TUFR Featured Artist Performance: Jan Vogler
World-renowned cellist Jan Vogler is this week's Featured Artist on Turn Up For Recovery's YouTube Channel. He'll be joined in performance by Mira Wang, Fabio Luisi, Omer Meir Wellber and musicians from the BBC Philharmonic.
Tune in Saturday 13 June at PDT 11:00am, EDT 2:00pm and BST 7:00pm, for this very special performance at youtube.com/turnupforrecovery.
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ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has brought him together with renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed orchestras around the world, such as New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestra. His great ability allowed him to explore the sound boundaries of the cello and to establish an intensive dialogue with contemporary composers and artists. The New York Times praises his “soulful, richly hued playing” and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung grants him the ability “to make his cello speak like a singing voice”. In addition to his classical concert activities as a soloist, He has collaborated with actor Bill Murray for their joint musical-literary project “Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends – New Worlds”. The innovative programme drew international attention and brought together works by Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla, Mancini, Gershwin and Foster for an unexpected and exciting exploration of the relationship between literature and music. Jan has been Director of the renowned Dresden Music Festival since October 2008 as well as Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival since 2001.In 2019, Jan joined Eric Clapton during the guitarist's closing performance at the Dresden Festival. A native of Germany, he now resides in New York City with his wife, violinist Mira Wang.
Mira Wang is a world-renowned violinist. A native of China, she now resides in New York CIty with her family. She has appeared with numerous orchestras in the USA, Europe and Asia, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has performed at many international festivals, including the Marlboro Festival, Les Museiques in Basel, the Kuhmo Festival and the MDR Music Summer. She is a regular guest at the Moritzburg Festival, where she has also directed the Moritzburg Academy for Young Musicians since 2014. Since 2005 Mira Wang has been the artistic director of the exclusive chamber music series Modelroom Musicales at the New York Yacht Club.
Fabio Luisi is an Italian conductor. He is general music director of the Zurich Opera, principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and music director-designate of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he has served as chief conductor for the Staatskapelle and Semperoper, Dresden and the Vienna Symphony and was principal guest conductor at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
Omer Meir Wellber was born in Israel in 1981, Omer is Principal Guest Conductor of the Semperoper Dresden in Germany, the Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily and the chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. He began his musical training at the age of five, playing the accordion and piano before developing an interest in composition. After graduating from the Be’er Sheva conservatoire in Israel he was awarded a scholarship from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation to study from 2000 to 2008 under Eugene Zirlin at the Jerusalem Music Academy and in the Mendi Rodan Programme. He has been hailed as "one of the most sought after young conductors of his generation.” In addition to his passion for performing and conducting, Omer is also a prolific writer. His book about Mozart entitled Fear, Risk and Love – Moments with Mozart was published in 2017 and his novel, Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner, will be published in October.
The BBC Philharmonic is one of the BBC's six performing groups. Based at MediaCityUK in Salford, the Philharmonic performs an annual season of concerts at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, as well as giving regular concerts in Hanley, Leeds, Kendal and other venues across the north of England. The orchestra’s personnel are drawn from far and wide, from distinguished longstanding members with a wealth of experience to some of the brightest and most brilliant young orchestral musicians in Europe.
ABOUT TURN UP FOR RECOVERY:
Turn up for Recovery is a charitable movement aiming to raise awareness of abstinence-based recovery, tackle the stigma of addiction and help make treatment affordable to people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. The idea for Turn up for Recovery (TUFR) came to founder, Melia Clapton, while walking her dog. She wanted to tackle the stigma around addiction and alcoholism and raise awareness about the power of abstinence based recovery. It’s a topic very close to her heart, having supported family members throughout their recovery. Her vision is for an inclusive community of artists, music lovers and those affected by addiction coming together to have a good time, talk about recovery and raise money for others to get the help that they need at Crossroads Centre Antigua. Melia announced the movement in September 2019 during Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. It has been gaining momentum ever since.