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Slee Sinfonietta to perform Schoenberg arrangements of Mahler, Debussy works

Robert Trevino burst into the international spotlight at the Bolshoi Theater in December 2013, when he substituted for Vasily Sinaisky in a new production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo.”

By PHILIP E. REHARD

Published April 6, 2017

The Slee Sinfonietta, under the baton of guest conductor Robert Trevino, will perform a program of rarely performed arrangements by composer Arnold Schoenberg of works by Mahler and Debussy in a concert on April 11.

The concert, presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus.

The program will feature Schoenberg transcriptions for chamber orchestra of orchestral works by Mahler — “Das Lied von der Erde” — and Debussy — “Afternoon of a Faun.”

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for UB faculty/staff/alumni, seniors and non-UB students. UB students are admitted free with ID. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Center for the Arts box office, online at Tickets.com and one hour before concert time at the Slee Hall box office.

The Slee Sinfonietta is UB’s professional chamber orchestra in residence and the flagship ensemble of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music. It presents a series of concerts each year of challenging new works by contemporary composers and lesser-known works from the chamber orchestra repertoire.

Founded in 1997 by composer and UB faculty member David Felder, and comprised of a core group that includes UB faculty performance artists, visiting artists, national and regional professionals, and advanced performance students, the group is conducted by leading conductors and composers.

For this program, the Sinfonietta is joined by Trevino, a rising international star who was formerly associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony (2011-15) and the New York City opera at Lincoln Center (2009-11).

Trevino has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting American conductors performing today, one of the most in-demand talents of the younger generation.

He burst into the international spotlight at the Bolshoi Theater in December 2013, when he led a new production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” substituting for Vasily Sinaisky. He subsequently was nominated for a Golden Mask award for “Best Conductor in a New Production.”

Appearances with some of the world’s top orchestras swiftly followed.

Most recently, he was named music director of the Basque National Orchestra in 2016.