Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

8 pm* Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)

with Guest Conductor Eric Kujawsky

Emmanuel Chabrier

Dmitri Shostakovich


Alfred Schnittke

Ludwig van Beethoven


Piano Concerto No. 2

Louise Costigan-Kerns, piano

(K)ein Sommernachtstraum

Symphony No. 8

Eric Kujawsky

Redwood Symphony founder and Music Director Eric Kujawsky is recognized as one of the foremost conductors in the Bay Area. A graduate of UCLA, Kujawsky established Redwood Symphony in 1985 after receiving his doctorate in conducting from Stanford University. His teachers have included Samuel Krachmalnick, Paul Vermel, and Andor Toth. In addition to his work with Redwood Symphony, Dr. Kujawsky has performed with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Diablo Symphony, Saratoga Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, as well as orchestras and choruses throughout the West.

Equally at home with symphony, opera, musical comedy and jazz, Dr. Kujawsky has served as music director for productions of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George, as well as My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, and Cabaret. He is a winner of both the Bay Area Theater Critics’ Circle Award and the Hollywood Dramalogue Award. With Redwood Symphony, he has conducted numerous operas, including La Bohème, Carmen, Candide, Porgy and Bess and Don Giovanni.

As a conductor, Dr. Kujawsky strives for a clear, expressive and energetic baton technique and for a willingness to depart creatively from accepted orthodoxies of interpretation and programming. Maestro Kujawsky has conducted most of the standard orchestral repertoire, including all of Mahler’s symphonies and the major works of Stravinsky, Bartók, Sibelius, and Brahms, as well as a large number of contemporary composers, including Mason Bates, John Adams, Corigliano, Daugherty, Messiaen, and Elvis Costello. He distinguishes himself as a communicator about music by delivering pre-concert lectures and incisive concert demonstrations with commentary about the music. He teaches violin and clarinet privately, and is Director of Music Ministries at Ladera Community Church, Portola Valley. Besides music, Eric is devoted to wife and son, Valerie and Aaron Sarfaty, dog Max and cat Baffi, books, humor, movies and Balkan folk dancing.

Louise Costigan-Kerns

Louise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist and conductor. Her concerts have been reviewed as "inspiring and technically amazing performances."

Ms. Costigan-Kerns began studying the piano at age two and a half with her mother, Beatrice Costigan, in Blairmore, Alberta, Canada. At age five she gave her first public recital and began competing in Alberta Music Festivals, where she was a consistent winner through high school. After earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she taught on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and was the Founding Director of the New England Conservatory Extension Division Opera Studio. In Boston she studied piano with Irma Wolpe and Victor Rosenbaum, opera with John Moriarty and Boris Goldovsky and vocal repertoire with Allen Rogers. Ms. Costigan-Kerns maintained an active performing career in the Boston area as a solo pianist and accompanist. Over the years she was a member of the Opera Department faculty at Boston University, piano faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy and Artist in Residence at Brandeis University.

In the Bay Area Ms. Costigan-Kerns has worked for Opera San Jose, Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony. She is active as a recital pianist, opera coach and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. Ms. Costigan-Kerns' Bay area performances with orchestra include the Lou Harrison piano concerto with the Redwood Symphony. She is on the music faculty of Notre Dame de Namur University. Her first solo piano CD "My Favorite Performances," was released in 2004. "Piano With Passion," her second CD, was released in 2007 and "Into the Light," her third CD, was released in 2011. All are available on iTunes and She can be seen performing Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Harrison on YouTube.