Kathryn Apland performs in Symphonic Spectacular Season Finale
On May 17 and 19, the Gorge Sinfonietta will play an ambitious season finale concert, including a world premier piece by Mark Steighner, Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony and Grieg’s beloved Piano Concerto in A Minor. The Grieg Piano Concerto will be performed by local musician Kathryn Apland. Ms Apland is not only a long-time Sinfonietta member, playing oboe, but a well-known piano teacher and performing artist with an impressive resume of studies. Grieg’s concerto, written in 1860, is one of the most familiar pieces in the repertoire for piano and orchestra.
Apland describes the concerto’s three movements: “The first is heroic and bold. The second movement has gorgeous, lush melodies that will break your heart. The third movement is exciting and flashy with the kind virtuoso pianistic fireworks that audiences love, and it all ends with a return of the heroic theme from the first movement, only this time in a major key – giving it a courageous and optimistic ending. It’s one of the most performed concertos by the world’s major orchestras for a reason!”
In this short video prepared for the original February concert dates, Kathryn Apland performs excerpts of the Piano Concerto in A minor by Edvard Grieg: https://youtu.be/XiFhZqIF0AA
The February concerts had to be canceled due to snow.
Symphonic Spectacular Season Finale concerts are Friday, May 17 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 19 at 2 PM, both at the Hood River Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 CGOA members, $5 Youth (ages 10-17) and free for kids under 10. Tickets are available at the door and through gorgeorchestra.org. A short talk by artistic director Mark Steighner about the music will precede the concert.