BSO presents Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 November 14 & 15 at BPA

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra
Presents Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4
November 14 & 15: Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. & Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra launches its season with “Luminosity,” a new work by young composer Christopher Rogerson. Pulsating with energy and orchestral color, this piece lends the perfect opening to the orchestra’s new season. Rick Rowley, piano, will be showcased in Beethoven’s “Fourth Piano Concerto,” of which the opening measures are some of the most beautiful music Beethoven ever wrote. The concert concludes with Carl Nielsen’s “Symphony No. 3.” Maestro Schulz, a passionate advocate of Denmark’s most-famous composer, is delighted to once again bring Nielsen’s music to Bainbridge Performing Arts. This symphony radiates life affirmation and happiness, and it is stocked with themes that will leave audience members humming.

Maestro Wesley Schulz, who is garnering attention for his fresh programming and imaginative performances is pleased to return for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 – 2016 Season. Schulz is also Music Director of the Seattle Festival Orchestra and serves as Director of Orchestras at University of Puget Sound. Schulz was the Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra last season. Other upcoming and recent conducting engagements include the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Port Angeles Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and the Juneau Symphony. Since the beginning of his tenure in 2011, he has taken the orchestra and audience members on a dynamic musical journey showcasing winners from the Young Artist Concerto Competition, premiering works specifically commissioned for the BSO by composers Brett Kroening and Erich Stem, joining in an historic collaboration with the Bainbridge Chorale, side-by-side performances with the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra, and enlisting a star-studded cast of guest performers for each four-concert season filled with masterworks, beloved favorites, and original compositions

Joining the BSO for Beethoven’s “Fourth Piano Concerto,” pianist Rick Rowley leads a diverse artistic life. He has given concerts with many of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers, and his solo, concerto and collaborative performances have taken him throughout the United States, to Europe, and Latin America. He has taught and performed in the summer festivals for the French-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg and France, as well as numerous festivals in the United States. He has recorded highly-praised solo discs of Chopin, Liszt, Mompou, Granados, and American composers Richard Cumming, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and David Guion. He has also recorded several discs of chamber music and songs for voice and piano. On the Faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in the Butler School of Music for the past eleven years, Rowley’s performance of Schumann’s C major Fantasy, Op. 17, not only won the Austin Critics’ Table award for Instrumentalist of the Year, but was also named one of the 10 Best Performances of Music and Dance by the Austin Chronicle.

Soprano Victoria Robertson and baritone Charles Robert Stephen’s join the orchestra for the wordless vocal solos in the second movement of Neilsen’s “Symphony No. 3.” Robertson makes her BSO debut with this concert. Having previously performed with the San Diego Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, and the San Diego Opera, she is currently touring as a concert singer throughout the US and Europe. Stephens’s career spans a wide variety of roles and styles in opera and concert music. He has been hailed by The New York Times as a “baritone of smooth distinction,” and makes his second appearance with the BSO, with this concert.

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s opening concerts of the season are November 14 & 15, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. A pre-concert chat is offered on Sunday, November 15 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets, $19 for adults, and $16 for seniors, students, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to its Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra sponsors Fletcher Bay Foundation and San Carlos Restaurant. Each youth receives free admission when accompanied by a paying adult thanks to the BSO’s “Youth in Music Initiative” funded by Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are available for most programs to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

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