Wednesday, April 18, 2012
“The Force of Destiny”
Itasca Symphony Orchestra on Stage in Bigfork
For an audience that enjoys classical music, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino Overture is just one of three wonderful pieces that will be performed at The Edge Center in Bigfork on May 6th. The program will also include Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and the Triumphal March from Aida. For anyone who would like an introduction to this music, the three works will surprise you with their musical ”fireworks”. It is the first time this symphony orchestra will be at The Edge. The time is 2PM and ticket prices are $10 for adults $5 for children. They can be purchased on-line at www.the-edge-center.org, at the Bigfork Cenex, or at the door.
This performance is a perfect match for The Edge Center's design. It is acoustically state-of-the-art and will give the audience a very true listening experience. IOSP Executive Director, Katherine Dodge says, "The piano concerto will be thrilling to say the least, the Triumphal March will be very familiar, and the La Forza Overture will be true to its title (The Force of Destiny)."
The Itasca Symphony Orchestra was established in 1981 as the Itasca Orchestral Society by a group of teachers, musicians, and music lovers. It is presently part of the Itasca Orchestra and Strings Program (IOSP). Besides its symphony orchestra, IOSP enrolls 150 students for lessons in violin, viola, cello and string bass. From the beginning, IOSP has staged three to four symphony concerts per year collaborating with guest and local artists. For the Edge Center concert the Itasca Symphony Orchestra will be comprised of thirty-three musicians from Itasca County and 15 mostly from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Keith Swanson has stood on the podium of the Itasca Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is currently Director of Music at Hermantown High School. He also conducted the UMD Symphony Orchestra and many opera productions for the Northland Opera Theater Experience. He has conducted numerous productions as Music Director of Duluth’s Lyric Opera of the North (LOON) and Colder by the Lake’s productions.
The concertmaster, Mary LaPlant, has been with the Itasca Symphony Orchestra since 1988. She also teaches violin and viola to students in the orchestra’s strings program. As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a major in forestry and minor in music, she has combined her classical training with a love of fiddling. She is the three-time state fiddle champion. Her music can be found on her two CDs.
Pianist Alexander Sandor will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Alexander Sandor teaches in the music department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS), and maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist and chamber musician.
Strings: violins, violas, cellos, double basses
Woodwinds: piccolo, flutes, English Horn, clarinets, bassoons, oboes
Brass: trumpets, trombones, tuba, French Horns
Various percussion instruments
Piano for this concert
First violin, Debbie Losik, teaches violin in the Bigfork School. She graduated from Trinity College of Music in London and completed her education at the University of Hull in French and Italian. She trained at the Suzuki Institute at Stevens Point Wisconsin. Since 1995, she has taught privately in St. Paul, Montevideo, and Alcester, South Dakota.
At the Edge Center Concert, pianist Alexander Sandor will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Alexander Sandor teaches in the music department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS), and maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a soloist with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Itasca Symphony Orchestra, the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra, and the UWS Chamber Orchestra. As a specialist in ragtime and stride piano, he has performed at festivals across the country. Mr. Sandor has worked at Interlochen Arts Academy as an accompanist, improvising music for dance classes and playing for student recitals, and is the organist at the United Presbyterian Church in Superior. He attended UWS where he received his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance, and received his Master's degree from the University of Arizona. Recordings include Fingerbuster and Cascades.
And finally of special local interest, are three artists who have played at The Edge previously under other circumstances: Mary Laplant, violin, Carmen Heinecke, trumpet, and Dr. Paul Olson, French horn. For regular concert goers, this will be a wonderful experience, and for any unsure of a classical music experience here is a great place to start.