Thursday, September 10, 1998
Concert V * March 21-23, 1999
Soloist: Burt Hara, clarinet
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique"
Resume: At age 29, Harth-Bedoya would seem to have the world by the tail. Just appointed one of three associate conductors by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Peru native is currently music director of the Eugene (Oregon) Symphony. Harth-Bedoya made his New York Philharmonic debut as a replacement for Leonard Slatkin and retains his post as music director of the New Opera and Lima Philharmonic in Peru. He has conducted major orchestras in Europe and the Americas. He holds conducting degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he is also a member of the conducting faculty.
Said to be: the "conductor of the future, handsome, dynamic, a dashing figure on the podium who inspires confidence in players and staff." One source who has followed the young conductor's career in Eugene says, "He took over from Marin Alsop [current director of the Cabrillo Music Festival] and I think he's improved the orchestra. He ran into a situation that was politically not easy, and he won." He exhibits high personality on stage and witty charm at fundraisers, but is also known as a hard worker.
Watch/listen for: The Mozart and Tchaikovsky will reveal much of Harth-Bedoya's artistic range.
Bottom line: If the Monterey Symphony has ideas about expanding its Latino subscription base, Harth-Bedoya has already become known for infusing Latin influences into his concert programming.