SATURDAY – OCTOBER 19, 2019 – 7:30 P.M.
SUNDAY – OCTOBER 20, 2019 – 2:00 P.M.

Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

DONATO CABRERA, Music Director finalist
Mr. Donato’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Jennifer Smith and John Thayer.

HELEN KIM, violin
Ms. Kim’s appearance is made possible by a generous donation from Gail and Jack McCallister.


WAGNER (1813-1883) | Siegfried Idyll 18’

S. ADAMS (b.1985) | Chamber Concerto for Violin 32’

BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) | Symphony No. 7 42’

Donato Cabrera, Music Director finalist

Donato Cabrera is the Music Director of the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and served as the Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2009-2016.

Since Cabrera’s appointment as Music Director of the California Symphony in 2013, the organization has reached new artistic heights by implementing innovative programming that emphasizes welcoming newcomers and loyalists alike, building on its reputation for championing music by living composers, and committing to programming music by women and people of color. With a recently extended contract through the 2022-23 season, Cabrera continues to advise and oversee the Symphony’s music education programs and community engagement activities. Cabrera has also greatly changed the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s concert experience by expanding the scope and breadth of its orchestral concerts. Cabrera has also reenergized the Youth Concert Series by creating an engaging and interactive curriculum-based concert experience. 

In recent seasons, Cabrera has made impressive debuts with the National Symphony’s KC Jukebox at the Kennedy Center, Louisville Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, New West Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. In 2016, he led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances with Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs. Cabrera made his Carnegie Hall debut leading the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Ătash Sorushan with soprano, Jessica Rivera. 

Awards and fellowships include a Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival and conducting the Nashville Symphony in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Donato Cabrera was recognized by the Consulate-General of Mexico in San Francisco as a Luminary of the Friends of Mexico Honorary Committee, for his contributions to promoting and developing the presence of the Mexican community in the Bay Area. 

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Helen Kim, violin

Violinist Helen Kim enjoys a multi-faceted career that has her regularly
performing across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Since her concerto debut
at the age of eight, Kim has given performances at the Kennedy Center,
Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Suntory Hall, and Disney Hall, among others.

In recent seasons, Kim has made concerto appearances with the St. Louis Symphony and Aspen Festival Orchestra under the baton of conductors Nicholas McGegan and Jun Märkl and performed works for solo violin on San Francisco Symphony’s Soundbox series and the Pulitzer Museum.

An eager advocate of contemporary and 20th century music, Kim has performed the works of Pierre Boulez, Morton Feldman, Salvatore Sciarrino, John Adams and James McMillan on notable new music series and festivals. Recent festival appearances include the Innsbrook Institute, Luzerne Music Center, and Missouri River Festival of the Arts.

Since garnering the top prize at the Coleman Competition in 2011 with her
piano trio, Kim has enjoyed opportunities to perform chamber music with
preeminent artists such as violinist Midori Goto and members of the
Juilliard and Tokyo Quartets, and is looking forward to a collaboration
with the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the 19-20 season.

Kim is currently the Associate Principal Second Violin of the SF Symphony
and was recently appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony.

Samuel Adams, Composer

Recently named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, Samuel Adams (b. 1985, San Francisco, CA) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His work has been hailed as “mesmerizing” and “music of a composer with a personal voice and keen imagination” by The New York Times, “canny and assured” by The Chicago Tribune and “wondrously alluring” by The San Francisco Chronicle.

Highlights of the 2019/20 season include a new work for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, which will be toured in both Australia and the United States, and the premiere performances of his Second String Quartet for Chicago-based Spektral Quartet in New York, Seattle, and Berkeley. Adams is also building an evening-length work for dance entitled Lyra, which will premiere this coming July in San Francisco.

Last season, Adams’s Movements (for us and them) was toured both in Australia and the US to critical acclaim. The Sydney Morning Herald called the work music of “subtle emotional power” that “stole the show.” Adams’s orchestral work many words of love was toured nationally by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti and received another performance by New World Symphony in Miami. In May 2018, Adams’s new Chamber Concerto was premiered by violinist Karen Gomyo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen to mark the 20th anniversary of the CSO’s contemporary series MusicNOW. The piece was hailed as “hypnotic, endlessly varied and natural” by Classical Voice America and music of “allusive subtlety and ingenuity” by the Chicago Tribune. The work will receive additional performances in 2019 and 2020 and will be recorded in 2021.

Adams served as the curator for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series from 2015-2018, a period that saw the commissioning of nine new works, including Amy Beth Kirsten’s SAVIOR and a new work by Manual Cinema, as well as the development of an audiovisual collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also curated for the San Francisco Symphony as part of their experimental SoundBox series.

Adams has held residencies at Civitella Ranieri (Umbria, IT), Visby International Centre for Composers (Visby, SE), Avaloch Farm (Boscawen, NH), Ucross (Ucross, WY), and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (La Honda, CA).

A committed educator, Adams frequently engages in projects with young musicians. In 2015, he worked with the Negaunee Institute of Music to establish the Civic Orchestra New Music Workshop, a program for emerging composers. In 2014, he was in residence with The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, for which he composed a work that was premiered under the baton of David Robertson. Adams also regularly works with the students of The Crowden Music Center (Berkeley, CA) and maintains a private teaching studio.

Adams grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended Berkeley’s Crowden School. He went on to study at Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in composition and electroacoustic music while also working as a bassist in the San Francisco improvised music community. He received a master’s degree in composition from The Yale School of Music.