Friday, February 18, 2011

This week: Picardy and the White Swan

As part of the KSO’s search for a new concertmaster, the three finalists for the position have been asked to perform solo recitals at Pellissippi State. About a month ago, we heard our first candidate, Gabriel Lefkowicz, give a fine recital, performing works of Bach, Beethoven, Wieniawski and Ravel, accompanied by pianist Kevin Class. On Monday, Feb. 21 our second candidate, Joseph Meyer, will present works by Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Messiaen and Alard at the same location, Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center. Mr. Meyer is currently concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans, and assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival (Boulder) in the summer. The recital is free, but it is necessary to reserve a seat. Here is a link to the KSO site with more particulars.]

The series of recitals by concertmaster candidates is a wonderful opportunity to experience the raw artistry of the candidates in a setting that is different from the usual concertmaster roles, “unplugged,” as it were, from the orchestra. On Thursday and Friday nights next week, we will be able to see and hear Mr. Meyer’s rendition of the solos from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite. The February Masterworks concert will also feature Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Chopin’s Piano Concerto #2 in F Minor with guest soloist Orli Shaham, and Liszt’s monumental Les Préludes.

In more ways than one, this will be an exciting stage in the quest to discover who will become first mate for our ship of sound. The amount of violin talent out there is staggering. All three of the candidates are already making their respective marks in an international way.

Also next week, Picardy Penguin will be landing Thursday morning the 24th to great fanfare with a delightful Picardy-esque look at the building blocks of music: melody, rhythm, and harmony. Soprano Katy Wolfe Zahn will join in a show aimed at the 3- to 8-year-olds in our fan base (and their parents!) that will feature music of Offenbach, Glière, Beethoven, Bizet, Lucas Richman and Johann Strauss. Here’s a link to those concerts at the Tennessee Theater- tickets are available for the 11:00 am performance, which has been added since the 9:30 show has been sold out...

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