BEAVER CREEK, Colorado - The Vilar Performing Arts Center hosts the Colorado Symphony tonight for "Giants of Classicism," which includes Haydn's lyrical and virtuosic cello concerto featuring the Symphony's principal cellist, Silver Ainome. Paired with Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major will be one of Mozart's most greatly admired works, his Symphony No. 40, which has been called a work of passion, tragic in tone and intensely emotional.The show is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and tickets are $55.The region's only full-time professional orchestra, the Colorado Symphony embraces a tradition of musical excellence by presenting a diverse array of symphonic performances throughout the year. Originally established in 1989 as the successor to the Denver Symphony, the Colorado Symphony thrives on a spirit of collaboration among musicians, staff, trustees and the community. The Colorado Symphony performs in Boettcher Concert Hall and on location throughout the state and region utilizing small ensembles to the full-sized orchestra. According to a recent review from the Denver Post, "The orchestra mastered the mighty symphony in an utterly absorbing performance that was as exhilarating for the audience as it must have felt to the performers." Appointed principal cello of the Colorado Symphony in 2009, Silver Ainome performed throughout Europe before moving to Denver. Ainome, who began his cello studies in 1988 at Tallinn Music High School in Estonia, recently worked as a freelance musician throughout Europe including positions as guest-leader of the Helsinki Philharmonic in Finland and work with London's Philharmonia Orchestra.In 1992, at the age of 8, he moved from Estonia to Finland, where he pursued his musical training at Turku Conservatory with Jukka Perksalo and at the Sibelius Academy with Hannu Kiiski and Arto Noras. In 2006-07 he continued his studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Razumovsky Academy with Oleg Kogan.Awards that he has received at national and international competitions include second prize at the International Competition for Young Cellists, main prize and four special prizes at the contest festival "Con Brio 2000," first prize in the string category at the "Verdi Note" competition in Rome, fifth prize at Isang Yun International Music Competition in South Korea, third prize at Witold Lutos_awski International Cello Competition in Poland (2005) and sixth prize at Paulo International Competition in Finland (2007). Additionally, he has given recitals and performed as a chamber musician on numerous occasions throughout Europe."It's a true honor to welcome principal celloist Silver Ainome, resident conductor Scott O'Neil and the entire Colorado Symphony family to our stage on March 5," said Kris Sabel, executive director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. "We're lucky to have a leading symphony orchestra right here in our state and even more fortunate to have them perform in such an intimate venue as the Vilar Center. It's going to be an incredibly memorable evening."Tickets for the performance are $55 and are available at www.vilarpac.org or by calling the VPAC box office at 970-845-TIXS. The Vilar Performing Arts Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, visit vvf.org.
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