Violinist, 19, from Slovakia to play with youth orchestra Chesapeake musicians performed in his country during summer program

January 19, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jozef Horvath, the gifted 19-year-old winner of the 1994 Slovak Conservatories Violin Competition, is in Annapolis this weekend to perform with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Horvath, a student of master teacher Albin Vrtel, comes to Annapolis thanks to a relationship forged last summer by local musicians and the State Conservatory of Bratislava.

The 40 musicians of the Chesapeake orchestra visited the Republic of Slovakia last July, not just to be sightseers at medieval castles, Gothic cathedrals, picturesque churches and impressive Baroque palaces, but to perform.

At the conservatory, Slovakia's foremost school of music, they played several side-by-side concerts with Slovakia's finest young musicians.

The Slovaks were invited to send one of their young soloists to Annapolis to perform in concert with the youth symphony.

That soloist has arrived. Mr. Horvath is to perform the sunny, lyrical G-major Violin Concerto of Mozart with the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Maryland Hall.

The program also includes Beethoven's blockbuster "Leonore" Overture No. 3 and the exotic, endlessly colorful tone poem "Scheherazade" of Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov.

The concert also will afford listeners the opportunity to size up Mark Allen McCoy, the orchestra's new conductor. Mr. McCoy, a doctoral student at the Peabody Conservatory, ascended the podium in November after the resignation of Scott Speck. Mr. Speck left to become assistant conductor of the Savannah (Ga.) Symphony.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 647-8474.

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