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Cellist Bonnie Thron and Guest Conductor Grzegorz Nowak

Posted: May 07, 2004
A concert featuring cellist Bonnie Thron and guest conductor Grzegorz Nowak is a highlight of two different North Carolina Symphony Series in May. The two perform with the orchestra on the Durham Series on May 13 in the Carolina Theatre at 8pm and on the Sunday Matinee Masterworks Series on May 16 at 3pm in Meymandi Concert Hall at Raleigh’s BTI Center for the Performing Arts.

Known for her vivacious and spirited playing, Symphony audiences always consider it a special occasion when they can hear Bonnie Thron in a soloist role. “Bonnie is in possession of jaw-dropping yet graceful technique,” says Symphony General Manager and Vice-President for Artistic Operations Scott Freck. “But what makes her performances so special is the contagious enthusiasm she brings to the music. She has a way of communicating such joy to the audience through her playing."

For these two concerts, Ms. Thron will join the orchestra for Haydn’s lively and lyrical Cello Concerto in D Major. The program also includes Respighi’s pleasing Trittico Botticelliano, a work based on a Triptych by Italian Renaissance painter Botticelli, and Mendelssohn’s best known, best-loved Symphony No. 4 in A Major, the “Italian.”

Bonnie Thron became the North Carolina Symphony’s principal cellist in the fall of 2000 and quickly gained the respect of both audiences and her fellow musicians for her superb musicianship. Thron was a member of the Peabody Trio from 1987 to 199. She performs actively as a member of the Thron-Mahonske Duo, in addition to concertizing with many other chamber ensembles as her schedule permits. She has joined the Apple Hill Chamber Players many times as a guest artist and frequently returns to the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in the summer to teach and perform with her husband Fred Jacobowitz, a clarinetist. Ms. Thron has performed concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, The Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and various other orchestras in her home state of New Hampshire. She received Bachelors and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Norman Fischer, Harvey Shapiro and Elsa Hilger.

Grzegorz Nowak is currently Music Director of the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern in Germany, Canadian Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Helvetica, Swiss Festival “Musique & Amitié,” Metamorphosis Concert Foundation and the Vancouver Chopin Society. Nowak completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music and honed his skills at Tanglewood where he worked with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Igor Markevitch and Erich Leinsdorf. He was assistant to Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic in 1992. Maestro Nowak appears with leading orchestras around the world, including the London Symphony, Montreal Symphony, l’Orchestre National de France, Sinfonia Varsovia, and has served as Music Director of the National Opera in Warsaw and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.


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