and recordings.
About the program
The program kicks off with Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. This emotional rollercoaster transports the audience through the serene Moroccan desert sunrise in “Morning Mood” to the poignant depiction of loss in “Ase’s Death.” Rudiakov’s interpretation of “Anitra’s Dance” promises to be seductive, while “The Hall of the Mountain King” will immerse listeners in the subterranean world of trolls, goblins, and gnomes.
Mozart’s 40th Symphony, a masterpiece known for its operatic qualities, follows thereafter. Above all, it showcases Mozart’s mastery of dynamics, pacing, and rhythm. The symphony promises to captivate with its dramatic crescendos and delicate melodies.
The program takes a turn with Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Ballade. Overcoming prejudice due to his mixed race heritage, Coleridge Taylor’s music is a powerful testament to his talent. And this composition is a display of drama and heart.
The grand finale, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the iconic British rock band Queen, is not to be missed. This six minute suite, featuring an electric viola solo by Ariel Rudiakov himself, takes the audience on a journey through various musical styles. It culminates in a reflective coda that will leave a lasting impression.
This upcoming concert is a testament to the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra’s commitment to providing exceptional musical experiences to the community. And best of all, it’s a free event! So, save the date and bring the whole family to Saunders Trade and Technical High School on October 15th, 2023, at 3:00 pm for an unforgettable musical journey.