The music of a violinist's dreams

January 28, 1999|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Violinist Dawn Kittrell played Antonin Dvorak's Symphony "From the New World" with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony for the first time in 1994 from the middle of the second violin section, in awe of the majestic power of the great Czech composer's music.

"I heard that violin solo at the end of the second movement," she recalls, "and said to myself, `I want to play that some day.' "

Kittrell, a bright, self-assured senior at Annapolis High School, now serves as the orchestra's concertmaster, and Saturday she will get to play that solo she has dreamed about for five years.

Also on the program at 7: 30 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis will be Brahms' Fifth Hungarian Dance and portions of the Concertino for Trombone by Ferdinand David, a 19th-century German violinist, composer and friend of Felix Mendelssohn.

Soloist in the Concertino will be principal trombonist Graham Middleton, 17, a senior at Easton High School.

This performance is the full-length concert debut of the orchestra's new conductor, David Ik-Sung Choo, 36, a graduate of Peabody Conservatory.

Choo, who also serves as music director of the Camerata Orchestra in Columbia, conducted the youth symphony's junior ensemble, the Repertory Orchestra, from 1994 to 1996.

He comes highly recommended by his players.

Kittrell says, "He works us hard, but he's very motivational and inspirational. The orchestra likes him a lot."

Information: 410-263-2664.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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