(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y. ) – Works by Schubert and Chopin are on tap for the opening concert for the 2014–15 season of the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in the Fisher Center at Bard College on Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 8 p.m.
The program includes Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, with Maryna Kysla ’15, piano; and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major (“Great”). The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director.
A special preconcert talk by Christopher H. Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music, Bard College, begins at 7 p.m.
Pianist Maryna Kysla ’15, from Kharkov, Ukraine, is one of winners of The Bard College Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, 2014. She started piano lessons at the age of five and graduated from the music high school in Kharkov in 2010. At the age of nine, she won the first of 10 awards at international piano competitions for young pianists in Moscow, Uzhgorod, Feodosiya, Donetsk, and Dnepropetrovsk from 2002 through 2008. In 2002, as winner of the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey International Competition, she performed with the WKO Symphony Orchestra in New Brunswick, Canada. She has also performed in Germany, Spain, Japan, Belgium, and frequently appeared as a soloist with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra . She has participated in summer music festivals in Kiev, Musica Mundi in Belgium, and elsewhere. In 2010, she entered The Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she has been studying with Peter Serkin and Matti Raekallio. Her second major is Russian and Eurasian studies.
Individual tickets are $25, $30, $35, and $40. Call 845-758-7900 or visit the Fisher Center website to purchase tickets or for further information. Season subscriptions are available.
The next concert in the series will be held on Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, 2015, with performances of Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto, Op. 283, with Adrienn Kántor ’14, flute; Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major, with Gabriel Baeza ’18, violin; and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
The program for the final concert of the season, on April 24 and 25, 2015, includes Hermann Goetz’s Symphony No. 2 in F Major, Op. 9; Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, with Xing Gao ’17, harp; and Leoš Janá?ek’s Sinfonietta.