Sibelius & Tchaikovsky

April 12, 8 pm | April 13, 8 pm

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Sibelius & Tchaikovsky

Ryan Murray, Conductor
featuring award-winning violinist, Angelo Xiang Yu

April 12 & 13 at the Gallo Center for the Arts

March 20, 2019 – Associate Conductor Ryan Murray will lead the Modesto Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin in D minor featuring award-winning violinist Angelo Xiang Yu on April 12 and 13, 2019 at 8pm at the Gallo Center for the Arts. The program will also include Berlioz’s Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust which will feature members of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with the MSO and the evening will end with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, nicknamed Little Russian

Mr. Yu joins the MSO after recently debuting with the San Francisco Symphony and being named one of ten recipients to receive a 2019 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. The annual prize honors outstanding artistry and serves to acknowledge the promising future of selected performers within the 11 resident organizations of Lincoln Center.

“We’re thrilled to bring Angelo Xiang Yu back to Modesto,” said Caroline Nickel, President & CEO of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association. “This will be his second time performing with the MSO and we’re excited to hear him bring Sibelius’ violin concerto to life. This piece known to be one of the most difficult violin pieces ever written – it’s sure to be a treat for anyone in the audience.”


Ryan Murray, Conductor

Ryan Murray’s dynamic conducting, natural musicality and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career since his professional debut at the age of just 22. Ryan is currently the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Since his appointment in 2013, Ryan has consistently worked to improve the quality, skill and prominence of the youth orchestra, and now leads an ensemble that features over 60 students from the greater Modesto area. He is also Music Director of Townsend Opera and Resident Conductor of the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival in Nevada County, California. Ryan is the newly appointed Director of Orchestras and Opera at California State University, Sacramento, and also directs the orchestra at CSU Stanislaus. He previously served as Music Director for Fresno Grand Opera, and as a staff conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI) and The Opera Academy of California in San Francisco.  Effortlessly moving between genres, Ryan currently enjoys a wide range of performance genres & platforms, including traditional orchestral and operatic repertoire, pops performances, and a notable emphasis on contemporary American operatic works.

Ryan has recently garnered national recognition for his dynamic, compelling performances of contemporary opera and is the current winner of the 2016/17 American Prize in Opera Conducting for his highly lauded production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He was a 2016 semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music and received honorary mention for the American Prize in Youth Orchestra Conducting. Ryan is also a past winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, and spent the summer in residence alongside the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2014 Salzburg Festival.

Driven by a lifelong passion for learning, Ryan has attended masterclasses and seminars around the world including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music's Conductors Workshop, the Musikin Aika Summer Festival Masterclass in Finland, the Aurora Chamber Festival in Sweden, the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Conducting Masterclass in Switzerland, and the Eastman School of Music’s Summer Conducting Institute featuring the Rochester Philharmonic. Ryan holds degrees, summa cum laude, in Bassoon Performance and Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento. Widely praised for his tireless work ethic, natural poise, and impassioned, inspired performances, Ryan continues to connect deeply with orchestras and audiences alike, and has proven to be a formidable presence on the podium.


Angelo Xiang Yu, Violinist

Winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2010, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu is regarded as one of today’s most talented and creative young violinists. His astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his solo recitals and orchestral and chamber music performances. In January 2019, he was announced as one of ten recipients to receive a 2019 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. The annual prize honors outstanding artistry and serves to acknowledge the promising future of selected performers within the 11 resident organizations of Lincoln Center.

In addition to winning First Prize as well as the Bach and Audience Prizes at the Menuhin Competition, Mr. Yu was awarded 2nd prize at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition and 3rd prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. In March 2017, he was chosen to participate in the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), beginning with the 18/19 season.

In North America, Angelo Xiang Yu’s orchestral engagements include appearances with the orchestras in Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Houston, as well as with the North Carolina, Colorado, Pasadena, Alabama, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Toledo, Tucson and Lake Forest symphonies among others.  Internationally, he has appeared with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Yu has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Auckland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston. He has participated as a chamber musician in several of the world’s leading summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Bergen Festival in Norway and attended the Kronberg Academy in Germany and the Perlman Music Program in New York. In March 2018, he played a highly praised recital in Boston’s Jordan Hall under the auspices of the Chinese Cultural Foundation.

Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. Mr. Yu earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the recipient of the Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship in Violin. He was a student of Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried and Kim Kashkashian, and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant. During the 13/14 school year he was the only instrumentalist invited to be a candidate for NEC’s prestigious Artist Diploma, which he was awarded in May 2014.

For more information on Mr.Yu, please visit his website at

Modesto Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Murray, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin
Members of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side

Berlioz | Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust
Sibelius | Concerto for Violin in D minor
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 2 (Little Russian)



Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8pm

Pre-Concert Talk with Ryan Murray, 7pm both Friday and Saturday (FREE for all ticket holders)



Gallo Center for the Arts, Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
1000 I Street, Modesto, CA



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