Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "Paths to Freedom: 'Sanctuary Road' and 'Porgy and Bess'" (Into the Music)

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Location Amphitheater

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

General Admission • $45
(Festival seating and standing room; included with a valid Chautauqua Institution gate pass)

Preferred • $55
(Assigned seats on floor; $10 add-on for those with a valid gate pass)


Pre-sale: $10
After 4 p.m. day of show: $15

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Rossen Milanov, conductor
Laquita Mitchell, soprano
Melody Wilson, mezzo-soprano
Noah Stewart, tenor
Malcolm J. Merriweather, baritone
Brian Major, baritone
Ronald Jenkins, chorus director
Columbus Symphony Chorus

Paul Moravec/Mark Campbell: Sanctuary Road
George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs (40')

“Paths to Freedom” is a concert that links aspects of American history and culture to the present day through music. Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s Sanctuary Road is based on a book by 19th-century civil rights leader William Still who would become known as the “Father of the Underground Railroad.” Helping many hundreds of slaves escape to freedom, Still’s careful recordkeeping was also essential in reuniting family members who had become separated under slavery. At Sanctuary Road’s world premiere performance in 2018, the New York Classical Review praised the work as “…an oratorio in the full quasi-operatic sense, rich in character, action, and vocal display.”

This performance is made possible in part by the underwriting support provided by Jane A. Gross.

Rossen Milanov, conductor

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. 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.