Join the NGSO and conductor Russel Mikkelson in a journey to Italy featuring internationally acclaimed violinist Charles Wetherbee. Hear some of the world’s greatest melodies and the magnificent The Pines of Rome played by the largest orchestra ever assembled on the Midland Stage!
Dr. Russel Mikkelson
Dr. Russel C. Mikkelson serves as director of University Bands, professor of music (Conducting), and area head of Conducting and Ensembles at The Ohio State University, where he conducts the Wind Symphony, chairs the graduate conducting program, and oversees all aspects of the university's band program.
Violin Soloist, Charles Wetherbee
Violinist Charles Wetherbee has performed throughout the world, including
Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. The Washington Post called Wetherbee “a consummate
artist...with flawless technique”. The Virginia Pilot said that he “...gave a
performance of great conviction and emotion”. The Columbus Dispatch
wrote “...a first rate showman...his double-stops, harmonics, and beautiful
sound kept the audience spellbound”.
Gioachino Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
Ottorino Respighi: The Pines of Rome