The Alma Symphony Orchestra performs “Mozart and More” during its December concert, including the elegant Sinfonia concertante featuring soloists Takeshi Abo and Alicia Valoti. The drama of Beethoven and the wit of Kurt Weill will round out the program.
The ASO’s second concert of the 2017-18 season will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall, at Alma College. Tickets are $15 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.
“We are performing three works by three different composers, and each piece is dramatically different in temperament and style,” says Murray Gross, music director and conductor. “It a delightful program of audience favorites.”
The concert will open with Beethoven’s intense and dramatic “Coriolan Overture,” followed by Weill’s “sarcastic and cabaret-style” Suite from “The Threepenny Opera.”
“Weill composed this wind version around 1927 when the ‘The Threepenny Opera’ musical was a big hit,” says Gross. “It’s a lot of fun to play but very different from the Beethoven overture.”
Following intermission, Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante reveals “Mozart at his best,” says Gross.
“It’s a delightful, gorgeous piece that combines elegance and virtuosic thrills and an interesting back-and-forth between our sensational soloists, violinist Takeshi Abo and violist Alicia Marie Valoti,” says Gross. “It’s a piece I always enjoy conducting.”
Abo, who teaches violin at Alma College, performs throughout the United States and Japan, with recent appearances as soloist in concertos by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn. He performs as Concertmaster with both the Alma and Midland symphony orchestras.
Valoti, a member of the Central Michigan University music faculty, appears for the first time with the Alma Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a chamber musician in competitions and recitals throughout Italy and Europe and recently was a first prize winner of the “David Dalton” American Viola Society Competition.
The approximately 80-member Alma Symphony Orchestra includes a mix of professional musicians from the mid-Michigan area and Alma College student-performers.