Kyle Szabo, Guest Conductor
Featured Soloist, Ryan Little, Horn
Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 3:00 PM
Moorings Presbyterian Church
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Idomeneo Overture
- César Franck (1822-1890) Quatre Pieces Brèves (orch. by Henri Büsser)
- Richard Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 1,
Ryan Little, horn, and Orchestra
- Sibelius Valse Triste and Valse Romantique
- Gounod Symphony No. 1
Kyle Szabo - Orchestra Director
Kyle Szabo serves as the Orchestra Director at FGCU, where he directs the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Under Szabo’s direction, the Symphony Orchestra has grown significantly. The Chamber Orchestra, started in the fall of 2016, now tours around the state and is invited to perform at a variety of venues. Szabo has also been appointed Conductor of the Southwest Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra. He frequently travels throughout Florida as a clinician for middle and high schools, adjudicator at competitions, and as a guest conductor with professional and community orchestras.
Szabo performs as a violinist and violist, and has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician in several different states. He was previously a faculty member at Ripon College (Wisconsin) as Director of Orchestral Activities. Szabo earned a Doctorate in conducting at James Madison University, a Master of Music in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Rutgers University.
Ryan Little - Principal Horn
Ryan Little was born in Burke, Virginia, to a musical family. He began studying piano at age 3 before switching to viola, then to the trumpet and finally to the horn at age 10. Ryan received his Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2017, where he studied with William VerMeulen of the Houston Symphony. In 2015, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where he studied with Gail Williams and Jonathan Boen.
Ryan has performed with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The Florida Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. He won Second Prize and the Gretchen Snedeker Prize at the 2013 International Horn Competition of America. In 2014, he was selected as a finalist for the International Horn Society’s Premier Soloist Competition in London, England, and at the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf, Germany. As a concert soloist, he has performed with the Naples Philharmonic, Northwestern University’s Baroque Music Ensemble and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie (Montréal), and the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra.
During the summers, he has performed at the Britt Music & Arts Festival and the Sun Valley Music Festival. He also participated as a fellow in the Castleton Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, National Orchestral Institute and Festival, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, Spoleto Festival USA, Tanglewood Music Center, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas. Ryan performs on an instrument made in 2012 by Karl Hill of Rockford, Michigan.