Read­ing Sym­phony Orches­tra to present ‘Pic­ture This!’

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The Read­ing Sym­phony Orches­tra, led by Mu­sic Di­rec­tor An­drew Con­stan­tine, con­cludes its 105th sea­son with “Pic­ture This!” on Satur­day, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the San­tander Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter. Lo­cal artist Michele Byrne will paint the orches­tra in real time through­out the con­cert, and her work will be pro­jected over the orches­tra as it is in process.

The con­cert fea­tures Mus­sorgsky’s evoca­tive Pic­tures at an Ex­hi­bi­tion; Shostakovich’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 2 fea­tur­ing Rus­sian pi­anist Ilya Yaku­shev; and Tchaikovsky’s Capric­cio Ital­ien, a col­lec­tion of Ital­ian dances and songs.

Grad­u­at­ing mem­bers of the Orches­tra Zone pro­gram, which pro­vides free in­stru­men­tal mu­sic lessons to the stu­dents of the Read­ing School Dis­trict (grades 6-9), will be rec­og­nized on-stage for their ac­com­plish­ments dur­ing the con­cert.

Tick­ets for the May 5th con­cert can be pur­chased in-per­son at the San­tander Cen­ter Box Of­fice, through Tick­et­mas­ter, by call­ing the RSO of­fice at 610-3737557 or email­ing tick­ets@read­ingsym­phony.org.

About the Artists:

Rus­sian pi­anist Ilya Yaku­shev has ap­peared as pi­ano soloist with the Mari­in­sky The­atre Orches­tra, San Fran­cisco Sym­phony, BBC Con­cert Orches­tra, Bos­ton Pops, Rochester Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, Utah Sym­phony, and St. Peters­burg Phil­har­monic, in ad­di­tion to per­form­ing in var­i­ous pres­ti­gious venues world­wide in­clud­ing Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Davies Sym­phony Hall in San Fran­cisco, Vic­to­ria Hall in Sin­ga­pore, and Se­jong Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Seoul, Korea. Win­ner of the 2005 World Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion, Yaku­shev’s ad­di­tional awards in­clude First Prize at the Donos­tia Hiria In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion in San Se­bas­tian, Spain; The Award for Ex­cel­lence in Per­for­mance, pre­sented to him by the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion in Moscow; and the pres­ti­gious Ga­won In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s Award in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Yaku­shev at­tended the Rim­sky-Kor­sakov Col­lege of Mu­sic in his na­tive St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia, and at­tended Mannes Col­lege of Mu­sic in New York City. He is a Yamaha artist.

Michele Byrne of Wy­omiss­ing is known for her plein air paint­ing, which refers to paint­ing out­doors or in the open air. She earned her BFA from Kutztown Uni­ver­sity, and worked in graphic de­sign for 20 years while paint­ing in her free time. She has been paint­ing full­time since 2001, and her work is fea­tured in gal­leries across the coun­try. She has re­ceived many awards and recog­ni­tions, in­clud­ing hav­ing achieved Sig­na­ture Mem­ber­ship sta­tus with the Amer­i­can Im­pres­sion­ist So­ci­ety. Her art has been in­flu­enced by Sar­gent, Toulouse-La­trec, Berthe Morisot, C.W. Mundy, Carolyn An­der­son, Richard Sch­mid, Dan McCaw, and oth­ers. Byrne has won nu­mer­ous awards for her plein air and stu­dio work in­clud­ing the Award of Ex­cel­lence at the Rocky Moun­tain Plein Air Painters In­vi­ta­tional and 2nd Prize in the Ur­ban Life Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Sal­ma­gundi Club in New York City.

An­drew Con­stan­tine was ap­pointed Mu­sic Di­rec­tor of the Read­ing Sym­phony Orches­tra in April 2007 fol­low­ing a two year search in­volv­ing nearly three hun­dred con­duc­tors and was named Mu­sic Di­rec­tor of the Fort Wayne Phil­har­monic in in July 2009. Pre­vi­ously, Con­stan­tine served as As­so­ciate Con­duc­tor of the Bal­ti­more Sym­phony Orches­tra for three years fol­low­ing an ap­point­ment by Yuri Temirkanov in 2004. Con­stan­tine works reg­u­larly with nearly all of the top Bri­tish or­ches­tras in­clud­ing the Royal Phil­har­monic and the Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra as well as hav­ing strong re­la­tion­ships with a num­ber of Euro­pean and Scan­di­na­vian or­ches­tras in­clud­ing the St. Peters­burg Phil­har­monic. In the United States, Con­stan­tine has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for imag­i­na­tive and com­pelling pro­gram­ming as well as a pro­found com­mit­ment to mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion. In 2003, he was awarded the de­gree of Hon­orary Doc­tor of Mu­sic by the Uni­ver­sity of Le­ices­ter for his “con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic” and was also awarded a highly pres­ti­gious Bri­tish NESTA Fel­low­ship.

PHOTO BY SERGE O

Rus­sian Pi­anist Ilya Yaku­shev

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