Concert by youth orchestra scheduled

Spring program includes Tchaikovsky, Lalo, Beethoven, Weidner

March 01, 2001|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Some of Maryland's finest young musicians will come together Saturday evening when the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra presents its Gala Spring Concert at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

The 7 p.m. concert will be led by the orchestra's music director, David Ik-Sung Choo, who will conduct works by Tchaikovsky, Lalo and Beethoven in addition to the "Elegy" composed by Raymond Weidner, composer and choirmaster at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.

Soloing in the first movement of Edouard Lalo's sultry "Symphonie Espagnole" will be violinist Robert Burnett, 17, of Bowie, winner of this season's Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Joining Choo and the orchestra in the G major Piano Concerto of Beethoven will be Brian Ganz, an Annapolis concert pianist who has been appointed to the piano faculty of Baltimore's Peabody Institute.

"I'm thrilled and honored to be participating in this concert with these talented young musicians," says Ganz, who recently performed with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington. "And it's especially nice to be performing my favorite piano concerto which, I happen to think, is about the best single piece of music ever composed."

Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto is one of the most lyrical, nobly poetic statements ever made by a musical artist. Perched between the imperious Third Concerto in C minor and the dashing, exuberant "Emperor" Concerto, Beethoven's fifth and last work in the genre, No. 4 brings interludes of delicate introspection that are among the most beautiful in the classical canon.

Ganz has performed the piece several times, most notably with the Colorado Symphony and its budding superstar conductor, Marin Alsop, who might one day become the first woman to head one of America's major symphony orchestras.

Weidner's "Elegy" elicited such a positive response when it was premiered at Woods Memorial that the youth orchestra leadership decided to bring it to the Maryland Hall stage.

"As the name suggests, it is a lyrical work," says the composer, who scored it for solo cello, harp and strings.

Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet," with its soaring love theme, will round out the program.

The concert will be preceded by a cocktail buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m. at which guests will be entertained by orchestra members playing chamber music. The orchestra's Flute Choir under the direction of Gail Vehslage also will perform.

Tickets for the concert and buffet are $35, and for the concert only, $20.

Reservations: 410-798-6087 or 410-263-2664.

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