CHEYENNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Our final concert will present the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro William Intriligator, in a program featuring the Beethoven's youthful Piano Concerto No. 2, and the iconic Mahler's Symphony No. 1 "Titan"
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, featuring Dr. Adam Zukiewicz, piano
Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No. 1 in D major (1888)
About Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra
The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra (CSO) can trace its roots to the Cheyenne Little Symphony, which was organized in 1935 by Mr. Clyde G. and Mrs. Alice Ross, both prominent Cheyenne musicians. Twenty-five people belonged to the early orchestra that was conducted by Mr. Ross, a violinist, while Mrs. Ross played the piano. In 1951, Mrs. Ross organized the Cheyenne Civic Symphony and served as its first president. Mr. Eugene Adams served as conductor.
In July 1954, the Cheyenne Civic Symphony and the Cheyenne Community Chorus joined forces. During this period, several conductors, including local educator Rex Yocum, led the ensembles. The merger of the Symphony and Chorus lasted for nearly 30 years; the influence is still apparent in CSO’s strong ties with local choral ensembles today.
By 1981, community support and demand for high-caliber entertainment created an opportunity for the organization to expand. Robert Carter Austin was hired as Music Director and helped to lead the initial transition from amateur to professional ensemble. Over the years, the baton has been passed to many internationally acclaimed Maestros including David Lockington, Mark Russell Smith, Stephen Alltop and finally our current Maestro William Intriligator.
William Intriligator currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in Iowa.
He is an experienced orchestra leader whose musicianship, leadership, personality, and passion have enabled both organizations to reach new audiences, attain new artistic heights, diversify programming, and achieve unprecedented success.
Intriligator’s 2022-2023 concert season at both orchestras includes carefully curated programs that blend traditional concert favorites with works by women and other under-represented composers, while also featuring outstanding guest artists.
Some highlights of the 2022-2023 Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra season include Home Alone film with live orchestra, the second Symphony Underground with the band Ten Cent Stranger, concert favorites like Scheherazade, Enigma Variations, Lincoln Portrait, and guest artists such as violinist Michael Ludwig and pianists Sara Buechner and Michael Roll. Other soloists include French horn player Ben Shafer and electric guitarist D. J. Sparr.
During his tenure with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Intriligator has presented many special programs including film with live orchestra, Symphony Underground, concerts of film music, ballet productions, family matinees, multi-media productions, new educational initiatives, round-table events, collaborations with regional choruses, a season-long exploration of women composers, and a multi-year Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss exploration.
One of his most extraordinary and innovative programs was a partnership with stage director and Cheyenne-native Sarah Hartmann entitled “Star-Crossed Lovers” which combined concert, opera, ballet, and theater in a staged retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
As a guest conductor, Intriligator has led performances with many distinguished orchestras across the country, including those of Honolulu, Houston, Minnesota, Richmond, Saint Paul, Savannah, Syracuse, and Tulsa. In 2017, he made his European conducting debut in Italy with the Bari Symphony Orchestra. After the success of that concert, the orchestra immediately invited him to return to Bari and conduct two more concerts.
Intriligator previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Opera, Apprentice Conductor and Staff Conductor at the Minnesota Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Southwest German Radio Orchestra. He was a regular guest conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for five seasons while living in the Twin Cities, conducting the SPCO in educational concerts, family concerts, regional tours, and concerts of new music.
Originally from Santa Monica, California, Intriligator earned many accolades as an oboist before turning to conducting. He graduated with highest honors in music from Princeton University. He was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for two summers and attended the Pierre Monteux School four summers. He studied conducting in France with Charles Bruck and in Germany and Austria with Michael Gielen. He returned to the U.S. to earn his masters and doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting at the University of Minnesota.
For more information on our Maestro, including a complete concert schedule, please visit his website at www.williamintriligator.com.
Adam Piotr Żukiewicz is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed concert pianist. He concertized across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Macau, and his performances were broadcast in the USA, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, and Poland.
Mr. Żukiewicz consistently receives critical acclaim, while his innovative programming - focused on exploring connections between the popular and the lesser known gems of the traditional and contemporary repertoire - continues to engage and inspire audiences around the world.
Mr. Żukiewicz is an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where he currently resides. He serves as a Resident Faculty Pianist at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino (Italy), and is a founder and Artistic Director of the Intercollegiate Piano Competition of the West. He is also a founding member of the Colorado Piano Trio. Prior to his arrival in Greeley, Mr. Żukiewicz served as faculty at the University of Toronto and St Michael's Choir School in Toronto. His students studied in renowned institutions such as Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and Royal College of Music, and their successes include festival and competition awards in Canada, Italy, Singapore, and USA.