Concert ProgrammingWilliam Buhidar's bold approach to programming explores new avenues without compromising classical tradition. His success in this area has come through a thoughtful and attractive programming style, a sample of which follows:
• "Eine Kleine" Mozart highlighted repertoire composed during Amadeus' childhood such as his Piano Concerto No. 1, with child prodigy Christopher Bradley as soloist, and a concert version of "Bastien und Bastienne".
• Four Seasons in Texas with recording artist Anton Miller in a "live" performance of Vivaldi's classic concerto cycle "The Four Seasons". The concert was accompanied visually with original commissioned photography of nature scenes from throughout the state of Texas.
• Carmen - A Pocket Opera Version presented a uniquely designed concert version of Bizet's famous opera. With a specially scripted narration by Mr. Buhidar this effective production was enjoyed both by seasoned opera lovers and opera novices.
• ERTÉ and His Music, a concert funded by the Meadows Foundation, focused on the music from operatic productions such as "La Bohème" and "Faust" which had been costumed by the artist ERTÉ.
Outreach and Educational Programming
Outreach, both to youth and adults, is an area William Buhidar considers of critical importance for building concert audiences. He also has successfully caught the attention of younger audiences by presenting symphonic music in unique music/drama settings. The Texas Commission on the Arts and The Coastal Bend Foundation funded several of these presentations, which have included:
• Toys in the Attic, a concert combining great classics in music and literature
• L'ouvo di Colombo, a Christopher Columbus commemoration in music.
• Music in Space and Time, a musical journey with Hoist's "The Planets", which included a world premiere of Lawrence Weiner's "Spheres".
• A Tribute to John Williams, personally scripted by Mr. Buhidar to highlight the impact of this composer's music on the art of film scoring.