Members of the UW Chamber Orchestra perform works by Mozart and Haydn, joined by guest oboist Kristin Olson.
Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314
Kristin Olson, oboe
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in G Minor, “The Hen”
Putting great works of music into historical context is oboist Kristin Olson's passion. Specializing on baroque and classical period instruments gives her a unique perspective when studying and performing pieces such as classical and baroque concertos and sonatas. She has performed under the baton of notable early music conductors such as William Christie, Richard Egarr, Phillipe Herreweghe, Nicholas McGegan, Ton Koopman, and Jordi Savall.
Olson performs regularly with ensembles throughout the United States. Some highlights from the 2013-14 season will include the Marcello Concerto with the Boulder Bach Festival as well as prominent roles with the Yale Schola Cantorum, Cambrdige Concentus, Juilliard 415, the Pacific Bach Project, and others. Along with Nate Helgeson, baroque bassoon,
Olson recently formed the baroque chamber group Sacro Profano, (www.sacroprofano.org) based out of Seattle. She is also principal oboe and on the artistic board of a new period wind ensemble based in the Boston area, Grand Harmonie (www.grandharmonie.weebly.com), specializing in classical and early romantic repertoire.
David Alexander Rahbee
David Alexander Rahbee, director of orchestral activities at the University of Washington, is a native of Boston. He studied conducting at the New England Conservatory, Université de Montréal, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and at the Pierre Monteux School. He also studied violin and composition at Indiana University. He further refined his artistic training by participating in master-classes with Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Jorma Panula, Zdeněk Mácal, Peter Eötvös, Zoltán Peskó, Helmut Rilling and Otto-Werner Mueller.
He was awarded the American-Austrian Foundation "Herbert von Karajan Fellowship" for young conductors in Salzburg (2003), as well as fellowships from International "Richard-Wagner-Verband-Stipend" in Bayreuth, Germany (2005), the Acanthes Centre in Paris (2007) and the Atlantic Music Festival in the USA (2010).
At the Salzburg Festival in 2003 he was assistant conductor of the International Attergau Institute Orchestra, where he also worked artistically with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductors including Bobby McFerrin.
He has appeared in concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Dresden Hochschule Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Loja (Ecuador), the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, "Cool Opera" of Norway (members of the Stavanger Symphony), the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Schönbrunner Schloss Orchestra (Vienna), the Gächinger Kantorei, the Bach-Kollegium Stuttgart, the Kammerphilharmonie Berlin-Brandenburg and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan.
In the genre of contemporary musical theatre, Rahbee lead a fully staged production of Bruno Maderna's chamber opera Satyricon with the Divertimento Ensemble. He also lead this ensemble in the Italian premiere of Helmut Lachenmann's Mouvement – vor der Erstarrung.
The first of his several ground-breaking articles on Gustav Mahler, “Gustave Charpentier’s Louise and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony” appears in the spring 2013 edition of the music journal Sonus.
His arrangement of the Overture to Rossini's Barber of Seville for trombone quartet has been recorded and released on CD by Summit Music, played by the quartet known as Four of a Kind, four of the world’s greatest trombonists. This arrangement, along with many others, is published by Warwick Music, England.