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Pianist Orion Weiss performs with the Rochester Philharmonic

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Leslie Van SteltenDynamic pianist Orion Weiss joins the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on stage Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. For tickets, call 877-812-5700 or visit www.vailmusicfestival.org.
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VAIL ” The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival hosts the renowned Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra through Friday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The orchestra will play a special concert on today at 6 p.m. under the skillful baton of Christopher Seaman joined by dynamic pianist Orion Weiss.

For more than 80 years, the RPO has been known for its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility and deep commitment to education and community engagement. In 2006 the American Symphony Orchestra League honored the RPO with an ASCAP Award for adventurous programming, recognizing the orchestra’s commitment to music written in the last 25 years.

The orchestra will be joined by virtuoso pianist Orion Weiss. Only 25 years old, Weiss is already one of the most sought after pianists of his generation. Critic Donald Rosenberg recently described Weiss’ performance as “fluent, graceful, and almost ethereally poetic.” As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. He won the 2005 Juilliard William Petschek Award and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Weiss joins the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Seaman this evening for a program including works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and a newly composed piece by former Bravo! composer-in-residence Jennifer Higdon.

The program will feature Beethoven’s famous “Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58.” Bravo! musicologist Lynne Mazza notes how the piece begins with piano alone, quietly and lyrically. She claims that this is “a simple but powerful idea ” the work of a daring and revolutionary innovator.”

The program continues with Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 107, Reformation.” Although this symphony was written when Mendelssohn was 20 years old, it was not published until after his death decades later. It was composed to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, the basic protestant statement of faith ” the final coda contains a powerful version of Martin Luther’s chorale.

Tickets for tonight’s performance range in price from $23 to $59 and can be obtained by calling 877-812-5700 or by visiting http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.

What: Rochester Philharmonica Orchestra joined by pianist Orion Weiss.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail.

When: Sunday, 6 p.m.

Cost: $23 to $59.

More information: Call 877-812-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.


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