• Holland Symphony Orchestra Concert: Triple Threat

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    April 22, 2019

    The Holland Symphony Orchestra announces its Classics III concert: Triple Threat, a program featuring Andrew Le, Jennifer Walvoord and Alicia Eppinga with the HSO at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts Concert Hall, Hope College, on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm.

    Tickets are available in advance at Midtown Center, Holland Symphony office - Suite 201, through the website www.hollandsymphony.org, and at the door. Tickets are $22, and students K through college are $5. Maestro Johannes Müller Stosch will give a pre-concert talk at 3:00pm on Thursday, April 25 at Freedom Village, which will be open to the public. In addition, there will be a pre-concert talk one hour before the concert in the Jack H. Miller Concert Hall. The concert is sponsored by David P. Roossien and is partially underwritten by Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Flowers are underwritten by Eastern Floral.

    Maestro Johannes Müller-Stosch and the Holland Symphony Orchestra will open the concert with Mozart’s Overture to the Abduction from Seraglio. Mozart opens with rousing percussion in the Turkish style, incorporating the sounds of timpani, triangle, cymbals, and bass drum (this was a style that countless later composers would mimic). This short overture is fast-paced and exciting.  The first half of the concert will conclude with Beethoven’s magnificent Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, better known as the “Triple Concerto.”  His use of the three instruments as soloists at the same time was unprecedented.  Beethoven has a masterful way of treating the three solo instruments as one unit, often playing together as a piano trio.  Often overlooked, this piece is a lyrical and epic masterpiece. 

    The concert will conclude with the piece that many consider to be Tchaikovsky’s greatest symphony and, possibly, his greatest work, the Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique.’ The Pathétique exhibits a moody darkness at almost every turn. The introduction is scored using the darkest of all orchestral colors, a bassoon along with double basses. A simple waltz functions as a seemingly cheerful second movement. It is, however, written with five beats to the measure — in effect, a waltz with a missing beat every other measure. The third movement is an energetic march, which functions as one last attempt to relive the joys of life before plunging into the despair of the finale. The last movement is certainly Tchaikovsky’s most explicit expression of his personal torment. Experiencing a live performance of this piece is truly an emotional journey.

    Guest artists, Andrew Le, Jennifer Walvoord and Alicia Eppinga will be performing with the HSO on the Beethoven “Triple” Concerto.  Andrew Le is Associate Professor of Piano at Hope College.  A Steinway Artist, Drew was awarded the 2016 Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award.  He graduated from the Juilliard School where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree.  Jennifer Walvoord is concertmaster of the West Michigan Symphony, is Director of Marketing for the HSO, and along with her husband, Andrew Le, directs the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck.  Jennifer is a graduate of Hope College and has a Doctorate from the University of Michigan.  Alicia Eppinga is principal cellist of the Grand Rapids Symphony and teaches cello at Hope College.  Alicia is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music.  Andrew, Jennifer and Alicia perform frequently together as a piano trio and are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform the Beethoven with the HSO.

    Kay Walvoord, President & CEO
    (616) 796-6780

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