Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: “Mahler 4”

Thursday, August 15, 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
Inbal Segev, cello
Rebekah Howell, soprano


Anna Clyne: DANCE for cello and orchestra
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major 

Anna Clyne

London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer described as "dazzlingly inventive" by Time Out New York and as a "composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods" by the New York Times. Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide. Her new Cello Concerto is written specifically for soloist Inbal Segev, and was co-commissioned by top orchestras including the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Festival.

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.

Inbal Segev, cello

Cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style” and with “luscious phrasing” by The Strad; “first class,” and “richly inspired,” by Gramophone; and with “rich tone and supple technique” by TheBaltimore Sun. Equally committed to new repertoire and masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music she performs. 

Inbal Segev has performed as soloist with top orchestras around the world including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Bangor Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, San Juan Symphony in Colorado, Arkansas Symphony, Mobile Symphony, California Symphony, Castleton Festival Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Festival Amadeus Orchestra, Bogotá Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Bangkok Symphony, Haifa, and Be’er Sheva Symphonies in Israel, and more.. She made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at age 17.

Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. Recent concerto premieres include Timo Andres’ Upstate Obscura with Metropolis Ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 2018); Dan Visconti’s Tangle Eye with the California Symphony (May 2017); and new cello concertos by Avner Dorman and Lucas Richman. In February 2018 with the Albany Symphony, Segev was the first cellist to perform Christopher Rouse’s Violoncello Concerto since Yo-Yo Ma premiered it in the 1990s. She has also performed jazz composer David Baker’s cello concerto in New York, the U.S. premiere of English composer Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Cello Concerto in D Major, and was the first cellist to perform Henri Dutilleux’s challenging Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello at Carnegie Hall.  She commissioned and premiered Gity Razaz’s Legend of Sigh for cello and electronics at National Sawdust in Brooklyn and has co-curated the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival with Marin Alsop since its inception in 2017.

Inbal Segev is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has collaborated with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Jeremy Denk, Juho Pohjonen, Anthony McGill, Jason Vieaux, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, Anne Akiko Meyers, the American Chamber Players, and the Vogler Quartet. Festival appearances include the Banff, Ravinia, Bowdoin, Olympic, Cape & Islands, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music festivals in North America; the Siena, Rolandseck, and Montpellier festivals in Europe; and the Jerusalem Music Center and Upper Galilee festivals in Israel.

Segev’s discography includes works by Grieg, Chopin, and Schumann with pianist Juho Pohjonen (AVIE); Lucas Richman’s Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Albany); Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One); Nigun (Vox); and Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello and Horn (Opus One). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded serenades by Dohnányi (Navona).

Segev released her recording of the complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach in fall 2015 on the Vox label, to critical acclaim and a spot on The New York Times Classical Playlist. Audiences have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the making of Segev’s album through a companion documentary film about her journey through the music of Bach. She has performed Bach’s Cello Suites in venues around the world including Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Henry Crown Hall in the Jerusalem Theatre.

Inbal Segev's YouTube channel features music videos and her popular masterclass series, Musings with Inbal Segev, which has thousands of subscribers across continents and close to one million views. The masterclass videos cover core cello repertoire, previews of new works, and many aspects of cello technique.

Inbal Segev’s many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo, and Washington International Competitions. She began playing the cello in Israel at age five and at 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. Inbal Segev lives in New York City with her husband and three children. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.

Rebekah Howell, soprano

Praised for her bell-like and crisp tone, soprano Rebekah Howell is making her mark as a versatile stage animal with “plenty of high notes” (The Herald Times). In the 2018–19 season, Howell will be a frequent performer in Denver as a Resident Artist with Opera Colorado, appearing in mainstage productions as Annina and Violetta (study cover and scenes) in La traviata, Girl in Tom Cipullo’s After Life, and Barbarina and Susanna (cover and student matinee performance) in Le nozze di Figaro. She will also make role debuts as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in Opera Colorado’s touring productions.

In summer 2018, Howell returned to Chautauqua Opera to debut two roles under the baton of Maestro Steven Osgood. First, as Zerlina in Ned Canty’s production of Don Giovanni, she “captured the mix of innocence and vacillation that characterizes Zerlina” (The Chautauquan Daily). Later in the summer season, she also captivated audiences as Cunegonde in Jay Lesenger’s production of Candide. Guest critic Tom Di Nardo gave her high praise, especially for her interpretation of “Glitter and be gay”: “You won’t ever hear it sung better than in Howell’s rendition” (The Chautauquan Daily). Howell was also featured in the Opera Highlights Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, where she received a standing ovation for her rendition of “Les oiseaux dans la charmille” from Les contes d’Hoffmann. A lover of musical theater repertoire, she was also delighted to perform selections from 1776, Fiddler on the Roof, and West Side Story in the Opera Pops Concert with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Stuart Chafetz.

During the 2017–18 season, Howell made her role and company debut as the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Opéra Louisiane. She also returned to Baton Rouge as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Timothy Muffitt. In summer 2017, Howell was prominently featured at Chautauqua Opera, where she performed the world premiere of composer-in-residence Gity Razaz’s setting of the Edward Lear poem “The Broom, the Shovel, the Poker and the Tongs.” She also covered and performed scenes as Norina in Don Pasquale, and she sang Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann in the Studio Scenes Program. At the end of the season, she was awarded the Jay Lesenger Award, which included an invitation to automatically return to work with the company during its 2018 summer season.

Devoted to sharing her love of performance and helping aspiring singers, Howell has been a private voice teacher for the past seven years. She has taught primarily in Houston and Waco, TX, and she was also an Associate Instructor of Voice while completing her Master of Music at Indiana University. When she is not on the stage, Howell can usually be found with her family in her hometown, Houston, TX, shamelessly doting on her niece and nephew.