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Michelle Di Russo - 2022 Joel Revzen Fellow

Michelle Di Russo - 2022 Joel Revzen Fellow

A graceful yet powerful force on the podium, Argentinian-Italian conductor Michelle Di Russo is known for her compelling interpretations, passionate musicality, and championing of contemporary music. Recently appointed Interim Director of Orchestras at Cornell University and Assistant Conductor of North Carolina Symphony, Di Russo is a Freeman Conducting Fellow in Chicago Sinfonietta’s prestigious Project Inclusion program, as well as a fellow at the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute. Di Russo was also the recipient of a 2020 American Austrian Foundation/Faber Young Conductors Fellowship and a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Scholarship at the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music, and she was a conducting fellow at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy.
 

Past performance highlights include those as Assistant Conductor for the Prague Summer Nights Festival, as Assistant Conductor for the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestra, and as cover conductor and assistant for the Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Musicfest. During the pandemic Di Russo co-created Girls Who Conduct, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between women and men in the conducting field and encouraging younger generations of women and non-binary conductors. A native of Argentina, Di Russo holds a Doctoral Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Arizona State University and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Kentucky. She completed her degree in Orchestral Conducting and Music Production of Audiovisual Media from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, where she was awarded an Ad-Hoc Diploma for the highest grade in Orchestral Conducting.

 

Performances

Tuesday, July 19 | 6:30 PM
Ansel Adams: America and Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Maestra Michelle Di Russo leads Festival Orchestra Napa performing Ansel Adams: America, composed by the late Dave Brubeck and his son Chris Brubeck.  Incorporating over 100 Ansel Adams photographs, this multimedia program concludes with a performance by the dynamic Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

 

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Sunday, July 24 | 6:00 PM
Season Finale with Festival Orchestra Napa

Festival Napa Valley closes its 16th Season with a concert featuring two beloved masterworks: Copland’s quintessentially American ballet score Rodeo and Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative orchestral suite Scheherazade, sharing the bill with Blue Fire by the late great American composer Daniel Brewbaker.  Michelle Di Russo leads Festival Orchestra Napa.

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