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The North State Symphony’s concertmaster, violinist Terrie Baune, will appear in a duo concerts in a program of international favorites for violin and piano with pianist Alexander Tutunov, a frequent guest artist with the Symphony.
Music Director Kyle Wiley Pickett described the violin and piano combination as “two instruments at the heart of classical music. The violin and piano may be the most important instruments of all, and when they play together, it’s like hearing a composer’s private thoughts and dreams.”
“The wonderful aspect of this recital,” Pickett continues, “is that my favorite violinist is playing with my favorite pianist.” Terrie Baune has been the Symphony’s concertmaster, or lead violinist, in the ten years that the North State Symphony has existed. She is also the co-concertmaster of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony.
For several years, Ms. Baune also occupied the first violin chair of the Woman’s Philharmonic, a San Francisco-based ensemble which exclusively performed works by female composers, including many from the past who were overlooked in their own time. On the recital with Tutunov, Baune will perform one such work, Two Pieces for Violin and Piano by Lili Boulanger. Sister of a famous teacher of 20th Century composers, Lili Boulanger died at 25. Terrie Baune helped to edit the publication by the Women’s Phil of Lili Boulanger’s two orchestral pieces D’un matin de printemps and D’un soir triste.
Also on the program are extensive sonatas by Johannes Brahms and Maurice Ravel. Brahms is considered a pillar of 19th Century music, blending deeply felt emotion with traditional forms that he inherited form his composer predecessors. Ravel, on the other hand, was inspired by a wide world of exotic influences, and one movement of the French composer’s Sonata for Violin and Piano is entitled “Blues.”
Tutunov, who was born in the former Soviet Union, now lives and teaches in Ashland, OR. He has performed with the North State Symphony on two occasions, most recently in May 2011 when his rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto ended the orchestra’s previous season to great applause.
Tutunov’s Russian influence on the violin and piano program is shown by two pieces from his homeland, by composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Lev Abeliovich. Terrie Baune said, of her collaboration with Tutnov, “it will be an honor, a pleasure and a complete blast to play with Sasha.”
Saturday, Oct. 15
Ruth Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, CSU, Chico, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 16
Old City Hall, Redding, 2:00 pm
-from press release
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