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Lions, Tigers, & Bears - Oh My!

Photo of Carnival of the Animals New Albany Symphony A Carnival of Sounds Featuring Suzanne Newcomb, Orlay Alonso and the winners of our Student Concerto Competition

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents LIONS, TIGERS, & BEARS—OH MY! on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

This performance features pianists Suzanne Newcomb and Orlay Alonso, and the winners of our Student Concerto Competition, Francesca Leo, Daniel Wu and Isaiah Wu. Conducted by NASO Music Director Luis Biava and narrated by local meteorologist Jym Ganahl, the performance will take place at the Schottenstein Theater of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 West Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.

TICKETS for this performance range in price from $12-20 in advance of-show. Tickets can be purchased by phone by calling CAPA at (614) 469-0939; online at; in person at Ticketmaster outlets; or at the McCoy Center for the Arts beginning one hour prior to the performance.

Our annual Children’s Concert, New Albany Symphony’s LIONS, TIGERS, & BEARS—OH MY! is a carnival of sound featuring Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Stravinsky’s Circus Polka, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and the winners of our Student Concerto Competition. Winners include Senior Division Winner Francesca Leo, flute, a senior at Bowling Green State University performing Foss’ Rennaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, and Junior Division Co-Winners Daniel Wu, violin, and Isaiah Wu, cello, both seniors at Worthington Kilbourne High School, performing movements of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 33. Other top finalists in the Senior Division include Alec Porter, flute, and Rachel Ballitch, soprano. In the Junior Division, finalists include Stanley Cao, piano, and Daniel Woo, violin. Honorable mentions in that division were awarded to Anna Linder, Cecilia Martin, Daniel Tai, Minjue Wu, and Andy Zhang.

Luis Biava is currently in his tenth season as Music Director of the New Albany Symphony, an orchestra which performs a wide variety of concerts for the community presenting major repertoire, commissions, and a young artists’ competition. He has worked with Jon Kimura Parker, David Finckel, Chee Yun, Soovin Kim, Karen Gomyo, and Hilary Hahn. Mr. Biava conducted and played with the Bogota Philharmonic, Guatemala National Symphony as well symphonies of Claremont, Newark-Granville, Columbus, Medellin, and the Bogota National Symphony. He was cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra for their final concert in Saratoga Springs, New York. Mr. Biava’s educational endeavors continue with the School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs, a program for young musicians that mirrors the repertoire of the Philadelphia Orchestra during the three weeks of their residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was also invited to conduct the Advanced String Orchestra in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Biava is Music Director of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. He studied conducting with Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School, Hancock, ME; and his father, Luis Biava, conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducting professor at Temple U. He attended Aspen Music Festival where he studied with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin, and served as principal cellist. He recently conducted at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music conducting workshop with Mark Gibson and Gustav Meier. In opera, he conducted performances of Salieri’s Prima la musica, Poi le parole and Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2010 he conducted performances of Puccini’s La bohème in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and conducted Opera Libera in performances of La bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Elixir of Love, and last year’s aria and overture concert. Mr. Biava is currently in his third season as conductor of Ballet Met Columbus’ Nutcracker. Mr. Biava is the principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Dublin (CMSD), and Camarata. He is active as a soloist and chamber musician. His family represents four generations of musicians. Mr. Baiva’s first cello studies were with his uncle Miguel Uribe in his native Colombia, and he performs regularly in the Trio Biava-Uribe with his aunt (Blanca Uribe, piano) and his father (Luis Biava, violin). He recently performed  the complete cycle of Beethoven and Mozart piano trios and major contemporary trios of Carter, Higdon, Augusta Read Thomas, Pärt, Lera Auerbach, and Bernstein with the Camarata Trio with Suzanne Newcomb, piano and his wife, violinist Ariane Sletner. Mr. Baiva attended the University of Michigan, and obtained a master’s from the Juilliard School where he studied with Leonard Rose. He also studied with Oliver Edel, Samuel Mayes, Gabor Rejto, and Elsa Hilger.

Now in its tenth season, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra (NASO) is a non-profit community orchestra made up of professional musicians, community players, and students. NASO provides musical enrichment for the community of New Albany through a series of four annual performances and educational programs that attract audiences from all over Central Ohio. 

Sensory Friendly Details

Sensory-Friendly Performance is Well-Suited for Young Children, Families on the Autism Spectrum, and Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra invites you to join the Symphony Family for “Carnival of the Animals,” part of the sensory-friendly “Saturday at the Symphony” performance series, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Conducted by maestro Luis Biava and narrated by local meteorologist Jym Ganahl, the concert will be held at the Schottenstein Theater of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 West Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.

An energetic celebration of creativity, CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS presents the New Albany Symphony Orchestra alongside young dancers from New Albany Elementary School. The program features Camille Saint Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, fourteen short, imaginative animal depictions in sound.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra is proud to resume Saturday at the Symphony for another engaging season! Three unique, one-hour matinee performances are tailored for a sensory-friendly audience and are presented at the McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany. Saturday at the Symphony is open to anyone wishing to attend; however, this series is designed for families with young children, those on the Autism Spectrum, and individuals with Alzheimer's/dementia. "Saturday at the Symphony" concerts are presented in a relaxed environment with lots of visuals, and include a complimentary treat for everyone in attendance. Attendees at “Carnival of the Animals” are able to make small crafts, try out string instruments at the Loft Violin Shop’s Instrument Petting Zoo, and enjoy a choreographed performance by elementary school students from New Albany alongside the orchestra. Additionally, audience members can feel free to move around, talk, and bring their own reinforcements and motivational systems. House lights are turned on but dimmed, family restrooms are available, and “chill-out” zones, including hands-on activities, an instrument petting zoo, snacks, and communication cards are provided. NASO musicians, ushers, and volunteers receive specific training from partner organizations to accommodate the audience. Finally, attendees are encouraged to download a “What to Expect at the Concert” Story Board in order to help prepare for concert day.

General admission TICKETS for “Carnival of the Animals” are $8.00 each at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by calling CAPA at (614) 469-0939; online at (additional fees apply); in person at Ticketmaster outlets.