Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers Present FRIENDSHIP AND IMAGINATION, 2/8

The 44th Season of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers (OSSCS) continues with a February 8, 2014 concert inspired by the human spirit. Guest conductor Stilian Kirov, associate conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducts this evening concert, Friendship and Imagination. It includes The Enchanted Lake by Russian composer Anatoly Liadov, Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op 64 byFelix Mendelssohn and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky with orchestrations by Maurice Ravel. Elisa Barston, principal second violinist of the Seattle Symphony is the guest soloist for the evening.

Stilian Kirov elaborates on how these three pieces tie back to the themes of friendship and imagination. "The lesser known Enchanted Lake is a fairy picture and, in a way, a short tone poem that Liadovcreated with exceptional flair and imaginative orchestral tone color. It is one of the most touching, inspiring and intimate pieces of music I have ever had the joy of experiencing." He continues, "I am also very excited about performing together with my good friend and exceptional violinist Elisa Barston. Her glowing sound and technical aplomb will make all our imaginations go wild during the beautiful Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. And knowing the story of friendship behind Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition adds a layer of understanding to the piece's diverse emotions, outstanding structure and vibrant color." Felix Mendelssohn wrote his beloved violin concerto for Ferdinand David, his childhood friend, who provided the composer with technical advice throughout the work's six-year gestation. When Russian painter Viktor Hartmann died suddenly at the age of 39, an exhibition was organized for which Modest Mussorgsky loaned several paintings from his own collection to honor the artist, his close friend. The event inspired Mussorgsky to compose-in a mere six weeks-a suite for solo piano that depicted in music several of Hartmann's drawings and watercolors. Over the ensuing 150 years many composers have transcribed Mussorgsky's piano music for various ensembles, but none more famously than Maurice Ravel, whose brilliant orchestral palette proved the perfect match for Hartmann's artistry andMussorgsky's tone painting.
Concerts take place at the First Free Methodist Church on Queen Anne Hill where parking is free and convenient. Advance single tickets are available online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. General Admission tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors; $10 for students; and youth ages 7-17 are FREE. Visit the website at OSSCS.org

About the Conductor

Guest conductor Stilian Kirov currently serves as associate conductor for the Seattle Symphony, having previously been appointed SSO assistant conductor for the 2012-2013 season. He has also served as associate conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. Mr. Kirov has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Orchestre Colonne (France), Zagreb Philharmonic (Croatia), Lansing Symphony, Orchestra of Colors (Greece), State Hermitage Orchestra (Russia), New World Symphony, Thüringen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado), Sofia Festival Orchestra, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra "Leopolis" (Ukraine) and the Juilliard Orchestra, among others. Following his successful debut in 2012, Mr. Kirov also appears regularly as a guest conductor at the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
During the 2013-2014 season Mr. Kirov will conduct concerts on the Seattle Symphony's Mostly Mozart series, Beyond the Score series, Discover Music series, Community Concerts and more. He was invited to be a 2013 conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; in 2012 he was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and in 2010 awarded the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he also returned in 2012 as a guest conductor. In 2011, Mr. Kirov made his debut at the Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the 2012-2013 season, he also appeared twice with the Amarillo Symphony as a music director finalist.
Mr. Kirov is a graduate in orchestral conducting of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of James DePreist. He also holds a master's degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Dominique Rouits. He has also worked with such distinguished conductors as Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gianluigi Gelmetti, George Manahan and Asher Fisch. A gifted pianist, Stilian Kirov is the 2001 gold medalist of the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris.

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