The concert on Mar. 26, will feature three musical selections, including Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48 by Tchaikovsky, Lyric for String Orchestra by George Walker, and Cappiello will be featured on Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss.
After Woodard performs in Italy, Cappiello will visit the United States to perform with the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra for a “cultural exchange.”
“Then, as a musical exchange, we have our last inside concert in May, and he is going to come here and be our soloist with the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra,” Woodard said.
It will be a great opportunity to see an international artist at no cost, he said, And there’s also the value of cultural exchange for both the musicians and the listeners. Although the concerts will be performed for live audiences, he hopes both performances will be made available for online viewers.
“It’s important for folks here to understand what the arts are like in Europe and vice versa, and that’s an invaluable experience, but I think it’s even more valuable right now as we come out of the pandemic and we’ve been without arts for such a long period of time, to now have opportunities to not just perform, but to talk and to exchange ideas, and do it in a musical platform. It’s really important that we continue the dialogue,” Woodard said.
He said these experiences put us in a position to not take the arts for granted, and they help us to appreciate different cultures.
“It’s incredibly meaningful for musicians to exchange with one another and walk in those footsteps that great musicians have walked in before. I think about all of the great Italian musicians who have performed at that place, so for me, it’s really meaningful to be able to go there and walk in their shadows, and I’m sure for Alberto, it will be the same to come here and perform with musicians,” Woodard said.