SAT • NOV 9,2019 • 7:30 PM
First Baptist Church, Portland
909 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Franko Božac, bayan (accordion)
Pearl (Chamber Orchestra)
Zvonimir Hačko, conductor
Pēteris Vasks: Musica Appassionata
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony
for bayan, percussion and strings
Zvonimir Hačko assumed OMF's top creative role in 2014 having served the festival as artistic advisor for three years. A conductor of international stature, he brings with him a broad artistic perspective, rich international connections and an in-depth knowledge of styles and repertoire. In addition to his leadership of Oregon Music Festival, he also serves as Artistic Director of Österreichische Symphoniker (Austrian Symphony Orchestra) and principal conductor of several international project. He is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras in Europe, United States, Asia and South America.
Born and raised in former Yugoslavia, he came to the United States where he completed advanced degrees in conducting at the University of Washington (M.Mus) and Indiana University - Bloomington (DMA). Since the late 1980’s he has maintained an active international career. His recent guest conducting engagements include Brazil National Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), State of Mexico Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Serbian Radio-Television, Poznan Philharmonic (Poland), Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (Italy), He has also worked with Oesterreichische Symphoniker, Sacramento Philharmonic (USA), Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra (USA), Orchestra and Chorus of Croatian National Theater, Croatian Philharmonic, Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), European Master Orchestra and many others. His multicultural background and experience have contributed to his in-depth knowledge of the European classical tradition as well as to his avid interest in contemporary music. The maestro is also known for his flare for creative programing and innovative project design. His activities on the international scene have led him to many great concert halls and work with a number of prominent artists.