KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GALA CONCERT

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 6682, Kamuela, HI 96743
www.kamuelaphil.com

15. December 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GALA CONCERT

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will present its second regular concert of the 2008-09 season at 4 pm on Sunday, January 11, at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, on the Big Island. The concert, which is free, will include the Overture to Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss, and the Moldau, by Smetana, and will feature renowned Russian pianist, Boris Konovalov, playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.

After winning first prize in the All-Russia Piano Competition, Boris Konovalov started his career as an international concert pianist, soloing with numerous symphony orchestras, performing solo recitals, giving master classes, and adjudicating at music festivals and competitions. The highlights of his career include performances in Moscow, London, and in the Jerusalem International Music Festival, and collaboration with world renowned conductors. Boris Konovalov has also recorded hundreds of live piano performances on radio and television in Russia, Canada, and the United States, and has released six CDs.

The familiar themes of the Overture to Die Fledermaus (“The Bat”) have delighted audiences worldwide, and will set the stage for the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto, one of the most challenging concertos in the piano repertoire, and often referred to as the “Rach 3.” The concert will close with Smetana’s the Moldau, a “tone poem” that musically describes a river in his native Czechoslovakia.

The Kamuela Philharmonic will be led by its Music Director, Dr. Madeline Schatz, who moved to the Big Island in 2002, after a successful 35-year career as a concert violinist/violist and orchestra conductor. She studied violin with Eudice Shapiro, Josef Gingold, and Henryk Szeryng; viola with William Primrose, David Dawson, and Milton Thomas; piano with Jack Previn and John Crown; and conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Lewis, and Paul Vermel. Schatz has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the California Chamber Symphony, and has guest-conducted orchestras in Utah, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, and in London. She has recorded CDs with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and now lives in Waimea, where she teaches music at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy and maintains a studio of private students in violin, viola, cello and piano.

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society, whose purpose is to bring quality orchestral music to the Big Island of Hawaii, is qualified as a charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code, and donations are gladly accepted before or after the concert. For more information call Joel Gimpel at 325-4991.

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