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Northern Lights

Date and Time

Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Location

Eastlake Performing Arts Center
Eastlake High School
400 228th AVE NE
Sammamish, WA 98074

Program

Alfven-Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, Op.19
Grieg-Piano Concerto in a minor, Op 16
Sibelius-Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 39

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Description

Scandinavia is home to a rich musical history, and this concert includes Romantic era composers from three Nordic lands – Sweden’s Hugo Alfvén, Norway’s Edvard Grieg, and Finland’s Jan Silbelius. Each work on our program displays a distinctive style and attachment to the composer’s homeland. This concert introduces our audience to Sibelius’s youthful First Symphony – the first in the composer’s towering and highly personal symphonic legacy.

Norwegian born pianist Inger-Kristine Riber joins the Sammamish Symphony in Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto. Riber has established herself as an active soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician, winning numerous artistic scholarships and grants. Riber will perform with the Norwegian ensemble BIT20 for a debut performance at the Ultima Festival in Oslo and on the main stage of the New Opera House in Oslo in the fall of 2013.

Featuring

Inger-Kristine Riber, piano

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Norwegian born pianist Inger-Kristine Riber began her piano studies at the local music school in Voss, Norway, at an early age, continuing her specialization in piano performance under Eline Nygaard and Anne Eline Riisnæs and finishing with her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Oslo in 2004 with honors. She continued her studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music where she studied for two years with Einar Henning Smebye before relocating to Germany. At the Hochschule für Musik, Theater and Medien in Hannover she continued her piano studies with Erika Lux. She earned her Master of Music Degree in piano performance from the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2012.

Riber has already established herself as an active soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician, recently winning an artistic scholarship from the German oil company RWE as well as a grant from the Norwegian Research Council. In addition, Riber was awarded a major artistic grant by the Norwegian-Finnish Art Council, promoting her participation in the MUSIC NORWAY program. She also holds a grant from the West-Norwegian Art Council to support her work in Berlin. Most recently Riber was invited to perform with the Norwegian ensemble BIT20 for a debut performance at the Ultima Festival in Oslo and on the main stage of the New Opera House in Oslo in the Fall of 2013.

James W. Truher, Guest Conductor

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A professional musician since 1982, James Truher has a degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting as well as study toward a Masters of Arts in Musicology from California State University at Los Angeles. In 1983, Maestro Truher made his professional conducting debut with the Pasadena Chorale and Orchestra with his orchestration of “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten.

Mr. Truher has been conductor of the Microsoft Orchestra (where he is also a Senior Software Development Engineer in Test) since 2002. He studied conducting with Christophe Chagnard, Roger Wagner, William Hatcher and Sergio Siminovich and specializes in music from the Medieval to Baroque periods. He served as Assistant Conductor for the Lake Union Civic Orchestra from 2009-2011 and has been a guest conductor/reading session for the Northwest Mahler Festival. Mr. Truher has served as percussionist in a number of local community orchestras and section coach with the Sammamish Symphony.

As a singer, Mr. Truher has performed with LaNoue Davenport, Krzysztof Penderecki, Michael Tilson Thomas, The Tudor Choir and many others. While in Los Angeles, James was an active studio singer, recording with Michael Jackson, Mike Curb and John Williams and was a featured soloist with Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and I Cantori, performing on National Public Radio and KFAC Los Angeles.

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