Concert Assn. To Present Symphoria

Jamestown Concert Association will present Symphoria for a Spring Concert in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 Third St., on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Symphoria was founded by the musicians of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra after the reorganization process. Symphoria’s mission is to build an appreciation for symphonic music through the sponsorship and presentation of orchestra concerts.

Dr. Juan Francisco LaManna will conduct the orchestra. He is currently orchestra director at the State University of New York in Oswego. Prior to his appointment at SUNY, LaManna lived in the Kansas City area, where he was conductor for the State Ballet of Missouri. In that capacity, he directed the St. Louis and Kansas City Symphonies, and also conducted the orchestra for the late Rudol Nureyev.

LaManna was principal conductor for Miami City Ballet for four years, receiving rave reviews from newspapers such as The New York Times and the Miami Herald. He directed many performances in Florida, including a gala with the Cleveland Orchestra and the premiere of Elvis Costello’s Nightspot, working with choreographer Twyla Tharp. He has also conducted the Naples Philharmonic in addition to directing orchestras in California, Colorado and Rumania. Active as a pianist as well, LaManna has performed as a chamber musician and as a soloist, both in recitals and with orchestras, playing regionally, nationally, and in England, Venezuela and Italy.

Violin Soloist Mayuko Kamio, gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is widely praised for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques. The New York Times has called Kamio an “exciting young musician” and a “radiant talent.” Kamio had her concerto debut in Tokyo at age 10 and has since appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.

She has toured with the National Philharmonic of Russia, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic and appeared in Japan as soloist with the Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, NHK, Osaka Sapporo and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras; and the Japan, Tokyo and Tokyo City philharmonics. As a recitalist, she has performed in such major cities as New York, Washington, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Frankfurt, Warsaw and Tokyo.

Kamio was winner of the 1998 Menuhin International Violin Competition, the youngest artist ever to win the award. Other awards include first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Monte Carlo Violin Masters Competition and the gold metal at the first International David Oistrakh Violin Competition in Ukraine.

The program for the evening will include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Grieg’s “Last Spring” from Teo Elegiac Melodies and Schumann’s Eymphony No. 1 “Spring.”

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $20 seniors and $7.50 for college students. Students 18 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets may be purchased at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office. For more information, call 484-7070, 487-152 or consult JCA’s website: jamestownconcertassociation.org.

JCA is sponsored in part by Trinity Guitars, Jamestown’s Rental Properties, LLC, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation Inc. and the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.