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Jorge Mester

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Jorge Mester is probably the more essential American conductors of his era. He increased to prominence like a champ of modern music, performing and recording functions by Cowell, Crumb, Mennin, Piston, Ginastera, Chávez, Penderecki, and many more. He produced over 70 recordings of songs, mainly for the pioneering CRI label. In old age, he still dedicated enough time to modern functions by composers like Cup, Michael Daugherty, and Joan Tower. Mester also carried out many standards within the orchestral repertory and established fact in the world of opera for his shows of Salome, Cavalleria Rusticana, Ì Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, and many more at venues just like the NEW YORK Opera, Washington Opera, Spoleto Event, and Sydney Opera. Mester’s recordings can be found on a multitude of brands, including Naxos, Albany Information, Vanguard, and Telarc. Jorge Mester was created in Mexico Town on Apr 10, 1935, to Hungarian-immigrant parents. He examined conducting on the Juilliard College of Music, where his most significant instructor was Jean Morel. He afterwards had taken lessons from Leonard Bernstein and William Schuman. At his 1955 performing debut, he led the Country wide Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. He came back to Juilliard in 1958 to instruct both performing and literature, departing in 1968. He rejoined the faculty down the road (1976-1978 and 1980-1988); his learners there included Adam Conlon, JoAnn Falletta, John Nelson, and Dennis Russell Davies. Mester’s initial important post emerged in 1961, when he was appointed music movie director of New York’s Greenwich Community Symphony Orchestra. He offered just one period, but by this time around was busily discovering various other vistas, including opera — he previously effectively debuted with Salome on the 1960 Spoleto Celebration. In 1967 Mester was appointed music movie director from the Louisville Orchestra, and it had been with this ensemble that he produced a lot more than 70 recordings, a lot of which drew worldwide acclaim. Mester offered as music movie director from the Aspen Event from 1970 until 1991 and was conductor from the ill-fated Kansas Town Philharmonic from 1972 to 1975. Mester remaining his post in Louisville in 1979 to utilize the Casals Event in Puerto Rico. The second option section of Mester’s profession devoted to two essential positions, both which he still kept in 2007: he became music movie director from the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra in 1984 and of the Mexico Town Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998.

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Full Name Jorge Mester
Profession Violinist, Music Director
Education Juilliard School
Nationality Mexican
Albums Roque Cordero: Symphony No. 2 in One Movement - Henry Brant: On the Nature of Things, After Lucretius, Henry Cowell: Sinfonietta - Carlos Surinach: Melorhythmic Dramas, Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra! / Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 ("Organ"), Boris Blacher: Orchestral Ornament, Op. 44 - Francis Poulenc: Deux Marches et un Intermède - Darius Milhaud: Cortège Funèbre, Roy Harris: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Overture - Walter Piston: Symphony No. 1 - John Weinzweig: Symphonic Ode, Leon Kirchner: Toccata for Strings, Solo Winds, & Percussion - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite from "Hamlet," Op. 32, Leo Ornstein: Nocturne & Dance of the Fates - Arthur Foote: Francesca Da Rimini - Arthur Bird: Carnival Scene, Copland & Menotti: Piano Concertos, Vincent Persichetti: Symphony No. 8 - Wallingford Riegger: Study in Sonority, for Ten Violins, Op. 7, Danzas Fantásticas, Karel Husa: Two Sonnets from Michelangelo - Matthias Bamert: Septuria Lunaris, Silvestre Revueltas: Redes (Complete) - Alberto Ginastera: Ollantay (A Symphonic Triptych), Français modern vol. 1:Honegger and Ibert, Dohnányi: Ruralia Hungarica – Symphonic Minutes – Suite in F-Sharp Minor, Carlos Chávez: Suite de Caballos de Vapor (Horsepower Suite) - Enrique Granados: "Dante" Symphonic Poem, Op. 21, Dominick Argento: Royal Invitation (Homage to the Queen of Tonga) - Jacob Druckman: Lamia, Arthur Honegger: Prélude pour Aglavaine et Sélysette - Peter Mennin: Concerto for Cello & Orchestra, Heitor Villa-Lobos: Danses Africaines - John Addison: Concerto for Trumpet, Strings, & Percussion, Frank Martin: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra - Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra, Op. 77, Volume 2, Digital Album 2, Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 2, Op. 36, No. 1 - Goffredo Petrassi: "Noche Oscura," Cantata per Coro Misto e Orchestra (Cantata for Mixed Chorus & Orchestra)


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1 During the 70's he performed with Frank Zappa's band "Grand Wazoo" on a European and East Coast tour, and later participated in an experimental 43-piece electronic/acoustical orchestra that performed two concerts at Royce hall.
2 Thomas Raney has held the position of principal timpani/percussion with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1995 after previously holding that position from 1973-1985. He is also the principal timpanist with both the Pasadena Symphony under Jorge Mester and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Predator 1987 musician: percussion - uncredited
Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation 1986 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Color Purple 1985 musician: percussion - uncredited
Gremlins 1984 musician: percussion - uncredited
Poltergeist 1982 musician: percussion - uncredited
Stripes 1981 musician: percussion - uncredited
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 musician: percussion - uncredited
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 musician: percussion - uncredited
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977 musician - uncredited
The Car 1977 musician: drums, percussion - uncredited
Ice Age: Collision Course 2016 musician: percussion - uncredited
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 musician: cembalo / musician: percussion - uncredited
Blades of Glory 2007 musician: percussion - uncredited
All the King's Men 2006 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Ant Bully 2006 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Shaggy Dog 2006 musician: percussion - uncredited
Eight Below 2006 musician: percussion - uncredited
The New World 2005 musician: percussion - uncredited
Munich 2005 musician: percussion - uncredited
Chicken Little 2005 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Legend of Zorro 2005 musician: percussion - uncredited
Flightplan 2005 musician: percussion - uncredited
Dark Water 2005 musician: percussion - uncredited
War of the Worlds 2005 musician: percussion - uncredited
Flight of the Phoenix 2004 musician: percussion - uncredited
I, Robot 2004 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Day After Tomorrow 2004 musician: percussion - uncredited
Timeline 2003 musician: percussion - uncredited
Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003 musician: percussion - uncredited
Beyond Borders 2003 musician: percussion - uncredited
Elf 2003 musician: percussion - uncredited
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 musician: percussion - uncredited
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 musician: percussion - uncredited
Bruce Almighty 2003 musician: percussion - uncredited
Final Destination 2 2003 musician: percussion
The Tuxedo 2002 musician: percussion - uncredited
Lilo & Stitch 2002 musician: percussion - uncredited
Enough 2002/I musician: percussion - uncredited
The Scorpion King 2002 musician: percussion - uncredited
Dragonfly 2002 musician: percussion - uncredited
Collateral Damage 2002 musician: percussion - uncredited
Return to Never Land 2002 musician: percussion
Joy Ride 2001 musician: percussion - uncredited
Bubble Boy 2001 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Patriot 2000 musician: percussion - uncredited
Toy Story 2 1999 musician: percussion - uncredited
Independent's Day 1998 TV Movie documentary musician: percussion - uncredited
Conspiracy Theory 1997 musician: percussion - uncredited
Mars Attacks! 1996 musician: percussion - uncredited
Escape from L.A. 1996 musician: percussion - uncredited
The Nutty Professor 1996 musician: percussion - uncredited
Jumanji 1995 musician - uncredited
Toy Story 1995 musician: percussion - uncredited
Waterworld 1995 musician: percussion - uncredited
I'll Do Anything 1994 musician: percussion - uncredited
Cool World 1992 musician: percussion
As Time Goes By 1992 TV Series musician - 6 episodes
Child's Play 1988 musician: percussion - uncredited
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 musician: percussion - uncredited

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