Erioca Ensembles warmly welcomes Sanford Allen

By Michael Gilbert

[singlepic id=243 w=320 h=240 float=right]The eminent violinist, Sanford Allen, will be the guest artist for the Eroica Ensemble’s concerts on June 5th and 6th. With Music Director, Michael Gilbert, conducting, Mr. Allen will perform the virtuosic Bruch Concerto in G minor as well as the Haydn Concerto in C major. Trained at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music in New York City, Mr. Allen has performed solo and chamber music concerts around the world and appeared as soloist with the Detroit, Baltimore, Quebec, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestras. The August 2002 issue of Strad magazine lauds him as a “fabulous player” with “extraordinary commitment and finesse.” Winner of a Koussevitsky International Recording Award, Mr. Allen is a member of the performance faculty at Rutgers University and has been responsible for numerous commissions and first performances of contemporary music. He holds the distinction of being the first black musician to become a regular member of the New York Philharmonic. He remained with the orchestra through the tenures of music directors Leonard Bernstein, George Szell, and Pierre Boulez.

Michael Gilbert, Music Director of the Eroica Ensemble, is also the Music Director of the Music Masters Course Japan. Descended from a family of Tennessee musicians and trained as a violinist by his father, Noel Gilbert, Michael Gilbert later studied in New York at the Juilliard School of Music with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay. After serving as concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera, and the American Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Gilbert joined the New York Philharmonic where he performed with Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, and Kurt Masur. Mr. Gilbert made his conducting debut with the Kyoto Symphony in Japan in 2004 performing Mahler Symphony No.1 and returned the following year with Bruckner Symphony No. 4. Since then, he has conducted and coached at music festivals and orchestral seminars around the world. At the University of Memphis this past summer, Mr. Gilbert led a workshop on the Saito Conducting Method. The course will be offered again this summer, August 8-15.

The performances with the Eroica Ensemble will be 7:30 pm Saturday, June 5th at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper Street, and at 3 pm Sunday, June 6th at Lambuth University in Jackson, TN. Both concerts are free. The public is warmly invited to attend.

Based in Memphis, the Eroica Ensemble is a non-profit organization that brings together musicians from across the country for free public concerts in the communities of West Tennessee. This year, Eroica is presenting 10 orchestra concerts in Memphis and Jackson, TN. Audiences for Eroica concerts have been growing steadily since the orchestra’s start in 2007 bringing hundreds of concertgoers to Midtown’s Cooper-Young District for evening shows. Typically, the orchestra gives two weekend performances for each program: a Memphis concert on Saturday evening and an “out-of-town” concert in Jackson on Sunday afternoon.

For more information, please visit To schedule an interview, email Anthony Gilbert at or call 901-725-1642.


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