Grammy Award winner and pop-jazz powerhouse Chris Botti brings his trumpet and his acclaimed band to Benaroya Hall. After early stints with Sting and Paul Simon, Botti has carved out an envious career of his own performing a mixture of familiar ballads, jazz and American songbook standards.
Lawrence Loh is the newly appointed inaugural Music Director of Symphoria, founded by former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the position of Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In 2015, he concluded a decade-long association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, promoted from Assistant to Associate and later, Resident Conductor. While in Pittsburgh, Lawrence Loh was also the Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Loh held the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Opera.
Since his appointment as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has made its mark as an ensemble of superb musicianship, performing electrifying concerts year-round. Off the podium, Loh is very active in the region as an arts leader and music advocate. He created a very successful Apprentice Conductor Program in 2012, designed to help identify and train the next generation of young conductors.
During his post with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Loh worked closely with Music Director Manfred Honeck and conducted a wide range of concerts including classical, educational and pops. He accompanied the PSO on numerous domestic and international tours and was active in the PSO’s Community Engagement Concerts, extending the PSO’s reach into neighboring communities. He led the groundbreaking Sensory Friendly concert in 2015, one of the first of its kind. Loh made his debut on the main classical series conducting Handel’s Messiah in December 2008. He worked closely with the PSO composers of the year, including John Corigliano, Mason Bates, Joan Tower, Steven Stucky, Jennifer Higdon and Christopher Theofanidis. For many years, Loh led the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series, playing the part of script writer, host and conductor. He was awarded the Pittsburgh Symphony's Paul Ross Award for Excellence in Education and Community Engagement in 2015. Upon ending his tenure with the PSO, Loh was immediately reengaged for two weeks in both the 2015-16 and 2016-2017 seasons.
Chris Botti Expresses His Love For Romantic Melodies From Across the World In His New Sony CD, “Impressions.”
Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, trumpeter Chris Botti is joined by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster and Caroline Campbell in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.
Impressions, trumpeter Chris Botti’s new Sony CD, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums -- starting with 2004’s When I Fall In Love and continuing with To Love Again, Italia and the CD/DVD Chris Botti In Boston -- that have firmly established him as the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist. Add to that a cluster of Grammy nominations and three #1 albums on Billboard’s Jazz Albums listings.
As Botti began his planning for the new album, he was determined to do some “familiar songs” for Impressions, songs that reached back to his fascination with the melody and balladry that have been essential to his music since he first picked up a trumpet.
Songs such as “What A Wonderful World,’ “Summertime” and “Over the Rainbow” certainly fulfill that desire. But the album’s far-ranging program also encompasses many other areas, deeply influenced by conversations Botti had with fans during the busy, world-wide touring that keeps him on the road as much as 300 days a year.
“People kept mentioning Chris Botti In Boston,” he recalls. “They loved the music in that program. But they talked a lot about the variety among the performers, too – Yo Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Sting, John Mayer, Josh Groban.”