Barely 18 years old and already a virtuoso. Violinist Gareth Johnson will join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during in an all Mozart concert, at 8 p.m., Nov. 14.
The concert, the second of the Performing Artist Series, is in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union, at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Johnson will play Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218. Also on the program, conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday, are Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525; and Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543. Scatterday is a professor of conducting and co-chair of the conducting and ensembles department at Eastman School of Music.
Johnson, a St. Louis native, now studies at the Lynn University Conservatory of music in Boca Raton, Fla. He began his study of the violin at age 10 and has been recognized with numerous awards including the Sphinx Competition (2002, 2001), the St. Louis Gateway Young Achievers Performing Arts Citation Award, the St. Louis Classic 99.1 “Young Heroes in Music” award and the St. Louis Laclede String Quartet Solo Competition (2001).
He has soloed with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Pops, the Gateway Festival Orchestra, and the Baltimore and St. Louis Symphonies. He has toured the People’s Republic of China with the Starling Chamber Orchestra of Cincinnati, Ohio and performed at summer music festivals such as Aspen, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and The International School of Music in Toronto.
He has been proclaimed in The New York Times to possess “prodigious musical gifts—like Josha Bell or Maxim Vengerov . . . he dominates the stage."”
The concert is partially underwritten by gifts from the Henrietta Commerce Network, Office of the Assistant Provost for Diversity, Office of Student Affairs and the North Star Center at RIT.
Tickets, $18 for the public, are available at the SAU candy counter, game room, or the door on concert night if available. All seats are unreserved. Call 475-2239 to purchase with credit card. For more information, visit www.davidigital.com/concert.