Aram Demirjian, Guest Conductor

Aram Demirjian headshotGuest Conducting Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Aram Demirjian is a dynamic emerging leader on the American musical landscape. Known for his “zeal and fresh perspective” (KC Metropolis) and “confident and expressive style” (Kansas City Star), Demirjian bridges the musical traditions of the past with the cultural appetites of the present, forging a magnetic rapport with audience members of all ages and backgrounds and creating inspiring musical experiences in both familiar and progressive concert formats.

In his four years as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony (KCS), Demirjian conducted over 200 performances in the acoustically superb Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Among his most substantial achievements, he was instrumental in designing and launching Classics Uncorked, a widely acclaimed series that presents weeknight classical concerts, enhancing the concert hall experience with thematic programming, narration, visual effects, musical demonstrations and audience interaction. These programs have garnered effusive praise for their fun, casual atmosphere and diverse repertoire selection, attracting thousands of first-time and long-time patrons and earning the recognition of such organizations as 21cm Magazine, which featured the series as its January 2016 “POP Pick,” and the New World Symphony’s New Audiences Initiative. A sincere believer in music’s capacity to empower, inspire and enrich, Demirjian’s education and community outreach activities have reached over 45,000 students and adult learners annually. Additional highlights of his time in Kansas City include conducting his subscription debut featuring Debussy’s La mer, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and the wildly popular Screenland at the Symphony series, which combines full-length feature films with a live soundtrack from the orchestra.

Demirjian’s 2016/17 season includes multiple return engagements with the Louisiana Philharmonic, debuts with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic and Illinois Symphony, and his European debut on the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra’s Dominicales series, which features rising conductors of the next generation. Recent highlights include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Auburn, Knoxville, Memphis and Omaha symphonies and performances at the Tanglewood Music Center. Demirjian also is a frequent cover conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Featured Musician

Dennis Malloy – Viola

Dennis-MalloyDennis J. Malloy, violist, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Sheila Browne. During his studies at UNCSA, Mr. Malloy was an active chamber and orchestral musician, playing in various large ensembles, such as the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and the UNCSA Opera Orchestra, where he has sat principal under the direction of Jamie Allbritten, Chancellor John Mauceri and Ransom Wilson. Mr. Malloy has sat principal violist with The Little Symphony of Forsyth County and has substituted with the Salem Community Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Malloy is a member of the viola section in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Fouad Fakhouri.

Mr. Malloy received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from UNCSA, after switching from violin to viola his sophomore year. Since switching to viola, Mr. Malloy has performed in masterclasses for artist such as Matthew Daline, Don McInnes, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Carol Rodland, Ann Roggen, and the Emerson String Quartet and for Cho-Liang Lin of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His former teachers include Sheila Browne, Ulrich Eichenhauer, Joseph Genualdi, Kevin Lawrence and Sally Peck.

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony performs 6-8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other arts agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as a military appreciation concert held over Memorial Day Weekend in collaboration with The Army Ground Forces Band of Ft. Bragg. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Summer Music Camps.

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