Concert: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends – “New Worlds” An evening of music, poetry and prose
Friday: 7:30 PM – March 2, 2018, Mizner Park Amphitheater
Bill Murray was born in 1950 and grew up in Wilmette, a village just outside Chicago. After giving up his medical studies, he dedicated himself to his second passion, acting. Having gathered experience on the radio show The National Lampoon Radio Hour, he became a fixture among the authors and performers of the legendary TV show Saturday Night Live, for which he won an Emmy Award. Growing popularity brought his first film roles. He worked closely with the director Ivan Reitman, whose 1984 comedy Ghostbusters propelled him into the first rank of Hollywood actors. This was followed by movies such as Tootsie, Ghostbusters II, and Groundhog Day. After a brief period of stagnation in the mid-1990s, he managed a comeback in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore in 1999, which brought him seven awards. Starting with the role of the aging actor in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar, he has increasingly established himself as a character actor.
Jan Vogler is one of today’s most renowned cello soloists, praised for his “soulful, richly hued playing” (New York Times) and his “spiraling virtuosity” (Gramophone Magazine). Vogler frequently performs with leading international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic; Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestras; Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; and Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia. He regularly collaborates with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Sir Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck and Kent Nagano. Vogler has been Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival near Dresden since 2001 and Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival since 2008. In 2006, he was honored with the European Award for Culture and in 2011, with the Erich-Kästner Award for tolerance, humanity, and international understanding. A prolific and multi-award-winning recording artist, Vogler records exclusively for Sony Classical. For his recording of Bach’s Six Suites for solo cello, Vogler was awarded his third ECHO Klassik award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year 2014.” Vogler plays the 1707 Stradivari “Ex Castelbarco/Fau” cello.
A native of China, violinist Mira Wang studied with Roman Totenberg at Boston University, from which she graduated with distinction and the prestigious Kahn Award for outstanding musicians. Other prizes received by Wang include the First Prize of the International Violin Competition in Geneva and the First Prize of the International Violin Competition in New Zealand. Wang has appeared with numerous orchestras worldwide, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Singapore Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Chamber music festivals at which she has performed include the Marlboro Festival, Kuhmo Festival, MDR Music Summer, and Les Museiques in Basel. She is a regular guest at the Moritzburg Festival, where she has also directed the Moritzburg Academy for Young Musicians since 2014. Since 2005, she has been the artistic director of the exclusive chamber series Modelroom Musicales at the New York Yacht Club. Berlin Classics has released several CDs featuring Wang, such as the Violin Concerti by Saint-Saëns with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and Prokofiev with the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken. Wang has also appeared on recordings for Sony Classical, including Tango! and Moritzburg Festival’s Mozart volumes, one of which won a 2006 Echo Klassik award.
Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez began her studies in Caracas, Venezuela at age seven at the Colegio Emil Friedman. She has degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London and Yale University, and her teachers included Peter Frankl, Christopher Elton, Lazar Berman, and Ena Bronstein. Recent performance highlights have included appearances at the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan, Chopin Festival in Spain, and Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. She has performed at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Montpellier Festival in France, Konzerthaus and Beethoven-Haus in Germany, Wigmore Hall in England, Gothic Hall in Belgium, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She has been featured on WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, WGBH Boston, Minnesota Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, NPR‘s “All things Considered,” and American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” She can also be seen in Amazon’s series Mozart in the Jungle. As a solo artist, Perez has recorded for VAI and received high praise for her Telarc recording of works by Chopin, reaching number five on the Billboard charts. Her most recent recording, Spain, was released by Steinway & Sons. Perez is a Steinway Artist.