~ A French Affair ~

Sunday, June 30, 2019

 

with French Harpist Coline-Marie Orliac

Union College Memorial Chapel, 11am -1pm

“Played with exquisite grace”
–Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2015

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~ A French Affair ~

Sunday, June 30, 2019

 

with French Harpist Coline-Marie Orliac

Union College Memorial Chapel, 11am -1pm

“Played with exquisite grace” — Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2015

with

Special Guest Capital District pianist Young Kim (College of St. Rose) “ … truly passionate, sensitive, and musical “ playing four-handed piano with Sean Obach

And Pianists

Jeffrey Biegel | “He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer.” Leonard Bernstein

Elina Christova | “deeply considered interpretations … facile pianism … sure musical instincts” Fanfare Magazine

Kevin Fitz-Gerald | “Fitz-Gerald’s playing was masterfully compelling throughout. Every note was in place, yet uncompromising rhythmic definition, unabashed temperament and penetrating reading resulted in a wonderfully prepared and inspired performance.” Los Angeles Times

Pej Reitz | International accompanist known as “America’s Musical Ambassadors,” Oneonta Daily Star (with clarinetist, Timothy Perry)

Sunday's Schedule

  • 11am-1pm: A French Affair Music Program, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Learn more.
  • 12 noon-6pm: Catered Reception with Music. Union College’s College Park Ballroom. $10 paid in advance or pay at the door (cash, check or credit card accepted). Children under 12 free (with paying adult).  Reservations appreciated. Learn more.
  • 2pm: Competition Winner's Recital, Union College Memorial Chapel. Free. Enjoy the talent of our Competition Winners. Pianists applied from the Capital Region and surrounding counties, New York City, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and have engaged with musical institutions such as the New England Conservatory, the College of St. Rose, University of Maryland and Temple University’s Boyer College. Pianists have won in piano competitions sponsored by Julliard, MTNA, Capital District Council for Young Musicians, Steinway, Metropolitan Academy (NYC), Yamaha International and the Chopin International Hartford CT.

A French Affair ~ Music Program

~ Compositions by a French Composer born in France, of French lineage like Chopin, or played by a French performer such as a French harpist! ~

  • “L’Isle Joyeuse” (Claude Debussy) ~ Kevin Fitz-Gerald
  • “Aeolian Harp” (Frederic Chopin) ~ Coline-Marie Orliac
  • “Prelude #2” ( “Chant d’extase dans un paysage triste” “Song of Ecstasy in a Sad Landscape”) (Olivier Messiaen) ~ Elina Christova
  • “Mother Goose” Selections (“Pavane of Sleeping Beauty” ~ “Empress of the Pagodas” ~ “Beauty and the Beast”) (Maurice Ravel) ~ Young Kim & Sean Obach
  • “Preludes #7 & #8” (“Plainte calme” “Calm Plaint”) & (“Un reflet dans le vent” “A Reflection in the Wind”) (Olivier Messiaen) ~ Elina Christova
  • “Introduction & Allegro” (Maurice Ravel) ~ Coline-Marie Orliac ~ Accompaniment Pej Reitz

~ INTERMISSION ~

  • “Ballade No 1” (Frederic Chopin) ~ Jeffrey Biegel
  • “Suite No 1, op 5 Bacarole” (Sergei Rachmaninoff )~ Coline-Marie Orliac ~ Accompaniment Pej Reitz
  • “Libertango” & “Oblivion” (Astor Piazzolla) ~Young Kim & Sean Obach
  • Manha de Carnaval (Luiz Bonfa) ~ Coline-Marie Orliac
  • “Moldau” (Bedrich Smetana) ~ Coline-Marie Orliac
  • “Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante op.22” (Frederic Chopin) ~ Kevin Fitz-Gerald

A French Affair ~ Performers

Colene-Marie-Orliac

French Harpist Coline-Marie Orliac adds to her growing recording career releasing her first solo album “Harpistically Yours, Chopin” featuring her own arrangements of Chopin’s solo piano works and songs. A digital release together with Achilles Liarmakopoulos introducing trombone and harp duets has just come out. For her first CD appearance (Naxos) she performs her USA International Competition prize winning piece by Chiayu Hsu.

An active and sought-after soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Orliac performed at Festivals both in Europe and the US, including the Festival de Musique in St. Barthélemy, the Newport Music Festival, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en Provence, the Spivakov Festival in Moscow as well as the 10th World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. In 2011 Maxim Vengerov invited her to join the Sinfonia Varsovia at the Festival de Musique de Menton, where she performed Ravel’s Tzigane with him.

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jeffrey biegel

The fascinating career of Jeffrey Biegel takes its roots from the beginning. Until the age of three, Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The ‘reverse Beethoven’ phenomenon explains his life in music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years.

Mr. Biegel recently performed the World Premiere of Giovanni Allevi’s ‘Concerto for Piano and Orchestra’ with Orchestra Kentucky and in Milan’s Teatro dal Vermes, recording released in 2017. In 2018, Naxos releases Kenneth Fuchs’s “Concerto: Spiritualist” featuring Mr. Biegel with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and, Grammy award composer, Dick Tunney unveils the new “Peanuts Concerto” for piano and orchestra based on music by Vince Guaraldi. In November 2018, Christopher Theofanidis’s “Concerto for Piano, Strings, Harp and Percussion” will receive its premiere with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina conducting. 

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elina christova

Lauded for her deeply considered interpretations, facile pianism, and sure musical instincts, Elina Christova is a versatile pianist equally comfortable in all styles of her instrument’s repertoire but with a particular affinity for modern and contemporary music. Discovering an innate fascination for the music of Alexander Scriabin, since 2013 Elina has been performing his entire published piano works in a series of recitals. In 2017 she performed a series of all-Scriabin recitals at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Westport, Faust Harrison Pianos in Fairfield, and Ignacio Cervantes Hall in Havana, Cuba. in July 2018 she will be presenting a program featuring Scriabin’s evolution through his piano sonatas at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.

In May 2017 Elina was invited to play a concert at Weill Recital Hall as part of the Musical Treasures of Bulgaria series. Together with violinist Stanichka Dimitrova, she performed the Sonata for Violin and Piano by the Bulgarian-born jazz pianist and composer Milcho Leviev. Stanichka and Elina recorded the sonata at Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn, and went on to perform several more concerts together in New York and Connecticut.

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kevin fitz-gerald

Canadian pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald performs in concert halls around the world as a soloist, has recorded with seven record labels including Yarlung Records, and performs regularly in partnership with other musicians including Patrick Gallois, Stephen Isserlis, Richard Stolzman, Petteri Iivonen, Alan Civil, Camilla Wicks, Midori Goto, Eudice Shapiro, Milton Thomas, Karen Tuttle, Donald McInnes, Ronald Leonard, and the Bartok, St. Petersburg and St. Lawrence String Quartets. Kevin also performs four-hands piano works with his wife Bernadene Blaha. In addition to his position as Professor of Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, Mr. Fitz-Gerald is also a regular visiting artist teacher at the Banff School of Fine Arts, a frequent guest master class teacher at The Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and serves as visiting faculty at many other national and international music festivals and institutions throughout North America, South America, Asia and Australia. Kevin was born in Kelowna, British Columbia and received full scholarships to study at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, The Banff Centre School of Fine Arts and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where his principal teachers were Marek Jablonski, Robin Wood and Alma Brock-Smith.

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pez reitz

Pej Reitz, pianist, is a native of the Binghamton Area. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis. She attended Boston University, New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and accompanying with Allen Rogers. She has accompanied throughout the United States, in England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program by the United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts.

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pez reitz

Praised by critics as “a pianist who is truly passionate, sensitive, and musical … an extremely polished, expressive, and vibrant pianist,” Young Kim has performed internationally as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras, in addition to appearing numerous times as a chamber musician. A Steinway Artist, her many recital venues include Steinway Hall in New York City, Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall in Santa Barbara, Memorial Chapel and Proctors Theater in Schenectady, Troy Music Hall and Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy.

Dr. Kim has been frequently invited to present lectures, recitals, and master classes in numerous colleges and universities in Asia as well as in the United States. She is a recipient of 2016 Thomas A. Manion Distinguished Faculty Award from The College of Saint Rose Alumni Association. This award is presented to a faculty member in recognition of excellence in teaching, outstanding professional accomplishment, and concern for the students demonstrated by influencing their personal and professional lives.

Dr. Kim founded Piano Intensive Study, a summer program at the Saint Rose Summer Youth Music for pre-college students in 2010 and directed the Piano Program until 2013. It is now part of the Saint Rose Pre-College Experience, and she continues to participate as a Guest Artist by presenting Piano Master Classes.

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