Concert Detail

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Pictures at an Exhibition

Date and Time

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Location

Meydenbauer Theatre
11100 NE 6th ST
Bellevue, WA 98004

Program

Mussorgsky-Pictures at an Exhibition
Donizetti-Overture to the opera Anna Bolena
Dvorak-Slavonic Dances
Barber-Cello Concerto

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Description

A tribute to a departed artist, Pictures at an Exhibition, has become one of the most recorded and performed showpieces of the orchestral repertoire. Originally composed as a grand work for piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, the suite intrigued musicians for decades thereafter to try their hand at turning the black-and-white of the piano keys into the full color of the symphony orchestra. Maurice Ravel’s orchestration far outstrips all others in its brilliance and sheer ingenuity – and in turn has been the inspiration for still further rescoring efforts, including rock band, brass ensemble, acoustic guitar, and massed accordions. However, Ravel’s arrangement remains the best-known guide to Mussorgsky’s picture collection.

Featuring

Audrey Chen, cello

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Winner of the 2014 Youth Concerto Competition

Audrey Chen, a senior at Interlake High School, began studies with Kai Chen at age 9. Throughout high school, she has distinguished herself in multiple festivals and programs, including being chosen as a concerto winner in the 2013 Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and earning recognition as principal cellist of the USA’s very first National Youth Orchestra. Recently, Audrey won both the Washington State and Northwest Divisions competition of the Music Teachers National Association Senior Strings Competition, and she will be advancing onwards to compete as a finalist at the national level. Audrey has soloed with over seven different orchestras, including with the Seattle Symphony, with Eastside Symphony, and with the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Audrey is currently principal cellist of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and Interlake Chamber Orchestra, and she is also an active member in her community, performing for retirement centers, benefit concerts, and the like. Audrey plays on a French Buthod cello on generous loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

Johan Louwersheimer, guest conductor

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Maestro Johan Louwersheimer’s unique musical background and training has provided him with the enviable ability to stand in front of both professional and community orchestras and choirs. Maestro Louwersheimer began his training in conducting in his late thirties, when he received an international scholarship to pursue doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. While in Seattle, Maestro Louwersheimer initiated the University Summer Orchestra program, which he conducted for three consecutive summers. In addition, Maestro Louwersheimer toured with the Washington University Symphony and founded the Octava Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with concertmaster Matthew Weiss. With Octava, Maestro Louwersheimer toured Washington and the Fraser Valley. Octava has featured renowned soloists including Bela Siki, and Steven Stark. While at the University of Washington, Maestro Louwersheimer received the Warren Babb Memorial Award.

In 1993 Maestro Louwersheimer moved back to British Columbia, to spend more time with his family, where founded the Abbotsford Symphony Orchestra and Abbotsford Symphony Orchestra Chorus. With the Abbotsford Symphony he has collaborated with outstanding Canadian musicians including; Judith Forst, Anton Kuerti, Robert Silverman, Stephen Lemelin, Jonathon Crow, Jennifer Lim and Ian Parker. Maestro Louwersheimer developed the much loved educational Discovery Concerts to promote orchestra music to school age children.

In 2007, Maestro Louwersheimer received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Abbotsford Rotary club for his commitment promoting music in the community. The scope of Maestro Louwersheimer musical career has included an national award winning high school music program, Artistic director of the UW summer program and Artist in Residence at the University of Washington and Lee in Virginia.

Maestro Louwersheimer has been the Artistic Director with the Handel Society since 1995 in White Rock, British Columbia. Under his baton the choir has performed large scale choral orchestral masterworks including St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion by J.S. Bach, Haydn’s Masses and Creation, Mozart’s Masses and Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Schubert’s great Masses, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, and the music of Benjamin Britten. For the celebration of the Handel Society’s 30th Anniversary, Mr. Louwersheimer was instrumental in commissioning a new Canadian composition by Bruce Ruddell.

Since September 2009, Maestro Louwersheimer also serves as the artistic director of the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra. This last season, Maestro Louwersheimer commissioned the Divertimento for Three Trombones by Canadian composer, Michel R. Edward.

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