Youthful Genius on Display at “The Romantic Concert,” Friday, Nov. 6
October 21, 2015
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do Schubert, Mendelssohn and Stulberg International String Competition winner
Yaegy Park have in common? Audiences at “The Romantic Concert” will find out
when they hear iconic works celebrating youthful genius at the first Crowe
Horwath Great Eras series concert of 2015-16. Great Eras, a three-concert
series, is designed to explore the different periods of orchestral music. On
Friday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m., Associate Conductor John Varineau will lead
“The Romantic Concert” in the intimate setting of the Royce Auditorium at St.
Cecilia Music Center.
“Overture to Rosamunde” will start the program. Schubert was merely in his 20s
when he composed the piece capturing his trademark simple joy. The score begins
with a dark and brooding introduction featuring the solo oboe and woodwinds. It
is followed by the main body of the work written in sonata form, with an
energetic first theme followed by one of Schubert’s most recognizable and
beautiful melodies. A rousing coda concludes the piece.
the orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in
E Minor” with Stulberg Competition winner Yaegy Park. Ms. Park, a 17-year-old
violinist who won her first competition at the age of 4, has racked up numerous
“The Symphony continues to demonstrate a dedicated
investment to the community and to young people by bringing artists like Yaegy
Park to the stage. She’s 17 and already a world-class performer; she
demonstrates a drive and sense of artistry that we can all learn from,” says
Peter Kjome, Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO.
highlights for Ms. Park include performing with NPR’s “From the Top” where she
was selected for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and invitations to
perform with the Moscow Symphony and Hawum Chamber Orchestras at Carnegie
Hall’s Weill Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, among others. Ms. Park’s youthful
talent will be on display on this lyrical and flowing work.
“I am delighted to be performing Mendelssohn’s violin
concerto alongside the Grand Rapids Symphony. Mendelssohn, being only 29 when
he wrote the piece, exhibits a kind of youthful talent and brilliance within
the piece that I appreciate, being a young person myself,” says Park.
from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will follow the intermission.
The overture, set to Shakespeare’s popular play, was written when the composer
was only 17, but was turned into a full work 16 years later. The work contains
the world famous “Wedding March” that can be heard in wedding ceremonies around
the world. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” brings to life the playful sprites, braying
donkey, and young love of the play through chattering winds and dancing
interested in daytime concerts can enjoy selections from the above works during
“The Romantic Coffee Concert,” Friday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. at St.
Cecilia’s Royce Auditorium. The Coffee Classics series is sponsored by Porter
Hills. The one-hour concert will be preceded by a complimentary coffee and
donut reception beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Cecilia’s Music Center and the Grand Rapids Symphony are collaborating
throughout the 2015-16 Season to offer their supporters access to new musical
opportunities. Subscribers to the Crowe Horwath Great Eras series can receive
10% off at St. Cecilia’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series
concerts, including “The Golden Age of the Violin” on November 12, “Piano
Extravaganza” on January 21, and “Virtuosity” on March 17.
a reprise of “The Romantic Concert,” tune into Blue Lake Public Radio on FM
88.9 or FM 90.3. The program will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at
Tickets start at $26
and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa
NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling
616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee,
with a $12 maximum.) Tickets are available by phone in the evening and on
Saturday by calling 616.885.1241. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place Box
Office, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or on the day of the concert beginning two
hours prior to the performance. Tickets may also be purchased through
Ticketmaster, 800.982.2787, online at GRSymphony.org or in person at
Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Stores and
Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster
service fee. Full-time
students of any age are able to purchase tickets for only $5 on the night of
the concert by enrolling in the Symphony’s Student Passport program.
About the Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally
recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by
Music Advisor Larry Rachleff, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate
Conductor John Varineau, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide
range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented
each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit
are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through
extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony’s Affiliated
Organizations include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony
Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids
Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony also provides the orchestra for Opera
Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. To learn more about the Grand
Rapids Symphony please visit GRSymphony.org.
This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan
Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.