The Concord Orchestra presents ‘Momentum’ on March 23-24

March 7, 2024
Jiyu Oh, 17, is from Seoul, South Korea and currently studies with Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. Courtesy photo

Submitted by The Concord Orchestra:

Bedford musicians Sarah Kiel and Alexia Schulz will play in The Concord Orchestra’s concert “Momentum,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden St., Concord.

The orchestra, conducted by Music Director Zeke Fetrow, performs a program of Anna Clyne’s “This Midnight Hour,” Samuel Barber’s “Violin Concerto,” and Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis.”  The winner of the young artist competition Jiyu Oh performs Samuel Barber’s “Violin Concerto.

Preceding each concert, one of the young artist competition runners-up will present a pre-concert recital.  On Saturday, Jessica Kartawidjaja, 17, performs a violin recital at 7:15 p.m. On Sunday, Maggie Bai, 12, performs a piano recital at 1:45 p.m.

This concert features several young performers who participated in The Concord Orchestra’s annual young artist competition. The competition is open to musicians of high school age or younger who live in eastern Massachusetts. This season the winner was chosen by a panel of orchestra members and Music Director Zeke Fetrow.  

Jiyu Oh, 17, is from Seoul, South Korea and currently studies with Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston. She is enrolled in the Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar and is co-concertmaster of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra at NEC.  Her most recent accomplishments include full scholarship participation at the Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Institute and Morningside Music Bridge, and a Jack Kent Cooke Award from NPR’s “From the Top.”

The Belfast Telegraph called Anna Clyne’s “This Midnight Hour” “a strange and beautiful composition with much fire and fury at both ends and attractive lyricism at its core.” The short piece, composed in 2015, is based loosely on two poems, but Clyne leaves much to the listener’s imagination. 

Samuel Barber’s “Violin Concerto was composed early in his career in 1939. Its first two movements are exquisite and touching, and the third movement is virtuosic and very fast.  It has been recorded by many respected artists and become part of the standard repertoire.

Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis” was written in 1943.  Dancer and choreographer Leonide Massine suggested that Hindemith write a ballet based on themes by Weber.  The project fell through due to artistic differences, but Hindemith completed this cheerful, lively piece that has remained one of  his most popular works.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Acton-Boxborough, Bedford, Carlisle, and Concord Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Tickets for adults and seniors are $25. Admission for youth under 18 is free. For tickets and information, call 978-369-4967 or visit www.concordorchestra.com

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