Each season, select world-class guest artists performing with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra are invited to present master classes for the benefit of area music students. These events are open to the public, FREE of charge. They provide the rare opportunity for students to work with masters of the musical craft, and for observers to enjoy high-quality student performances and ‘open lessons’ with the artists. They are highlights of our concert season, and we’d love to have you join us for the experience!

Presented in memory of
Harry E. and Mabry B. Miller

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Emilio Colón, cello

4:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC

A true Renaissance man of classical music, cellist Emilio Colón is not only an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, but also a composer, conductor, educator, and administrator of immense gifts. He is one of the youngest faculty members ever appointed to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and has offered courses at the Paris Conservatoire, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Toho Gakuen in Tokyo. He has served as jurist and guest performer for the Pablo Casals International Cello Competition and is a co-founder of the Round Top Festival in Texas. A native of Puerto Rico, Emilio is founder of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico and President of the American Cello Institute. He plays a cello by Amati, anno 1700.

Emilio Colón returns to Huntsville to perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with violinist Yevgeny Kutik, pianist Katherine Chi, and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra led by Gregory Vajda on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center.

Friday, January 21, 2021

Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

2:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC

Lauded by the Chicago Tribune for his “prodigious technique, unaffected warmth, and patrician style,” pianist Jorge Federico Osorio is recipient of the Medalla Bellas Artes, the highest honor granted by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts. He has performed as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Seattle; the Israel, Warsaw, and Royal Philharmonics; the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Nationale de France, and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Recent recital engagements include performances in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Aix-en-Provence, the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), and Rio de Janeiro. His recordings can be heard on the Artek, ASV, CBS, EMI, IMP, and Naxos labels. A native of Mexico, Osorio resides in the Chicago area and serves on the faculty of the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Mr. Osorio returns to Huntsville in a performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini led by Gregory Vajda on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Christopher ColettiChristopher Coletti, trumpet

4:00 p.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall, VBC

Best known for his work with the Canadian Brass (2009-19), Christopher Colleti has been Principal Trumpet of the HSO since 2008 and is currently Assistant Professor at Ithaca College School of Music, New York. Comfortable in many musical styles, he has collaborated with a broad spectrum of musicians ranging from the Metropolitan Opera Brass, New York Philharmonic Principal Brass, Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Ricardo Muti to Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. Chris also performs on the Baroque Trumpet with various early music ensembles in and around New York. Chris regularly performs with NOVUS NY, the all-star contemporary music orchestra of Trinity Church Wall Street in Manhattan. With Canadian Brass, he has performed hundreds of concerts in the finest concert halls in the world, countless live TV appearances and radio broadcasts, and has regularly appeared in front of major symphony orchestras. He can be heard on nine Canadian Brass recordings, most of which feature his original arrangements, and countless other recordings and music videos with world-class artists. His students have been accepted into top music programs including the Manhattan School of Music and the Tanglewood Institute.

Mr. Coletti will perform HK Gruber’s Aerial, a concerto for trumpet and orchestra, led by Gregory Vajda on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall of the Von Braun Center.



If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact the Director of Education, Sharon Hicks, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 256-539-4818.