Symphonic Masterworks at MU’s Winter Center

Symphonic Masterworks at MU’s Winter Center

— information provided by the Ware Center

The Millersville University Orchestra conducted by Orchestra Director Vera Volchansky, will present Symphony No. 7 by Finnish composer Jan Sibelius on Friday, April 29, 2016 at The Winter Center. The concert will feature violinist, photographer and pilot Jassen Todorov. The Winter Center is located at 60 W. Cottage Avenue, on the Millersville University Campus.

Symphony No. 7 is a unique one-movement, through-composed symphony of 25 minutes that will be accompanied by a photo presentation of Northern landscapes shot by Jassen on some of his flights.  On violin, Jassen will perform an energetic and impulsiveViolin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn.

Jassen Todorov has distinguished himself as one of the most prominent violinists of his generation. Dubbed “an outstanding violinist…a player to watch” by the British music journal The Strad, Mr. Todorov has given numerous performances throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He is also an active performer in his native Bulgaria, where he is considered one of the country’s most prized musicians.

With a repertoire including works from all styles and epochs, Mr. Todorov has recorded the complete sonatas of Bach, Brahms and Ysaye, as well as Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6 and 10. The Strad described him as “a violinist of rare technical ability…he brings musicality to his performances…his left hand is able to deliver Ysaye’s demands in the many mercurial passages with commendable accuracy” and the American Record Guide portrayed it as “high praise…an important release for admirers of Ysaye’s music.”

Mr. Todorov began his musical education in Bulgaria and furthered his studies at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, California. A top prize-winner of several national and international competitions, he earned his bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Harid Conservatory, Florida, and his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, New York. From 2000 to 2003, he served as the teaching assistant to Professor Oleh Krysa at the Eastman School and held a violin position at the University of Rochester. Mr. Todorov is the recipient of full scholarships and prestigious awards including the Eastman award for excellence in teaching (2002) and the Crystal Lyre for achievements in music (2006). From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Todorov served as the Director of the School of Music and Dance a San Francisco State University. Currently, Mr. Todorov is a Professor of Violin at San Francisco State University and Visiting Professor at Xinjiang Arts University, Xinjiang Normal University and Qimingxing School of Music, China. Mr. Todorov plays a 1778 Tomaso Eberle violin. Mr. Todorov an avid pilot and photographer. He holds a Commercial Pilot’s License and Flight Instructor Certificate.

Vera Volchansky, described as a conductor of “impeccable taste…whose artistic ability transforms a performance into a meaningful event,” serves as Orchestra Director with the Millersville University Orchestra.  Ms. Volchansky has worked with orchestras and various instrumental and choral ensembles in Russia, Eastern Europe and the United States.  In 2013 her performance of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale was featured on LCTV 66, and she most recently served as Music Director of Lancaster County Youth Symphony and appeared as a guest conductor in Kazakhstan with Karaganda Symphony Orchestra.  Her appearances also include the Wednesday’s Club Youth Orchestra in Harrisburg, Parnu City Orchestra in Estonia, Congress Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, KU Symphony Orchestra and Constanta Opera in Romania.

Ms. Volchansky is a 2013 The American Prize finalist in Conducting, and holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School.  She was named a Conducting Fellow with the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, working with David Zinman in 2007.  A winner of the Fulbright Award, in 2008 she traveled to St. Petersburg to explore music of the lesser-known twentieth century Russian composers as well as the style of conducting of the St. Petersburg school as developed by Ilya Musin.  While there, she studied conducting with Maestro Peter Gribanov, a Grand Prix winner of the All-Russia Conductors’ Competition, and also pursued her interest studying the psychology of conducting based on theories of a scientist and conductor Gyorgy Erzhemsky.

In May 2013 she performed a sold-out concert with a Grammy-Winning organist Paul Jacobs – a concert featuring the newly-installed Reuter Organ at Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center.  As a conductor she collaborated with Igor Yuzefovich, Netanel Draiblate, Awadagin Pratt, Ioannis Potamousis, Zuill Bailey, Robert Spring, Rodney Mack and Eleni Calenos, among others.  Also as a conductor she had recorded promotional audio for Wingert-Jones Publications (J.W. Pepper).  Ms. Volchansky has served in the jury for Senior Instrumental Competition in Lancaster, Louis Vyner Competition and Susquehanna University Concerto and Aria Competition.  Maintaining an active schedule as a conductor as well as a violinist, Ms. Volchansky will perform several chamber concerts in 2015-2016, will lead four staged performances of Lucia di Lammermoor with Vocal Productions in NYC and will be featured on the Podcast “Moving Forward.”  She most recently performed in a chamber recital with cellist Emilio Colon and had performed Bach’s Double Concerto with her father, with whom she began studying violin at the age of six in Volgograd, Russia.  Ms. Volchansky resides in Lancaster, Pa., and is a citizen of the United States.


Student tickets are FREE with proof of valid ID
General Admission tickets are $10