Cello Fireworks and Appalachian Spring

Concert Information

Performance dates
Nadège Foofat, conductor
Stéphane Tétreault, cello
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Samuel Barber: Cello Concerto
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (Suite)

Barber’s Cello Concerto is a fierce, theatrical showpiece, and one of the most demanding cello concertos ever written. Hear Symphony Nova Scotia perform this spectacular concerto with Canada’s own Stéphane Tétreault, a 24-year-old “name to watch” with “pure, lyrical, unadulterated playing of the highest order” (Gramophone). Then, be moved by Barber’s heart-wrenching Adagio for Strings, famed the world over from film scores, remixes, and solemn state funerals. And finally, enjoy Copland’s rich, radiant Appalachian Spring, “one of the most inspiring and symbolic works of the century” (NPR).

About the Artists

Nadège Foofat, conductor

Nadège Foofat is a conductor, violinist, violist, and advocate for innovation in thought, action, music, and culture.

In April of 2018, Nadège made her conducting debut with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as one of six conductors selected from nearly 150 applicants for the 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, chosen on their “experience, talent, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras” by the League of American Orchestras. During the 2018/19 season, she will make her debuts with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2017/18 season, Nadège served as Assistant Conductor to Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. In this role, she assisted on productions of Wozzeck, Lulu, Walküre, Madama Butterfly, Zauberflöte, and Stilles Meer, new productions of Fidelio and Parsifal, as well as for symphonic concerts at the Elbphilharmonie with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, including performances with Hamburg’s St. Michaelis Choir, and the International Musikfest Hamburg.

In 2014, the Naxos recording of Milhaud’s L’Orestie d’Eschyle, on which she served as Associate Conductor, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award (Best Opera Recording). From 2009 to 2014, Nadège was Music Director of the Esopus Chamber Orchestra, a 25-member, award-winning professional chamber orchestra based in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Nadège’s accomplishments include a Doctor of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Université de Montréal, a Diplôme de Perfectionnement in Contemporary Orchestral Conducting from the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, a Master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School in Viola Performance.

Nadège has led violin and viola concertos from the instrument, performed on baroque viola, played in a Piazzola tango group, and improvised in a jazz-raga trio. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, the Banff Centre, and MoMA summer music festivals.

Born in Canada, Nadège is also a citizen of the United Kingdom and United States.

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