Haydn Festival Orchestra performing Friday at The Poncan Theatre

Ponca City Now - June 13, 2019 12:02 pm

The Haydn Festival Orchestra will perform at The Poncan Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14.

Tickets are available online at www.poncantheatre.org for $10.

More than 40 professional instrumentalists are coming back to Oklahoma to perform live! This is an experience you won’t want to miss.

The Oklahoma Haydn Festival celebrates the works, ideas, and ongoing influence of Joseph Haydn by immersing Oklahoma audiences in a summer festival experience that integrates music, education, and community engagement.

This year is the first year the festival orchestra will be visiting the Poncan Theatre.

Highlights of this year’s festival include collaborations with soloists Zach Reaves, cello, Eden Dickerson, piano, and Caroline Carter, soprano.  

In addition to the Piano Concerto in D, Cello Concerto in D, and Cantilena pro Adventu, the festival will be featuring Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, “The Clock,” the overture from Armida, andnumerous other orchestral, chamber, and solo works.

Conductor Jim Waddelow

Jim Waddelow is one of the most versatile conductors in the South. A native of Oklahoma, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Haydn Festival.

Jim also serves Meredith College as Director of Instrumental Activities, conducting the Meredith Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, Meredith Opera, and musical theater productions for Meredith Theater.

In 2010 he founded White Iris Light Opera in Raleigh, and the following year he led Meredith musicians on a concert tour of Tuscany, Italy.

Guest appearances have included theater companies and orchestras in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Kansas, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and numerous all-state and all-region orchestras.

Jim has conducted more than 300 performances of more than 70 musicals and operas at the professional and college level.

Previous conducting affiliations include the Oklahoma Youth Symphony, Lubbock Youth Symphony, Texas Tech University, Next Generation Performing Arts Camp in Joplin, Mo., Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs, Ark., and the University of Central Oklahoma.

A strong advocate of music education, he has conducted more than 200 guest appearances and clinics in public school programs.

He holds a doctorate in orchestral conducting from Texas Tech University.

Cellist Zack Reaves

Zack Reaves is a highly sought after cellist and chamber musician. His career has taken him around the globe and has consisted of diverse and innovative performances everywhere from Carnegie Hall to local cafes and brewpubs.

His open-minded and collaborative approach to music has earned him praise

among a wide range of audiences.

In 2011, Reaves founded the Altius Quartet, which went on to receive many awards, including the Silver Medal in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He and the Altius Quartet served as the Fellowship Ensemble in Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they were assistants to the world-renowned Takåcs Quartet.

Altius became particularly well known for their inviting stage presence as well as their educational outreach programs for school children.

Since leaving his post with the Altius Quartet in 2018, Zack has embarked on many new endeavors, including composing his first children’s opera, as well as a recording project for which he has commissioned several new works for solo cello by young American and Canadian composers.

Currently, Reaves teaches cello at Denver School of the Arts and Boulder Valley Waldorf School and serves as Assistant Principal Cello of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the fall of 2019, Reaves will begin a one-year appointment as Visiting Instructor of Cello at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University while current professor, Tomasz Zieba, is on sabbatical. In addition to his position at OCU, Zack will serve as Interim Music Director of the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.


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