Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra in a program spotlighting music that takes its cue from a specific time and place. Named after a grand estate in Washington, D.C., Dumbarton Oaks blends Stravinsky’s inventive, boundary-pushing sound with a nod to one of the greatest masters of the past, J.S. Bach. Elegía Andina celebrates composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s multicultural heritage and draws in stylistic elements of Peruvian panpipes. Based on a 17th century French satire about a pompous social climber, Strauss’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme fizzes with lively antics and whimsical charm.
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
Gabriela Lena Frank*: Elegía Andina (2000)
Strauss: Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
* Shepherd School alumna
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Emmy award-winning and Grammy-nominated conductor, is a master of color, drawing idiomatic interpretations from a diverse and wide range of repertoire in concerts across the globe.
Celebrating more than 30 years of professional conducting, and with a deep commitment to passing his experience on to the next generation of musicians, he is currently the Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies at Baylor University, and Music Director of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra where in addition to performing, he teaches orchestral conducting at the undergraduate and graduate level.
He has also established The Conducting Institute to teach the fundamentals of conducting to students ages high school and up, of all levels, through intensive summer and winter programs, workshops, courses, and seminars.