A Day With Rachmaninoff, Barber & Bartok
Sandy Eastman is offering you an opportunity to attend his pre-concert class and the symphony dress rehearsal for a San Luis Obispo Symphony concert on February 1.
The San Luis Obispo Symphony offers as a gift to the community free dress rehearsals of its concerts during the afternoon (1pm-3pm) preceding the evening of the performance.
On Saturday, February 1, 2014, the Symphony will be performing works by Rachmaninoff, Bartok and Barber. The guest soloist will be concert pianist Robert Edward Thies, the only American pianist in four decades to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn's famed triumph in Moscow in 1958.
Mr. Thies will perform Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the Symphony. This concerto demands spectacular technique of both the soloist and the orchestra. Rich with powerful climaxes throughout, the concerto builds to a monumental and triumphant end.
The Rachmaninoff has been programmed with two brilliant pieces. The concert opens with Béla Bartók's clever and intricate Dance Suite followed by Samuel Barber's ethereal Adagio for Strings. Melancholy and touching,Adagio for Strings is a remarkable piece that has inspired audiences across the globe. It is often considered one of the greatest American compositions ever written.
This course will be in two parts. In the morning, there will be a lecture about the composers, about the pieces that will be played in the rehearsal, and about the soloist. In the afternoon, the class, as a group, will attend the dress rehearsal of the performance in the Christopher Coan Center at the PAC at Cal Poly. At the dress rehearsal SLO Symphony conductor Mike Nowak will speak as he conducts, giving background information, musicology, and notes on harmony. With Mike's broad knowledge and stage presence, the dress rehearsals are fairly comprehensive.
Silsby Eastman (Sandy) grew up and spent his working life in the Los Angeles area before moving to Pismo Beach. He has taught at Cuesta and Allan Hancock Colleges and has been playing bassoon, baritone saxophone, and bridge as often as possible. After graduating from Occidental College and Indiana University, he studied conducting bassoon with Walter Ritchie and conducting with Lauris Jones and Richard Lert. He served as a bandsman in the Air Force and taught in San Bernardino, La Canada, Paramount and Agoura Hills. He is also a former member of the Long Beach Coterie Sinfonique, the Pasadena Community Orchestra and the Topanga Symphony.
Please purchase a separate ticket for each person so that we can have a record of all attendees.
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If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.
Ludwick Center Meeting Room A (View)
864 Santa Rosa St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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