Recital with Ransom Wilson, flute

Recital with Ransom Wilson, flute

Rotunda Hall,

Valdosta State University

Edward Neeman, harpsichord

Ransom Wilson

Ransom Wilson has long been recognized internationally as one of the greatest flutists of his generation.  After graduation from the Juilliard School in 1973, he spent a year in Paris as a private student of Jean-Pierre Rampal.  In 1976 he gave his official debut concert in New York City, with Rampal as his guest artist.   An exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI followed soon thereafter, along with extensive performances all over the world.

As flute soloist, he has appeared in concert with some of the greatest orchestras and artists of our time, including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony, Frederica von Stade, Jessye Norman, Thomas Hampson, Susan Graham, Dolora Zajick, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Hilary Hahn, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Sir James Galway, Barry Douglas, Peter Frankl, Robin Sutherland, and many others.

Ransom Wilson is turning increasingly to a career in orchestral and operatic conducting. He founded Solisti New York orchestra in 1981, with which he appeared as conductor in hundreds of concerts and recordings. More recently he has conducted two productions at the New York City Opera. Since 2006 he has been a member of the musical staff at the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, he is artistic director and conductor of the ensemble Le Train Bleu, which received rave reviews for its debut performance at New York City’s Galapagos Art Space.

He has appeared as guest conductor with England’s London Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra, the Hermitage State Orchestra in Russia, the Cracow Philharmonic (Poland), KBS Symphony (South Korea), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Denver Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (with Sir James Galway), San Francisco Chamber Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey Symphony, Budapest Strings, Hartford Symphony, and Berkeley Symphony.

In addition to his current work at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, Wilson has conducted numerous productions with the opera companies of Glimmerglass, Minnesota, and Portland.  In 2004 he conducted the U.S. premiere of Gounod’s comic opera Le médecin malgré lui (with recitatives by Erik Satie) at Yale University. Internationally, he has conducted operas at the Festival La Quincena in Spain, and the International Opera Center in Amsterdam.

Ransom Wilson hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Professor of Flute at Yale University, Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and Artistic Director of  Le Train Bleu ensemble.

Recital - Old First Concerts, San Francisco

Recital - Old First Concerts, San Francisco

Old First Church (map)

Solo recital

Invocations are the theme in this darkly passionate recital by Edward Neeman. Jan Ladislav Dussek’s wrote his final sonata, subtitled “L’invocation,” the year before his death in 1812. As Dussek faded into irredeemable alcoholism, he penned this sonata which veers between raging invective and penitent prayer.  This recital will also include the West Coast premiere of Australian composer Larry Sitsky’s Piano Sonata No. 1, “Retirer d’en bas de l’eau,” based on the Voodoo ritual of the dead that invokes invisible spirits. Composed in 2009, this sonata is part of a series of improvisatory pieces that saw the 75-year-old Sitsky re-invent his compositional style through his piano music. The recital concludes on a cheerier note with Paul Schoenfield’s Peccadilloes, a collection of six tongue-in-cheek offenses against the specter of “good taste.”


Solo program

Sonata in F minor, Op. 77, “L’invocation” — Jan Ladislav Dussek

Piano Sonata No. 1, “Retirer d’en bas de l’eau” — Larry Sitsky

Peccadilloes — Paul Schoenfield