Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Don Quixote”

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Location Amphitheater

$45–55, Preferred seating available, gate pass or event ticket required

$45 General Admission
(Included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)
$55 Preferred 2
($10 for those who already have a gate pass for the day)

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Jolyon Pegis, cello


Sergei Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead, op. 29
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote: Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, op. 35

This concert will be performed without an intermission.

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his fifth season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra following two seasons of enthusiastic acclaim. He is also the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.

Mr. Milanov has previously appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC, Baltimore, Mexico, Indianapolis, New Jersey, North Carolina, Seattle, Oregon, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. His recent season highlights include Tchaikovsky’s critically acclaimed Alexei Ratmansky revival of Swan Lake in Paris with La Scala Ballet and in Zurich with the Zurich Opera, appearances with the Toronto, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg, and National Symphony Orchestras, and his Link Up education projects at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. 

Mr. Milanov has had the privilege to collaborate with some of the world’s finest artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, and André Watts. During his eleven-year tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov served as Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  

Mr. Milanov studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. In addition to his musical achievements, Mr. Milanov is a passionate chef and frequently dedicates his culinary talents to various charities.

 Jolyon Pegis, cello

Jolyon Pegis, cellist, was born in Rochester, NY. He attended Indiana University and the Hartt School of Music. His principal teachers include Alan Harris, Gary Hoffman, and David Wells. Mr. Pegis is a winner of the Artists International Awards in New York City. He has appeared as soloist with the Virginia Symphony, Maui Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony among others. He gave his formal recital debut in New York at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1990 and has since appeared as a recitalist across the country. As a champion of new music he has commissioned and premiered several works and has worked with composers such as Gunther Schuller, Lukas Foss, and Don Freund. Jolyon was a member of the contemporary ensemble Voices of Change from 2004-2010. A dedicated teacher, he has served on the faculties of Southern Methodist University, the Hartt School of Music, and the D’Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College. Recent master classes include Baylor University, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Georgia, SUNY Fredonia, the University of Toronto, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music. He was a member of the Arcadia Trio in residence at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and has also been featured at the Anchorage Festival of the Arts and the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in Buffalo. He was the Principal Cellist of the San Antonio Symphony from 1995-2000. Currently, Jolyon is an Associate Principal Cellist of the Dallas Symphony and the Principal Cellist of the Chautauqua Symphony.