Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

February 19, 2012

Dr. Maira Liliestedt and Eric BenjaminThe Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on Saturday, February 25 will feature Dr. Maira Liliestedt, pianist and associate professor of music at the University of Mount Union. The performance, The Poetic Piano and Romantic Landscapes, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Kent State University Tuscarawas’ Performing Arts Center.

Liliestedt will bring her virtuosic flair and delicate lyricism to Franz Liszt’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb. This work provides no shortage of pianistic pyrotechnics to underscore its intricate interplay between the soloist and orchestra. Liszt was perhaps the best and most famous pianist in history, and his compositions attempted to go beyond what was previously thought possible at the piano. A groundbreaking orchestral composer, Liszt couples the scintillating writing for piano with brash orchestral statements.
 
The orchestra is currently under the direction of Eric Benjamin, lecturer of music at Mount Union. During the program, the orchestra will perform William Schuman’s New England Triptych, which is based on three choral anthems by America’s first great native-born composer, William Billings. These three pieces are not a ‘fantasy’ nor ‘variations’ on themes of Billings, but rather a fusion of styles and musical language. The orchestra also will perform Robert Schumann’s celebration of the Rhine River in his spirited Third Symphony, the Rhenish. This piece was composed in 1850, just as Schumann became music director in Dusseldorf in the Rhine River Valley. This was a happy situation for him, but short-lived as Schumann’s brilliance as a composer was not matched by his conducting skills. In fact, he was dismissed in less than a year. The Rhenish survives as an expression of musical and spiritual exhilaration; the horn section's sweeping passages are among the most impressive music in the entire horn repertoire.
 
Many University of Mount Union community members are participating in this performance. Participants include:
  • Dr. Susan Haddox, associate professor philosophy and religious studies, on violin;
  • Cynthia Kreiner, community member, on violin;
  • Bohdan Subchak, lecturer of violin, on violin;
  • Dr. Elaine Anderson, professor of music, on violoncello;
  • Maria Fesz, 2009 graduate of Mount Union and staff member, on violoncello;
  • Courtney Burnside, senior at Mount Union, on violoncello;
  • Jack Steward, lecturer of bass, on contrabass;
  • Karen Perone, community member, on flute;
  • Robin Tryon, lecturer of flute, on flute and piccolo;
  • Dr. James Perone, professor of music, on clarinet;
  • Jayne Naragon, lecturer of clarinet, on clarinet;
  • Willow DiGiacomo, 2011 graduate of Mount Union, on clarinet;
  • Pat Kroft, lecturer of bassoon, on bassoon;
  • Chris Hall, lecturer of trumpet, on trumpet
  • Jonathan Willis, director of bands, on trombone;
  • Jeff Neitzke, lecturer of percussion, on timpani; and
  • Victor Lee, lecturer of computer science and information systems, on percussion.
Kent State University Tuscarawas’ Performing Arts Center is located at 330 University Dr. N.E., New Philadelphia, OH 44463. To order tickets, visit http://www.tuscarawasphilharmonic.org or call (330) 308-6400.
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