Musicians & Ensembles
Jonathan McPhee – Music Director & Principal Conductor
Jonathan McPhee is equally at home as a conductor for the symphony, ballet, and opera. In addition to serving as Music Director for Symphony NH since 2008, Mr. McPhee is also Music Director for Lexington Symphony and the Boston Ballet, which is the second largest musical organization in Boston.
Recent guest appearances by Jonathan McPhee include the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Mr. McPhee was invited to conduct the Nashville Symphony as one of the conductors featured in the 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview by the League of American Orchestras. Past conducting engagements include the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, the Hamburg Philharmonic in Germany, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Colonne (Paris), the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in London, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.
Some of the world’s most distinguished dance companies for which Jonathan McPhee has served as conductor include the New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet (England), Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, Den Norske Ballett in Norway, and The Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark. In addition to a broad repertoire in the field of dance, Mr. McPhee has conducted pops concerts, musical theatre and operetta. He has also conducted grand opera with Opera Boston, the American Opera Center in New York, and Boston University Opera Institute.
Jonathan McPhee’s works as arranger and composer are in the repertoires of orchestras and ballet companies around the world. His edition of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is the only authorized reduced orchestration of this work. Mr. McPhee’s compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Jonathan McPhee’s best selling recording of The Nutcracker with the Boston Ballet Orchestra has sold over 75,000 copies. He has also recorded Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet with that orchestra available on itunes, and Michael Gandolfi’s Caution to the Wind on the CRI CD label. Mr. McPhee conducted the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the films of Martha Graham’s works telecast by DANCE IN AMERICA, and conducted the score for the feature film Ballet Russes (2005). His collaboration with WCRB classical radio “Kids Classical Hour” earned a Gabriel Award in 1998.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. McPhee received his L.R.A.M. from the Royal Academy of Music, University of London, and a B.Mus. and M.Mus. from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Mr. McPhee was the recipient of a Naumburg Scholarship in Conducting and English Horn. He has studied with Leonard Brain, David Diamond, Thomas Stacy, Rudolf Kempe, Sixten Ehrling, and participated in master classes with Sir Georg Solti and James Levine while at Juilliard.
Holly Krafka - Director, Symphony NH Chorus
Holly MacEwen Krafka was named Director of the Symphony NH Chorus in 2012. The founder of the New World Chorale, she has been a conductor, educator, and performer in a wide range of musical activities for many years. A native of Wellesley, MA, she is a graduate of Gettysburg College and holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Boston Conservatory. As a singer, Holly Krafka was a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for 20 years.
Ms. Krafka is a regular guest conductor with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Milford, MA. She has led the orchestra and the New World Chorale since 2000 in a wide variety of performances for chorus and orchestra.
In September 2009, Holly Krafka made her Hatch Shell conducting debut with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and New World Chorale in a performance of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Ms. Krafka also leads Colla Voce, the vocal chamber ensemble of the Symphony NH Chorus.
A music educator for over 30 years, Holly Krafka has been music director and vocal director in a number of local area churches and school systems. She resides in Milford, MA and has three musical sons: Luke (cello), Pete (string bass), and Nick (jazz trumpet).
Some of the players listed below are linked to videos where you can get to know them – and their instruments – a little better. Click on the underlined names to find out more!
Elliott Markow, concertmaster
Zoia Bologovsky, principal second violin
Maiani da Silva (on leave 2014-15)
Raluca Dumitrache (on leave 2014-15)
Susan Faux, Acting Assistant Concertmaster
Dani Rimoni, principal
Harel Gietheim, principal
Priscilla Hayes Taylor
Volker Nahrmann, principal
Kathleen Boyd, principal
Cheryl Bishkoff, principal
Steven Jackson, principal
Gregory Newton, principal
Leo Kenen, contrabassoon
Richard Watson, principal
Kristin E. Olsen
John Faieta, principal
Takatsugu Hagiwara, principal
Jeff Bluhm, principal
Piano / Organ
Joseph R. Olefirowicz CAGO, acting principal
Kathleen Lyon-Pingree, principal
The toes are tapping, the dance floor is full, and there’s a smile on everyone’s face…
Such are the early responses to our “New England Swing” big band, the newest live music ensemble within Symphony NH. First performing in New Hampshire in March of 2010, this group continues to wow patrons of all ages with its stylish performances of traditional swing and big band music. Led by members of Symphony NH’s brass section, the big band draws from several decades of performing experience and can play it all: traditional and contemporary jazz, Latin music, and waltz… just to name a few. Comprised of some of New England’s most versatile and seasoned players, they are equally at home in live concert settings, dinner events, corporate functions, and weddings.
New England Swing is available for your upcoming function and is sure to be a hit. Almost any event can be accommodated: concert series, corporate dinners & holiday parties, benefit auctions, weddings, anniversaries, public ceremonies, and any other celebration with live music.
For bookings, pricing, or other information, please contact Nick Adams at (603) 595-9156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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