Washburn Symphony Orchestra concert to feature Juilliard conductor; member of WU faculty

Washburn University

TOPEKA– George Stelluto, resident conductor at the Juilliard School, and Larisa Elisha, WU artist in residence, will join the Washburn University Symphony Orchestra for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, on the WU campus. No admission is charged and the public is welcome.

The program will include Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Alexander Borodin and Aria for Violin and Orchestra by Lev Abeliovich.

Resident conductor at the Juilliard School, George Stelluto was the first conductor invited to join the school’s artist diploma program. He serves as music director of the Las Vegas Music Festival and has appeared with the Ukrainian National Orchestra, Transylvania State Philharmonic, Kiev Philharmonic, Wieniawski String Orchestra of Poland and the Nevada Symphony Orchestra. He received the State of Nevada Regents Creativity Award and Julliard’s Bruno Walter Memorial Fellowship. He received two master’s degrees from the Yale School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.

Prior to coming to Washburn, Russian violinist Larisa Elisha distinguished herself as an international soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue, having performed and taught extensively throughout Poland, Belarus, the Ukraine, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland and Holland. She was the concertmaster of the Witold Lutoslawski State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the principal violinist of the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra and director and first violinist of the Wratislavia String Quartet in Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland. Elisha holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music from the Academy of Music in Minsk.

For more information, call 785-670-1511.