KU Symphony Orchestra with special guest Juan-Miguel Hernandez, viola

Conducted by Carolyn Watson

Juan-Miguel Hernandez is widely regarded as one of the finest young viola talents of his generation. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in some of the world’s leading halls, including Carnegie Hall and the King’s Place (London), among many others. Hernandez won the first prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition (Austria) and the ninth National Sphinx Competition, and in 2016, Hernandez was appointed as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music (London). Beyond his extensive classical repertoire, he has regularly performed with jazz legends Gary Burton, Stanley Clarke, Paquito D’Rivera and Chick Corea.

Hernandez will perform the Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto, H337 with the KU Symphony Orchestra, which is the premier orchestral organization at the KU School of Music led by Carolyn Watson.


  • Dvorak Carnival Overture
  • Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra – Soloist Juan-Miguel Hernandez
  • Schumann Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’

This program features the music of Martinu and Schumann, two composers who had public and difficult challenges with regard to mental health. KU Counseling and Psychological Services promote mental health issues, offering services on campus: 785-864-2277caps.ku.edu.

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