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ORCHESTRA SOLOISTS -- Two
Louisiana University graduate students, pianist Hristo Birbochukov, left,
and violinist Alexandru Ureche will solo with the Southeastern Chamber
Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., March 26, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts in downtown Hammond. The free concert is part of the Department of
Music and Dramatic Arts’ spring Encore! music series.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, SOLOISTS
“OLD FRIENDS,” NEW WORK
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana
University Chamber Orchestra’s March 26 concert will feature four major
works, including three “old friends” of music lovers and a newly-discovered
work by Rossini.
The free concert, part of the
Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ Encore! spring music series, is
scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts
in downtown Hammond.
Chamber Orchestra Director Yakov
Voldman will begin and end the concert with selections from operas, Gioachino
Rossini’s “Il Viaggio al Reims,” and Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” Two
Southeastern graduate students, violinist Alexandru Urche and pianist Hristo
Burbochukov, will round out the program, joining the orchestra as soloists
in works by Beethoven and Rachmaninov.
The Rossini work, which translates
as “The Voyage to Rehims,” launched the 19th century composer’s career
in Paris, premiering on June 19, 1825 as part of the city’s celebration
of the coronation of Charles X. Since the subject matter related directly
to the celebration, Rossini withdrew the opera shortly after its debut
because of the limited future performance possibilities. Roughly half of
the work was reused in his 1828 opera “Le Comte Ory.”
The original manuscript was eventually
lost, and scholars knew of “Il Viaggio a Reims” only from contemporary
writings. By the late 1970s, parts for the work began to surface, and eventually
the entire work was reconstructed.
Ureche, a native of Chisinau,
Moldova, will solo with the orchestra in Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin
and Orchestra.” Ureche, who began playing the violin at the age of five,
is a graduate of the Lyceum of Music “Ciprian Porumbescu.” While
studying there he won prizes at national competitions in 1993 and 1994.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of Arts of
Moldova and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Southeastern under
the instruction of Voldman.
Birbochukov, soloist in Rachmaninov’s
“Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra,” is a native of Haskovo, Bulgaria.
A graduate of the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, he has soloed
with the Stara Zagora Symphony Orchestra and the State Academy Orchestra
in his native country. Last year, he competed at the Seiler International
Piano Competition in Sofia, and earlier this year, he won the Young Artist
Competition sponsored by the Monroe Symphony League and the Monroe Symphony
Orchestra. He is working towards his master’s degree in piano performance
under the instruction of Southeastern’s Henry Jones, and is the recipient
of the university’s Marietta Reimers Schneider Piano Scholarship in Music.
For additional information about
the concert, contact the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic
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