Beethoven's Romance in G, Op 40 performed by violinist Katie Wolfe with the CSO orchestra will open the Spring Concert the evening of April 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM. The Beethoven Romance was the later of two Romances the composer wrote around 1800, possibly as preliminary compositions for a future violin concerto. Although it is designated as No 1 in Beethoven's catalog, it was composed second. The Romance in G is noted as number one because it was published first.
Volkan Orhon will perform Ernest Bloch's Prayer, from the composer's trilogy of short pieces, From Jewish Life. This set of three short pieces is dedicated to Hans Kindler, who had given the premiere of Bloch's cello masterpiece Schelomo at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1917. They explore the entire range of the solo instrument.
The visiting duo will join forces to conclude the concert with stirring composition from Giovanni Bottesini, a composer and conductor of note from the second half of the nineteenth century.
In June 2017, the CSO will again offer a free public concert for the citizens of Clinton and the surrounding areas. Riverview Park along the Clinton waterfront is the site of the concert, which begins at 6:30 pm. Friends of the symphony are encouraged to attend and bring along with them their family members and neighbors.
Musical selections cover a broad range including the light classical, Broadway, television, and motion pictures genres.
Symphony @ Riverview events in previous years have been well attended by the public. To some it has become an annual social musical occasion much anticipated.
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Violinist Katie Wolfe leads an intriguing career mix as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and adjudicator. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Soviet Union, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. She also shares her passion for music as a teacher. Originally from Minnesota, she joined the string faculty of The University of Iowa in 2004 as Associate Professor of Violin. Prior to teaching in Iowa, Ms. Wolfe taught violin, viola, and chamber music at Oklahoma State University. She also served as Associate Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
Ms. Wolfe has recorded for Centaur Records, Albany Records, Newport Classics, and Kleos Classics. During the 2006-2007 season, she recorded the Sonatas for Violin and Piano of Danish composer Niels Gade, the music of Madison composer Laura Schwendinger, and a piano quartet by David Gompper. In 2006, she made the first recording of a “rediscovered” Sonata for Piano and Violin by Joseph Haydn with Byron Schenkman, released by Centaur Records in 2006.
Ms. Wolfe is a founding member of the Matisse Piano Trio, formed in 2004 with fellow University of Iowa faculty pianist Ksenia Nosikova and cellist Anthony Arnone. The trio is as committed to teaching as well as performing, and they have given masterclasses and performances at universities and other concert venues in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Hawaii...(continue)
Acclaimed for his musicality and virtuosity, Volkan Orhon has established himself as one of the top double bassists in the world today. He was a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City, and was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. Additionally, he distinguished himself as the first double bass player ever to win the grand prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teacher's Association Solo Competition.
Mr. Orhon has performed with internationally-recognized musicians including Gary Karr, Fazil Say, and the Emerson and Tokyo String Quartets. He has been a soloist with the Adana and Bursa State Symphony Orchestras (Turkey), the El Paso, Cedar Rapids, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, The Connecticut Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and New Britain Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Orhon has been a guest with the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival (NY), the Saint Vincent College Chamber Music Series (PA), and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. He has also performed at prestigious festivals including the Montreux, Saint Denis-Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul, and Izmir jazz festivals. As an orchestra musician, he has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Hartford Symphony and Connecticut Opera Orchestras.
As a pedagogue, Mr. Orhon has been an invited clinician to workshops across the U.S. and abroad, including conferences for the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the International Society of Bassists. He has given recitals and master classes at institutions including the Bursa State Conservatory and Eskisehir Anatolian University (Turkey), Arizona State University, University of Michigan, Butler University, and Northwestern University. He has served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford....(continue)
Born in 1874, Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (1874-1956) missed by a decade or so of becoming one of the so-called 'brats' of Russian music, that group of musicians and composers (Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich) who delighted in confounding and antagonizing the Russian and Soviet music establishments represented by Peter Tchaikovsky, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and later, by Alexander Glazunov, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Glière was born in Kiev. He was the second son of a wind instrument maker, Ernst Moritz Glier from Saxony, who emigrated to Russia where he married Józefa (Josephine) Korczak. His baptismal name was Reinhold Ernest Glier (gleer). About the time he began teaching at the Gnesin School of Music in 1900, he changed the spelling and pronunciation of his surname to Glière (glee-air), which gave rise to the false notion that he was of French descent.
Glière graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1900 with the skills necessary to garner a teaching position at the Gnesin School of Music in Moscow where he taught theory to such students as Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Miaskovsky, among many. He took a leave of absence from the Gnesin School in 1905 to study conducting...(continue)
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