Cellist Alban Gerhardt makes Vail debut | VailDaily.com

Cellist Alban Gerhardt makes Vail debut

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL – Behind maestro Stephane Deneve, The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to classical fare at 6 p.m. Friday night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, performing 20th century pieces composed by Edward Elgar and Dmitri Shostakovich highlighted by soloist and renowned German cellist, Alban Gerhardt.

“This Friday, don’t miss one of Bravo’s electric conductors, Maestro Stephane Deneve, in a return performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of the young sensation cellist Alban Gerhardt,” said Jeanne Reid White, Bravo’s director of development.

Gerhardt makes his Vail debut tonight when he plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

“Alban Gerhardt is a powerhouse of a cellist,” said Bravo’s artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott.” He is the perfect musician to bring the Elgar concerto to life. It is very romantic, virtuosic and emotional.”

Delivering an admirable performance a month ago at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Gerhardt was praised by media for his handling of the Elgar piece that is to be played this evening. “A strong technique and an intelligent analysis were literally and figuratively at his fingertips,” wrote the Chicago Sun on Gerhardt’s recent performance.

Tonight at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival concert, Gerhardt and The Philadelphia Orchestra will take up Elgar’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Both pieces touch at the emotion of man and unfold a story told through the instruments of the orchestra.

Writing of his own symphony, Shostakovich describes the creation of his piece as the making of a man.

“I saw man with all of his experiences as the center of the composition,” said Shostakovich. “In the finale, the tragically tense impulses of the earlier movements are resolved in optimism and the joy of living.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra recently performed Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in San Francisco at Davies Hall.

To purchase tickets call 877-812-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusic.org. Tickets start at $25 for general lawn admission and range from $68 to $89 for covered pavilion seating. Children 15 and under receive free lawn admission to all Bravo orchestral concerts at the Amphitheater.

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