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Three’s a charm for symphony

Three’s a charm for symphony


visalia – Threes seem to be a charm for the Tulare County Symphony’s fourth and final concert. The Tulare County Symphony ends its season on Saturday, April 29 at the Visalia Fox Theatre with two lively pieces featuring folk music, which has been the theme of the year, and a return appearance by pianist phenom Steve Lin, his third performance with the Tulare County Symphony.

In a concert titled “Stalwart Stamina,” music director Bruce Kiesling returns to Aaron Copland and his “Symphony No. 3,” known as the essential American symphony that fuses Copland’s distinct Americana style of ballet with the traditional symphony. The work is a sweeping epic of heroism and dignity that leaves the listener with a stirring impression. Themes from “Fanfare for the Common Man,” which the symphony performed to open the season, is used in the fourth movement of this symphonic piece.

Pianist Steven Lin returns to perform “Piano Concerto No. 3.” Lin’s artistry was clear from an early age when he was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at the age of 10 to study with Yoheved Kaplinsky. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Pre-College Piano Competition, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall at the age of 13. He has appeared on stage at the Louvre and Salle Cortot in France, National Dublin Hall in Ireland, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Sendai Cultural Center in Japan, as well as the Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in the United States. He has also performed on radio broadcasts including NPR’s From The Top and WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase.

Prokofiev’s third is the most popular piano concerto of Sergei Prokofiev’s career. It was also among his most intimate pieces as Prokofiev himself played the solo part at the premiere on Dec. 16, 1921 in Chicago. This lively piece features French folk dance music, galloping runs up and down the keyboard and a jazzy backbeat.

Tickets are $30 to $39.50 at the symphony office, 208 W. Main Street, Suite D, Visalia, downstairs in Montgomery Square. Student prices are $10. Tickets are also available at 732-8600 or go to www.tularecountysymphony.com. The 2017-18 season brochure can also be viewed on the web site.

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