GAMBIER — The Knox County Symphony, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, will present its final concert of the season Sunday, April 28, at 8 p.m., in Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College campus.
Included on the program is Symphony No. 1 in G Major by Vasily Kalinnikov, and Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Kalinnikov and Tchaikovsky were contemporaries and knew each other through Russian musical circles. Tchaikovsky achieved more success during his lifetime, thanks to timely academic appointments and patronage, whereas Kalinnikov — a very promising composer — was afflicted by poverty which prevented him from pursuing higher education. He also could not afford proper health care and he died at the age of 35 from tuberculosis. Both composers utilized Russian folk music melodies and idioms in their compositions.
John Reitz, a pianist well-known to local audiences through his many symphony appearances as well as private recitals, will be the featured soloist in the Piano Concerto. The performance of this concerto will be a Knox County premiere.
Reitz has been a soloist with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, the Portland Youth Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Spokane Symphony and the Southeast Ohio Symphony Orchestra. He is the piano coordinator and adjunct instructor of piano at Kenyon College.
A reception will follow the performance. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door; for subscription information or other questions, call Sarah Goslee Reed at 392-4955.
In addition, the Knox County Symphony Association is holding its Fifth Annual Spring Gala on Saturday, May 4. The Gala will be held at the Mount Vernon Country Club, 8927 Martinsburg Road from 7 to 11 p.m. The evening, hosted by Ariel Corp., will include a spread of Caribbean hors d’oeurves and a complimentary bar featuring tropical drinks. This year’s theme will be “Here Comes the Sun” and will celebrate the spring season and allow the attendees to enjoy an evening of dining, music and entertainment to support the Knox County Symphony. Entertainment will include a string quartet comprised of symphony members, Lily McBride on the harp, the Heritage Singers, the Harmony Brothers, John Macionis and Sarah Goslee Reed performing acoustic music from the 60’s. There will be a live auction, featuring many local specialty items, conducted by the symphony’s maestro, Dr. Benjamin Locke.
For ticket information, or to donate to the Knox County Symphony, call or email Magic McBride at 427-9134 or firstname.lastname@example.org ; or call Sara Lynn Kerr at 392-0597.
Published on April 18, 2013