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Pictures at an Exhibition$30 – $33
Music Inspired by Art
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Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:30pm
Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces composed by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. Although originally composed for solo piano, Pictures became better known in orchestral form after Mussorgsky’s death, particularly as arranged by French composer Maurice Ravel in 1922.
Mussorgsky based his musical material on drawings and watercolours by Viktor Hartmann, a close friend who died suddenly at 39 years of age. The composer was inspired by a memorial exhibition of Hartmann’s artwork and felt the need to capture the experience in music. The music depicts his tour of the exhibition, with each of the ten numbers of the suite serving as a musical illustration of an individual work by Hartmann.
Unfortunately, several of the pieces inspired by Mussorgsky have been lost, however we do know of the six you see featured here. The evening’s event with include a pre-concert exhibition, featuring works by students of our local high school art programs, inspired by the suite. Entries for the “missing” artwork will be judged prior to that evening with the winners featured during the orchestra’s performance.
In addition to Pictures at an Exhibition, our guest artist will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:30pm at Sandusky State Theatre
Conversation with the Conductor 6:30pm
“Pictures” Art Exhibition
Carl Topilow, Music Director and Conductor
Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Full Orchestra
Gavin George, Special Guest Pianist
Pictures at an Exhibition is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.
Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation
Diane and Gary Ackerman
Patrick and Louise E. Murray Foundation
GUEST ARTIST SPONSOR
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Fifteen-year-old pianist Gavin George began formal instruction at age three-and-a-half and made his concerto debut at age seven performing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major. As a gold medal winner for two consecutive years in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Piano Competition, George performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall and was awarded a full scholarship to study and perform at the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg. He became the youngest musician to perform on the Emmy-award winning show From the Top, broadcast on NPR, and was awarded first prize in the SAA’s International Piano Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3. With sponsorship from PNC Bank, “Gavin George: Live on Your Screen” streamed his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. Chosen by the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra to be featured in their 79th Anniversary Concert, George performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 at Severance Hall, Cleveland. He was selected as one of the PRODIGIES series documentary profiles appearing on the YouTube THNKRTV channel and has been a featured performer on both the CBS Early Show and The Queen Latifah Show. Most recently, he was featured in the online National Geographic magazine article, “Exploring Characteristics of Prodigies”.
George has given recital and concerto performances both nationally and internationally from a young age. Among his orchestral performances are Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 (Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra), Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor (Springfield Symphony Orchestra), Ravel Concerto in G Major (Lexington Symphony Orchestra), Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 (ProMusica Chamber Orchestra), Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 (Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra), Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 (Westerville Symphony Orchestra), and Mozart Piano Concerto No. 5 (Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra). His recital venues include Constitution Hall (Washington D.C.); Ocean Reef Club Performance Center (Key Largo, FL); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH); Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego, CA); Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center (Rockport, MA); Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH); Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis, MN); Tassel Performing Arts Center (Nebraska); Gartner Auditorium (Cleveland, OH); Vianden Castle (Luxembourg); and Sorrento, Italy.
George studies piano with Ran Dank and is a previous student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi. He has participated in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, John Perry, and Boris Slutsky, among others. In addition to his musical endeavors, Gavin is a voracious learner and excels in academics, holding particular interest in chemistry, mathematics, and literature.