"A rousing afternoon of music and dance."
– Washington Post
Salute to Vienna Cast
Strauss Symphony of America
Featuring dancers from San Diego Ballet
Alastair Willis (London)
Alastair Willis is Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the New Directions series at the Symphonia in Boca Raton. As a guest conductor, he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble. This season, he returns to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and makes his debut with the Imperial Philharmonic Austria. His recording of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Nashville Symphony was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Album in 2009.
Angelika Brandner (Vienna)
Praised for her “crystalline voice” by Altamusica.com, Micaëla Oeste has circled the globe in concert with Maestro Plácido Domingo, including performances with the philharmonic orchestras of Tokyo and Baden-Baden, the Stockholm Sinfonietta, and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra for the opening of the Royal Opera House of Muscat. On the operatic stage, Ms. Oeste has performed with the Washington National Opera as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Nanetta in Falstaff, the Los Angeles Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo as the title role in Amelia al ballo. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville.
Martin Piskorski (Vienna)
Martin Piskorski gained early musical experience as a violinist and alto soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir. In 2013 and 2014, he was a member of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, where he performed as Herr von Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier in 2015. His stage experience includes roles as the Preacher in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio, Tamino in Magic Flute, and Rinaldo in Armida. Mr. Piskorski made his operatic debut in the United States in 2017 as the title role in Faust, and in 2018 he will return to Teatro alla Scala to perform as Jaquino in Fidelio.