WELCOME BACK, GARY WEDOW!
SATURDAY | APRIL 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM | CIVIC AUDITORIUM
Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, festivals, and choral organizations throughout North America. Opera News has hailed him for his “hot music making” and “convincingly elegant period style.” His debut with the New York Philharmonic conducting Messiah was noted in the New York Times for ‘a fleet, lithe orchestral performance, aptly complemented by the buoyant singing of the chorus.’ Maestro Wedow’s original engagements during the COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season begin with returns to Opera Philadelphia for Semele and Seattle Opera for Lac cenerentola,and then makes his house debut with Opera Omaha conducting The Abduction from the Seraglio. He also returns to Utah Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia and Boston Lyric Opera for Giulio Cesare. In the summer of 2020 he joins Des Moines Metro Opera for Rameau’s Platée. The Maestro’s busy 2018-2019 season included a return engagement with Pittsburgh Opera for Don Pasquale, as well as La Calisto at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Giulio Cesare for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the latter for the American Handel Society’s Festival and Conference. His 2017-2018 season was notable for debuts with the Nashville Symphony for Messiah, Lembit Beecher’s War Stories for Opera Philadelphia and L’incoronazione di Poppea starring Anthony Roth Costanzo for Cincinnati Opera. He was also in Madison for a concert appearance with Madison Opera, the Manhattan School of Music conducting La Cenerentola, Lucia di Lammermoor for The Jacobs School of Music and Die Fledermaus for Utah Opera.
Born in LaPorte, Indiana and now a resident of New York City, he has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1994 where he has led performances of L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Ariodante and Don Giovanni. Of particular note was the tour of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Juilliard 415 Historical Performance Ensemble that culminated at Alice Tully Hall ‘in a performance that caught fire and magic’ according to the New York Times. His continued championship of young musicians and singers is further exemplified by projects at The Teatro Colón, Wolf Trap Opera, the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. A musical scholar as well as conductor, he has prepared several performing editions of baroque works in collaboration with gambist Lawrence Lipnik. Mr. Wedow studied piano with virtuoso Jorge Bolet at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and received his Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory.