Violinist to perform under sponsorship of Candlelight Concert Society HOWARD COUNTY DIVERSIONS

January 15, 1993|By Patrick Hickerson | Patrick Hickerson,Contributing Writer

This weekend, Howard County will be the setting for a musician in transition: one who appears to be shedding the well-worn jacket of prodigy for the mantle of a master.

Violinist Scott St. John, a 22-year-old native of London, Ontario, will perform at three locations today through Sunday. The three-day "residency" is sponsored by the Candlelight Concert Society of Howard County.

Mr. St. John, who began studying the violin at age 3, has collected an impressive set of awards in classical music competitions: first prize, 1987 Alexander Schneider Violin/Viola Competition; 1989 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Prize of Youth Concert Artists; 1989 winnerof the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; and, in 1990, the first recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award.

He has performed with the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Montreal symphony orchestras as well as the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. St. John's visit to Howard County isn't his first. He played with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for the Columbia Festival of the Arts in 1991.

"He is so young, and he has garnered so many awards," said Bonita Bush, executive director of the Candlelight Concert Society of Howard County. "His career is so promising."

Critics have described his performances as "poised" and "musically intelligent."

Ms. Bush noted that Mr. St. John is both a good soloist and an accomplished chamber musician.

"It takes a little more subtlety [to be a chamber musician]," she said. "You have to deal with people and your instrument. It takes maturity, perception and sensitivity. He's a well-rounded young man."

Today's performance will be at 12:15 p.m. at Centennial High School's auditorium, where he will lead a lecture and demonstration for middle and high school students. The public is invited.

His second performance will be in a more traditional setting, a recital for the Candlelight Concert chamber music series, at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Smith Theatre of Howard Community College.

The evening's program will include Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3; Bartok's First Rhapsody; Paganini's Caprices No. 11 and 24; Hindemith's Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31, No. 2; and Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" and Fantasy on "Carmen."

Tickets for the recital are $15 and $13 for senior citizens and full-time students.

Mr. St. John will spend his final day with the Performing Arts Series for Children from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Smith Theatre.

This program is designed for younger audiences and families. Tickets for adults and children are $6.

Mr. St. John is to make his debut in Washington Feb. 3 at the Kennedy Center -- five years after his New York debut.

For further information, contact the Candlelight Concert Society at 715-0034 or (301) 596-6203.

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