BILLINGS – Bozeman Symphony Orchestra director Matthew Savery will see some familiar faces at his Carnegie Hall debut next month in New York.
About 40 fans of the longtime Bozeman music director are making the trip to see Savery direct world-renowned violinist Alexander Markov. It was Savery’s connection to Markov that got him on the bill for the June 5 Carnegie Hall program featuring Vivaldi’s “Le Quatro Stagioni” (“The Four Seasons”), Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade, op 48,” and Vitali’s “Chaconne.”
Savery, who also directs the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra based in Casper, is excited to conduct on the “most famous stage in the world.” Savery just finished his 21st season as music director in Bozeman and his seventh season as music director in Casper.
“I’m going to stand up on a stage that a hell of a lot of world-class artists have stood before me,” Savery said in a phone interview. “There is so much history to that place.”
Savery and Markov have been friends for 16 years, working together on a concert in Bozeman last September and at other venues around the world. The two are so comfortable working together, Savery said there may be some hijinks, even at Carnegie.
“We like to play tricks on each other. You never know what to expect when we work together. Whatever he throws at me, I’m going to throw right back at him,” Savery said.
Markov, who made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 16, requested that Savery conduct this Carnegie performance. Markov was born in Moscow and immigrated to the U.S. in 1982. He has been hailed as one of the world’s most captivating and versatile violinists.
“Any time I get to play with Alex, it’s a big deal. He’s thrilling,” Savery said.
For his Carnegie debut, Savery will arrive in New York a week before the concert to conduct two rehearsals with the orchestra. A former colleague from Bozeman, Carrie Krause, will be playing violin with the orchestra. Krause was the former concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and is just finishing her second master’s degree from The Julliard School.
Savery, a native of Massachusetts, received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He started as a jazz drummer but quickly realized he had a knack for conducting.
“At one point the dean of the New England Music Conservatory, where I was studying, called me in and said, ‘It’s very clear that you are a conductor, not a jazz drummer,’ “ Savery said.
Savery became a member of the first class of the International Institute for Conductors in Kiev, Ukraine.
Since arriving in Bozeman in 1994, Savery has helped lead the Bozeman Symphony’s growth.
“There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing that growth; nothing compares with my joy in working with them other than playing with my 2-year-old,” Savery said.
Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert range from $25 to $120. They are available at www.carnegiehall.org.