Introduction

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Gerard Floriano is an accomplished musical pluralist whose passions include conducting orchestras, choirs,  and opera, teaching young musicians from the podium or in the classroom, and creating family programs that engage as well as educate.  He has conducted choral and orchestral performances in Prague, Barcelona, Florence, Rome and Vienna, and at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, as well as operas in numerous venues throughout the United States, and he has been recognized by some of America's premier musical organizations including the League of American Orchestras, the Brevard Summer Music Festival, and the Music Educators’ National Conference.  While many musicians maintain an interest in multiple musical genres, Gerry communicates his passion for orchestral and choral music, as well as opera, while creating highly successful musical experiences.

Finger Lakes Opera Gala Concert

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Finger Lakes Opera Gala Concert - The opening gala celebration marked the debut of western New York's new professional summer opera company.  The concert, attended by a large and enthusiastic audience at SUNY Geneseo's Wadsworth Auditorium, featured performances by  Metropolitan Opera soprano, Danielle Pastin and American tenor, Rolando Sanz, mezzo soprano Jessica Best and baritone Evan Jones, accompanied by the Finger Lakes Opera Orchestra, led by Maestro Floriano.

 

 

Concert Tour - Spain and Portugal - Geneseo Chamber Singers

The Geneseo Chamber Singers, under the leadership of Maestro Gerard Floriano recently returned from their 12th international concert tour and fourth under Dr. Floriano.  Maestro Floriano led the renowned touring choral ensemble in concerts in Lisbon and Porto, Portugal, as well as in Santiago de Compostela, Leon and Madrid, Spain.  The varied concert program featured works by Rachmaninoff, Eric Whitacre, Randall Thompson, Pablo Casals, Javier Busto, and Monteverdi, as well as several American folk songs and spirituals.

Dr. Floriano pens article for ' An Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture '

Add published author to Gerard's impressive resumé. Recently the Encyclopedia of Theater and American Culture went to print with Dr. Floriano's article on Show Boat composer, Jerome Kern. Here is an excerpt from the article and link to the publisher's website:

Carmina Mania

Following a successful performance of Carl Orff's work with the talented students of Canandaigua Academy, the 2012-2013 season marked another opportunity for Maestro Floriano to conduct the 20th century masterwork. In April, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, Geneseo Chamber Singers and an all-star high school choral ensemble of some 60 students joined forces to present Orff's visceral, heart-pounding work. Featured soloists were soprano Sharla Nafziger, tenor Aaron McAllister and baritone Daniel Cilli.  

Professor Poof’s Magical Musical Ride Delights All

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Recently, a large and enthusiastic audience of 2nd through 6th graders from the Ken-Ton School District, near Buffalo, NY, was treated to a unique concert-going experience: Professor Poof's Magical Musical Ride, an original children’s concert conceived for the stage by Dr. Gerard Floriano. Featuring lively characters, vibrant costumes, dancers, magical stage-craft and theatrical surprises, this original work was brought to musical life by the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra to great cheers and applause.

Maestro Floriano to lead Conductor's Institute at Opera Viva

This coming July, Maestro Floriano will embark upon his third season leading the Conductor’s Institute at Opera Viva di Verona, in Verona, Italy - a three-week seminar for advanced young singers, conductors and accompanists.

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