Sarasota Orchestra Presents DVOŘÁK & MAHLER

November 10, 2017

Friday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel

November 11, 2017

Saturday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel

November 12, 2017

Sunday | 2:30 pm | Van Wezel

Tickets from $33

The first concert of the season launches with two works by the great masters: Dvořák and Mahler. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is the pinnacle of expression for the instrument most like the human voice. Exploring some of the cello’s most expressive and beautiful qualities, Dvořák shows his compositional prowess in this piece performed by Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas. On hearing Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, prepare to forget that time has passed. The symphony begins with a rhythmic motive reminiscent of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. It progresses from tragedy to triumph in the stirring fifth movement.


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The German-born of Spanish parents cellist, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, started his piano studies in Munich, and at the age of 14 he started playing the cello. He also studied in Spain. He graduated from the Reina Sofia School of Music under Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson. He continued violoncello studies with Lluis Claret and participated in master courses with such eminent musicians as Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, David Geringas, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Among his teachers are also Elías Arizcuren, Gary Hoffman, who said “Adolfo is an outstanding young cellist” and Bernard Greenhouse (cellist of the famed Beaux Art Trio for over three decades), who said “Adolfo is a cellist of exceptional ability, both as an instrumentalist and as a superbly gifted musician. I expect that these qualities will bring him a career of great importance.” Adolfo was among selected soloists for the 1999 International Laureates Music Festival and performed solo with I PALPITI Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. In 2002 he was awarded with the Ravel prize as soloist and chamber musician.

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas has performed at major venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Ford Theater in Los Angeles, l’Auditorio and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, etc. He has collaborated with conductors such as Eduard Schmieder, José Ramón Encinar, Friedrich Haider, Enrique Batiz, Antoni Ros Marbà, Anu Tali, Pablo González, Michael Tilson Thomas, Roberto Minczuk and many others.

As a member of the Beethoven String Quartet and the Scarlatti Piano Quartet, sponsored by the Carlos de Amberes Foundation, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas performed throughout Spain. In chamber music, he performed in festivals in Germany, France, and Holland. He was also a member of the Arizcuren String Trio. He has been invited to perform at the most prestigious festivals and halls such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Thy Music Festival in Demark, Palos Verdes Festival in California, Holland Music Sessions, Taos Music Festival in New Mexico, etc. For five years the Young Artist International Organization has been inviting him to participate at the International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles, California. His recital tours in USA have led him to play in New York, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, etc. He has appeared in numerous performances of L.v. Beethoven’s entire works for cello and piano and J.S. Bach’s Six Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1012).

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas is without doubt the most international Spanish cellist right now. In Spain he has recently performed with orchestras such as the Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo Filarmonía, Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, etc. His future engagements include: Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta Nacional de España or the Orquesta de Castilla y León, among others.

In 2010 Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious concert series of Ibermusica playing the Concerto for violoncello and orchestra by Edward Elgar concerto, being reinvited to the cycle, where he performed a recital in 2012 with great success of audience and critics. His future engagements include, among others, his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his Chief Conductor, Charles Dutoit, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Riccardo Chailly and Orquesta Nacional de España with Ton Koopman.

Among his recordings we can highlight a recital program with pieces by Samuel Barber, Sergei Rachmaninov and Piazzolla and the complete cycle of the Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1012) by J.S. Bach, both of them recorded for Verso label.


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