Pianist Ian Scarfe to Perform with Shasta Symphony Orchestra

The Shasta Symphony Orchestra will present their Winter Concert on Saturday, February 10th, with music director Dwayne Corbin leading the local orchestra in classical works by Dvorak, Bruch, and Mozart.

Audiences will enjoy a familiar face from the North-State musical scene, as pianist Ian Scarfe will join the group as the soloist for Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major". Scarfe is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, an organization that has presented over 200 public concerts across Northern California, including dozens of schools in Shasta, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties.

"So much of my career involves performing solo recitals, or chamber music, so I am especially grateful for this opportunity to play alongside the Shasta Symphony Orchestra," says Scarfe, "There is a special thrill to having 50 musicians behind you, all making music together."

Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 was composed in 1784, when the young composer was at the height of his popularity in Vienna. It is a typical mixture of high-spirits and thoughtful musings, with fresh ideas coming from all parts of the orchestra continuously. The piano soloist often can be heard taking the lead, and presenting new themes and transitions in a virtuosic manner, but this work also showcases many of the wind instruments as well. With dialogue happening between the pianist and the flute, oboes, bassoons, horns, and strings, this work often has the feel of chamber music on a large scale. The finale of this concerto is a series of variations on a melody that Mozart's pet starling could sing - although scholars have not yet determined whether Mozart taught this music to the bird, or if the bird taught it to him!

The orchestra will also perform works by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak - his "Overture to Vanda, Op. 25" and his "Serenade, Op. 44", and the finale of Max Bruch's "Violin Concerto", with Redding violinist Celeste Pena playing the solo part.

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Where: Shasta College Theatre, Redding, CA

Cost: $10.00 General Admission
$8.00 Seniors (55+)
$5.00 Students (with current ID)

-from press release
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