There are few musical experiences that rival the joy I derive from being on stage behind my cello. Conveying my passion for music through my voice in the instrument is my favourite way to connect with people. While the cello is my voice and my most comfortable companion on stage, I have come to truly love my role as conductor. The energy and community shared through so many fine musicians is palpable and being the conduit through which all that energy flows is a feeling unparalleled by anything I have experienced off the podium.
Saturday, October 15th and Sunday October 16th mark the beginning of my 4th concert year as the Music and Artistic Director of the Symphony of the Kootenays. It has been an amazing 4 years of working with some of the finest musicians I have met during my career do date. The dedication, support and energy that this group of people generate is astounding. Especially given that we come together only 4 times a year and then, only 2 rehearsals the day before and the day of the show!
Since my first year conducting this orchestra I have had many remarkable musical experiences. This concert stands to outshine them all. The program we are presenting is one of pure splendour and majesty. We start the show with a grandiose work by Edmonton based composer, Allan Gilliland entitled "Always be True" then step back a few hundred years to Vivaldi with his concerto for violin in F Major, better known as "Autumn" from the Four Seasons and will feature our new concert master, Cvetosar Vutev.
Following that we present the great Piano Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven featuring one of the most intuitive and talented musicians I have met, Amy Zanrosso. Amy grew up in Castlegar BC and has since made an extremely successful international career for herself as a highly sought after chamber musician across Canada and in the United States. See her website here
...and that is only the first half...
The entire second half of the concert is filled with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" a work known and loved by audiences across the world. With it's wide-sweeping melodies and playful tunes it calls on the orchestra to play with virtuosity rarely seen by a symphony. This is certainly one of the most ambitious works we have planned and I know I speak for myself and the orchestra when I say, we are looking forward to sharing this magical experience with our audience.
See you there!