Alma Symphony Orchestra Features Mendelssohn
Felix Mendelssohn’s elegant Violin Concerto, a set of Wassail Dances and seasonal works by Bach and Brahms will highlight the Alma Symphony Orchestra’s second performance of the 2012-13 season.
The ASO performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The ASO will perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
While not billed as a holiday pops concert, the program will nonetheless feature elements of seasonal music in addition to Mendelssohn’s expressive Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.
“The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is a deservedly famous concerto, played often because audiences love it and it allows soloists to show off their technical skills and lyrical abilities,” says Gross. “The piece is very beautiful and will feature Takeshi Abo, our concertmaster, as violin soloist.”
The program also will feature a variety of others works, says Gross.
“Mendelssohn was very fond of Bach, so we have a couple of Bach chorales on the program,” he says. “The orchestra also is performing a piece titled ‘Wassail Dances,’ which are very lively, colorful dances that use some traditional English holiday tunes.”
The ASO performs Dec. 2.
The program will conclude with “Christmas Festival,” a familiar medley by Leroy Anderson, the arranger for the Boston Pops.
“This concert is very family friendly with a variety of colorful arrangements and familiar tunes,” says Gross.
Abo, born in Japan, started playing the violin at the age of five. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan and continued his study at Michigan State University where he earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in violin performance.
A visiting instructor at Alma College, Abo has given recitals and concerto performances in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and is currently concertmaster of the Alma and Midland Symphony orchestras.
Posted: Thu, November 15th, 2012 at 7:49AM