Poster Conductor Michelle Rofrano
Michelle Rofrano conducting the Spoleto Festival USA
Leigh Webber Photography
Performance Today®

Michelle Rofrano

When Michelle Rofrano was a girl, she loved listening to classical music and opera with her grandparents. As a teenager, she became fascinated by watching orchestral conductors — so when Rofrano finally stepped in front of an orchestra in college, she knew immediately that conducting was her place in music. On this episode of Performance Today, hear Michelle Rofrano leads the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in a (pre-pandemic) concert performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

William Grant Still: Radiant Pinnacle
Althea Waites, piano
Album: Black Diamonds: Althea Waites Plays Music by African-American Composers
Cambria 1097

William Grant Still: From the Delta: Suite
Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony; Patricia Hoy, conductor
Album: Northern Arizona University Wind Symphony

Piano Puzzler: Contestant: Claire Nalven from Waltham, MA

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra; Michelle Rofrano, conductor
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston SC

Hour 2

John Williams: Schindler's List: Theme
Camille Thomas, cello; Brussels Philharmonic; Mathieu Herzog, conductor
Album: Voice of Hope
DG 4838564

Carl Nielsen: Overture to Maskarade
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; Osmo Vanska, conductor
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Adam Schoenberg: Never Shall I Forget
iSing Silicon Valley; Jennah Delp Somers and Shane Troll, conductors
Album: Here I Stand
Innova Records 058

Cesar Franck, arr. Jules Delsart: Cello Sonata in A Major, M. 8
Camille Thomas, cello; Roman Rabinovich, piano
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

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