The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 6682, Kamuela, HI 96743
8. September 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KAMUELA PHILHARMONIC ANNOUNCES FALL CONCERT 2009-2010
The Kamuela Philharmonic will open its 2009-2010 season with the performance of two orchestral masterpieces by Ludwig van Beethoven. World renowned concert pianist Boris Konovalov, accompanied by the orchestra under the direction of Dr. Madeline Schatz, will perform the “Concerto #3 for Piano and Orchestra in C Minor, Op. 37.” One of Beethoven’s most famous and recognizable compositions, the “Symphony #5 in C Minor, Op. 67,” will complete the program. The performance will begin at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 4, 2009. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so arrival at least 30 minutes before the concert begins is recommended.
Piano virtuoso Boris Konovalov started his career as an international concert pianist after winning first prize in the All-Russia Piano Competition in 1997, and went on to triumph in many other international and domestic piano competitions. He earned a doctorate in music from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, and is a proponent of Russian traditions in piano technique. Dr. Konovalov has a repertoire of nearly 30 concertos, the entire cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas, as well as 40 solo recital programs and about 50 pieces for chamber ensembles by such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. This rich and diverse repertoire led to a demand for his performances as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras around the world. A sought after solo recital performer (playing often at the Chopin Society recitals in London), he also conducts master classes and adjudicates at music festivals and competitions worldwide. He has released 6 CD’s, and recorded about 120 solo recitals and concert programs for radio and television in Russia, the USA, Canada, Israel, South Korea and China.
Dr. Konovalov performed the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto with the Kamuela Philharmonic last January, and enjoyed the experience so much he agreed to participate in this year’s concert season as well. He travels frequently to Hawaii from his home in Canada, and has been welcomed by appreciative audiences here, who like many members of the orchestra, are eager have more opportunities to experience great classical music in a local venue. His performances here (including a fundraiser for the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society held in a private home) showed local audiences that he is indeed “among the most brilliant pianists, his performance showed not only a powerful technique, but a wide range of musicianship” as the Jerusalem Post-Israel said after one of his concerts.
Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto was composed in 1800, and first performed by the composer in April 1803. During this “Heroic” period he composed highly ambitious works that he said “went a new way,” and extended the scope of the classical music language passed down by his predecessors, such as Haydn and Mozart. Beethoven earned his living during this period from the sale and performance of his work, and the continuing support of wealthy patrons such as Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, to whom this composition was dedicated. The Fifth Symphony was completed in 1808, when it was first performed in Vienna. This symphony became one of the most well-known compositions in all of European classical music, performed more often than any other, and has been said to be “one of the most important works of the age.” The four-note opening motif has appeared in popular culture from disco to rock and roll, and has often been used in film and advertising. It was even used during World War II to introduce BBC radio news broadcasts, since its rhythm is the Morse code letter V (for victory.) Modern audiences seem just as fond of this work as Beethoven’s contemporaries.
The concert will be part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an annual global concert series affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship and our shared humanity. World Music Days is inspired by the life and work of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by terrorists Pakistan in 2002, and who would have celebrated his birthday on October 10th. The Kamuela Philharmonic will join people around the world in a tribute to all the visionary men and women who use the power of music to lift peoples of different backgrounds and beliefs above the differences that set us apart. Through our music, we reaffirm our conviction that humanity will triumph and harmony will prevail.
The Kamuela Philharmonic works constantly to continue its goal of presenting fine orchestral music such as this to local audiences. Although concerts are free of charge, the orchestra has overhead and administrative costs for every performance, so any donations are welcome. If you want to make a contribution, you will be able to drop it into our calabash in the front lobby at our performance. Or, if you go to our website: kamuelaphil.com, you will find we can accept credit card donations through Paypal. Checks should be made out to: Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society, and our address is P.O. Box 6682, Kamuela, HI 96743. Since KPOS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, your donation may be tax deductible.