REVIEW: CCM Prof. Dwight Parry 'soars' in CSO oboe concerto world premiere

Janelle Gelfand spotlights the 'spellbinding' performance of a new work by Guillaume Connesson

The Cincinnati Business Courier shared a concert review by Janelle Gelfand that praised the recent Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performance of Guillaume Connesson’s Les belles heures, an oboe concerto featuring the orchestra's principal oboist and CCM faculty member Dwight Parry.

Dwight Parry performing with the CSO. Photo by Mark Lyons.

Dwight Parry performing with the CSO. Photo by Mark Lyons.

Led by Music Director Louis Langrée, the CSO's concert showcased the world premiere of Connesson's piece and Rachmanioff's Symphony No. 2 in E Minor in addition to Parry performing a "haunting rendition" of Gabriel's Oboe, the theme from the film "The Mission."

"It's rare to hear a new piece of music that is so spellbinding you instantly want to hear it again," Gelfand wrote of Connesson's piece. She went on to praise the orchestra for its performance as well as Parry's "nuanced artisty and technical flair." 

Parry has been an oboe faculty member at CCM since 2015. Previously, he was the principal oboist of the San Diego Symphony and was a fellow with the New World Symphony. In addition to serving as principal oboist at the CSO, he has performed as guest principal with groups including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera and the Deutsche Symphonie of Berlin. Originally from coastal Southern California, he found his passion for music studying piano, voice and jazz saxophone. It was not until late in high school, however, that he began playing the oboe and truly found his calling. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack and at the University of Southern California with Allan Vogel and David Weiss, a gentleman who also taught him to surf.

Parry performs and teaches internationally in concertos, recitals, master classes and chamber music. Past appearances have featured the works of Mozart, Goossens, Haydn, Bach, Strauss, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Barber and Marcello. He was recently the featured soloist in Mexico City for Vaughan-Williams' wonderful concerto for oboe. This season, he will be the soloist for The Flower Clock by Jean Francaix with the Ohio Valley Symphony. He will also perform the Strauss Oboe Concerto for his third subscription solo appearance with the Cincinnati Symphony. In addition to his position at CCM, Parry is an adjunct faculty member of Northern Kentucky University. He also teaches privately and gives master classes at schools and festivals throughout the year.

When he's not holding an oboe, you'll often find Parry in the audience for local concerts and plays, including Broadway, jazz and bluegrass as well as opera and symphony performances. He spends the rest of his time hiking, running, volunteering, tossing frisbees, reading and creating curiosities in the kitchen. Parry is a Loreé artist and performs exclusively on Loreé oboes.

About Oboe Studies at CCM

The study of oboe at CCM is strongly performance based. The cornerstone of all degree programs is private lessons with faculty, who serve as mentors for students and direct their individual musical, performing and teaching growth. 

The curriculum emphasizes the development of the well-rounded, holistic musician by providing a solid background in music history and theory as well as areas specific to each musical medium. Undergraduate students enjoy a close collaboration with the University of Cincinnati through a general education core that supplements their education with academic course work while graduate students specialize more precisely in their chosen field. Learn more.

Featured image at the top: Dwight Parry performs with the CSO at Music Hall. Photo by Mark Lyons.

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