Great Works by Great Performers at “The Classical Concert,” Jan. 14
December 17, 2015
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often than not, composers of an earlier time were also great performers. Mozart
was a triple threat as a virtuoso pianist, violinist and violist in addition to
his incomparable gifts as a composer. Beethoven earned early fame as a concert
pianist, and Stravinsky also had a reputation as a fine pianist. On Thursday,
January 14 at 7:30 p.m., audiences can experience works by all three of these
legendary musicians at “The Classical Concert.” This Crowe Horwath Great Eras
series concert will take place in St. Cecilia Music Center’s intimate Royce
Auditorium and will feature the talents of violinist Angelo Xiang Yu. Music
Advisor Larry Rachleff will lead the performance.
program begins with Stravinsky’s “Concertino for Twelve Instruments,” a rarely
performed masterpiece featuring the composer’s trademark dry wit, spiky rhythms
and bittersweet lyricism. Next on the program is Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No.
4,” written when the composer was a teenager in the service of the Salzburg
court. The piece exploits the tonally-concocted capacity of D Major,
well-suited to violin music because of the structure of the instrument.
Audiences will hear these brilliant sounds as guest soloist Angelo Xiang Yu,
winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in
2010, performs the shining entrance and rich arpeggios.
concert concludes with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2.” During the composition of
his Second Symphony, Beethoven came to terms with every musician’s worst
fear—that his encroaching deafness was permanent and incurable. Despite the
circumstances, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2” is one of his most humorous,
energetic and outgoing works. The piece’s joviality may have provided Beethoven
with comfort during his state of despair.
from the above works will be performed during “The Classical Coffee Concert,”
Friday, January 15 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia’s Royce Auditorium. The Porter
Hills Coffee Classics series is perfect for daytime audiences with its one-hour
format and offers complimentary coffee and donuts at a 9:00 a.m. reception.
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 “Piano Extravaganza” on January 21 and “Virtuosity” on
hear a reprise of “The Classical Concert,” tune into Blue Lake Public Radio on
FM 88.9 or FM 90.3 for its rebroadcast on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
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 at St. Cecilia Music
Center 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 200,000. 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.