VSO Masterworks Se­ries Fi­nale Presents Rus­sian Block­busters

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Burling­ton, VT


Ver­mont Sym­phony Orches­tra sea­son fi­nale on Satur­day, May 4, presents two block­buster works--Rach­mani­noff’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 3 and Rim­sky-Kor­sakov’s Scheherazade. The con­cert, con­ducted by VSO mu­sic di­rec­tor, Jaime Laredo, features ac­claimed pi­anist Natasha Parem­ski. This spe­cial per­for­mance at the Flynn Cen­ter in Burling­ton be­gins at 8:00 p.m.

The Rach­mani­noff con­certo, know as “Rach Three,” fea­tured in the Os­car­win­ning movie, Shine, is feared by even giants of the key­board for its leg­endary dif­fi­culty. Scheherazade is an­other work with mu­si­cal de­mands pro­vid­ing lush re­wards for the au­di­ence. Fan­tas­tic au­ral im­ages and bravura or­ches­tral so­los con­vey the fairy tale won­ders of “A Thou­sand and One Nights.”

With her con­sis­tently dy­namic per­for­mances, 24 year-old pi­anist Natasha Parem­ski re­veals as­tound­ing vir­tu­os­ity. She con­tin­ues to win over au­di­ences with her mu­si­cal sen­si­bil­ity and flaw­less tech­nique. The award-win­ning pi­anist was born in Moscow and be­gan her pi­ano stud­ies at the age of four at the An­dreyev School of Mu­sic. In 1995 she em­i­grated with her fam­ily to the United States; she be­came a U.S. cit­i­zen in 2001. She stud­ied at the San Fran­cisco Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic be­fore mov­ing to New York to study at Mannes Col­lege of Mu­sic, from which she grad­u­ated in 2007. Her grow­ing list of awards in­cludes the Prix Mont­blanc 2007, the 2006 Gil­more Young Artist Award, top prize in the 2002 Bro­nis­law Kaper Awards spon­sored by the Los An­ge­les Phil­har­monic, and top prize in the Young Artists in Carnegie Hall 2000 In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Fes­ti­val.

A pre-con­cert dis­cus­sion, “Mu­si­cally Speak­ing,” mod­er­ated by VPR clas­si­cal mu­sic host Joe Goetz will be held at 7 p.m., free for mem­bers of the au­di­ence. The dis­cus­sion will fea­ture Jaime Laredo and Natasha Parem­ski pro­vid­ing in­sight into the mu­sic, com­posers, and mu­si­cians.

Con­certs by the VSO are made pos­si­ble in part by the State of Ver­mont and in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and foun­da­tions through­out Ver­mont. Ver­mont Pub­lic Ra­dio is the co-spon­sor for the 2012/2013 sea­son. WCVT-FM is the 2012/2013 Masterworks se­ries me­dia spon­sor. Trapp Lager is the of­fi­cial lager of the VSO. Ad­di­tional sup­port is pro­vided by the Con­cert Artists Fund of the Ver­mont Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, and the Lin­til­hac Foun­da­tion. This con­cert is spon­sored by The Au­tomas­ter; Dinse, Knapp & McAn­drew; Kit­tell, Brana­gan, and Sar­gent; North­east Delta Dental; and Westaff; with un­der­writ­ing sup­port from Bravo So­ci­ety mem­bers Yoine and Elaine Gold­stein.

Sin­gle tick­ets for the May con­cert start at $16. Stu­dent tick­ets are avail­able for $9. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or tick­ets, please visit the Flyn­nTix Re­gional Box Of­fice web­site at www.fly­n­tix.org, tele­phone (802) 86-FLYNN (863-5966), or visit the VSO web­site at www.vso.org.

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24 year-old pi­anist Natasha Parem­ski re­veals as­tound­ing vir­tu­os­ity.

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Con­ducted VSO mu­sic di­rec­tor, Jaime Laredo.

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