Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

8 pm* Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)

with Guest Conductor Eric Kujawsky

Emmanuel Chabrier

Dmitri Shostakovich


Alfred Schnittke

Ludwig van Beethoven


Piano Concerto No. 2

Louise Costigan-Kerns, piano

(K)ein Sommernachtstraum

Symphony No. 8

General Admission $22
Senior Admission (age 62 and over) $18
Student Admission $10

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Eric Kujawsky

Redwood Symphony founder and Music Director Eric Kujawsky is recognized as one of the foremost conductors in the Bay Area. A graduate of UCLA, Kujawsky established Redwood Symphony in 1985 after receiving his doctorate in conducting from Stanford University. His teachers have included Samuel Krachmalnick, Paul Vermel, and Andor Toth. In addition to his work with Redwood Symphony, Dr. Kujawsky has performed with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Diablo Symphony, Saratoga Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, as well as orchestras and choruses throughout the West.

Equally at home with symphony, opera, musical comedy and jazz, Dr. Kujawsky has served as music director for productions of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George, as well as My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, and Cabaret. He is a winner of both the Bay Area Theater Critics’ Circle Award and the Hollywood Dramalogue Award. With Redwood Symphony, he has conducted numerous operas, including La Bohème, Carmen, Candide, Porgy and Bess and Don Giovanni.

As a conductor, Dr. Kujawsky is known for a clear, expressive and energetic baton technique and for a willingness to depart creatively from accepted orthodoxies of interpretation and programming. Maestro Kujawsky has conducted most of the standard orchestral repertoire, including all of Mahler’s symphonies and the major works of Stravinsky, Bartók, Sibelius, and Brahms, as well as a large number of contemporary composers, including Adams, ­Corigliano, Daugherty, Danny Elfman, and Elvis Costello. He distinguishes himself as a communicator about music by delivering pre-concert lectures and incisive concert demonstrations with commentary about the music. He teaches violin and clarinet privately, and he became Director of Music Ministries at Ladera Community Church, Portola Valley. The high points of Eric’s life are his 1982 marriage to Valerie Sarfaty and the 1990 birth of his son, Aaron Sarfaty.

Louise Costigan-Kerns

Bio of Louise Costigan-Kerns will appear here shortly.