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 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 exuberant "Emperor" Concerto - Beethoven's fifth and last work in the genre - No. 4 brings interludes of introspection that are among the most beautiful in the classical canon.
Weidner's "Elegy" elicited such a positive response when it was premiered at Woods Memorial that the orchestra leadership decided to bring it to Maryland Hall.