NEWBURGH SYMPHONY CELEBRATES “THE ROARING 20s” on JUNE 23
NEWBURGH, NY, June 1, 2018– The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) will perform a lively “Roaring 20s” concert on Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh. The program, under the direction of Maestro Russell Ger, will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major featuring soloist Vica Schwartzman and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.
Describing the program, Mr. Ger said: “Ravel’s playful and jazzy piano concerto and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, a modern twist on 18th century tunes, both came to be in the heady whirl of 1920’s Paris, home to one of the greatest constellations of artists and writers in history. Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds – they inspired and influenced one another. In music the two titans were Ravel and Stravinsky, both of whom idolized Mozart, whose clarity and refinement can be heard in their works on the program. In Mozart’s own Symphony No. 25, he was experimenting with a dramatic style called Storm and Stress, thus making a perfect pun for inclusion in our Roaring 20s program.”
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia and a graduate of the Jerusalem Conservatory, Vica Schwartzman performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared at the Music Mountain Festival, in the New York Philharmonic Ensemble series and at the Summit Music Festival. Closer to the Hudson River Valley, she is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Newburgh Music Festival, a 10-day Young Artist Program devoted to solo repertoire, chamber music and art-song. The festival runs from June 15-25 and includes masterclasses, lectures and concerts.