Eastern Festival Orchestra with Gerard Schwarz, Music Director and Sir James Galway, flute
The Eastern Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, returns to the festival for an evening of incomparable music featuring soloists Sir James Galway, flute and Shane Rathburn, alto saxophone. The program for July 6 is as follows:
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 314
Sir James Galway, flute
Concertino Da Camera for alto saxophone and orchestra
Shane Rathburn, alto saxophone
Symphony No. 8 in G Major, OP. 88, B. 163
About Sir James Galway
Originating from Belfast, Northern Ireland, James Galway inherited his woodwind talent from his grandfather. Progressing from mouth organ and penny whistle, Galway's victories in all three classes of the Irish Flute Championships at the age of 10 led to a place in the Belfast Youth Orchestra and his first BBC broadcasts. Training at London’s Guildhall School of Music and the Paris Conservatoire provided Galway with the knowledge and skills necessary to eventually become principal flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Now, an award-winning solo flautist, Galway performs an average of 120 concerts per year and plays everything from Mozart and Vivaldi to John Denver and 70s pop to packed houses worldwide.
About Shane Rathburn
Winner of the 2013 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging artists, Shane Rathburn is from Burnsville, N.C. Receiving his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Rathburn has found success as an advocate for new music. Since making his orchestral solo debut in 2011, he has performed concertos with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, Toe River Chamber Orchestra and Mountain Heritage Symphonic Band. In addition to his successes as a soloist, he has recently placed 3rd in the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Quartet Competition with the Aidai Saxophone Quartet and won the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Concerto Competition. Rathburn is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at Indiana University Bloomington.