2009 Repertoire Report- Foster Beyers

This is what I’m talking about- Foster Beyers, a fairly regular commenter at Vftp and fine conductor, has submitted his list. It sounds like the conducting program at Minnesota must be a sweet setup for them to do so much opera. Thanks for contribuing, Foster.

Keep those lists coming!



Hello Ken,   My name is Foster Beyers. I am a doctoral conducting student at the University of Minnesota. I have only included repertoire below which I have actually conducted in performance in the year 2009. It happens that includes alot of opera (excerpts and one complete) because our program is heavily involved with the University Opera Theater. It also includes rep from the University Campus Orchestra, a non-major ensemble of which I share conducting responsibilities with my colleagues, a Summer Orchestra, and my conducting recital which consists of whoever I can find willing to play for me! I also have a few works for wind band since I conduct a community concert band  

Elgar – Enigma Variations

Grieg – Concerto for Piano in A minor

Holst – Suite No.2 for Military Band in F Major

Mozart- The Magic Flute                      

    Act  I  No.1                                   

    No.4 Recitative and Aria                 

Symphony No.39

Mussourgsky – Varlaam’s Drinking Song from Boris Goudonov

Puccini – Flower Duet from Madame Butterfly

Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D Major

J. Strauss – Act I trio from Die Fledermaus

Stravinsky – Le Rossignol (complete opera)

Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin                                                             


   Onegin’s Act I Aria

   Lensky’s Act I Arioso

   Lensky’s Act II Aria

   Gremin’s Act III Aria 


   Duke Robert’s Aria 

Pique Dame

   Yeletsky’s Aria

Tchaikowsky- Variations on a Roccoco Theme

Vaughn Williams – Folk Song Suite

Verdi – Sempre Libera from La Traviata

Wagner – Siegfried Idyll

Weber – Overture to Der Freischutz

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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