The Greenville Symphony Orchestra Presents “In the Company of Great Romantics” featuring Pianist Edisher Savitski

GREENVILLE, S.C. -  Musicians from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, will present the third Masterworks concert, In The Company Of Great Romantics, featuring pianist, Edisher Savitski, on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Peace Concert Hall.

The GSO opens the concert with Weber’s Oberon, J. 306: Overture. Weber’s brilliant Overture to Oberon evokes a magical atmosphere of a medieval fairy tale. Oberon is a three-act romantic opera performed in English with music by Weber, and the libretto by James Planche. The libretto is based off a German poem, Oberon by Christoph Wieland, which itself was based off the French romantic story, Huon de Bordeaux. The Overture is one of the most famous numbers of this opera with some of the passages quoted in Berlioz’s Treatise on Instrumentation.

After the overture, the stage is set for the exciting debut of rising star, Edisher Savitski, who simply “takes off to the sky” in Prokofiev’s wild and striking Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26 in C major. Out of Prokofiev’s five piano concertos, the third has gathered some of the greatest popularity and critical acclaim. The concerto showcases Prokofiev’s use of lyrical melodies and passages while maintaining a balanced relationship between the soloist and the orchestra. Throughout this entire concerto, the orchestra plays an important and very active role.

Pianist Edisher Savitski has enjoyed critical acclaim throughout his career: “As each of Savitski’s convulsive trills and ominous chords would hang in the air, it became clearer that indeed something special was happening.  We will be lucky to hear Scriabin played anywhere near this powerfully any time soon,” said Jack Walton with the South Bend Tribune.  “The piano of Edisher Savitski prays, laments and also makes joyful sounds; this amazing Georgian simply takes off to the sky!” said Hanuh Ron with theYediot Akhronot, Israel.

The final piece of the concert is one of the best works of Robert Schumann, his innovative Symphony No. 4, Op. 120 in D minorcalled initially “A Symphonic Fantasy,” is admired by audiences for an abundance of beautiful, soaring melodies, and contrasting, stormy, ecstatic and triumphal episodes.

Speaker Paul Hyde will lead a Pre-Concert Talk one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances backstage in the rehearsal room of the Peace Center Concert Hall. Pre-Concert Talks give interesting insights to the program and composers to enhance your concert experience. These talks are free of charge and last approximately 45 minutes.

Tickets to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s In The Company of Great Romantics concert range from $18 to $69. For ticket information, contact The Peace Center Box Office at (864) 467-3000 or toll-free at (800) 888-7768 and online at peacecenter.org. For more information about the concert, visit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra website at greenvillesymphony.org.

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