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Symphoria: Lawerence Loh, Peter Rovit, Arvilla Wendland

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Saturday, February 29 at 7:30pm
Smith Opera House
Geneva Concerts

Violinist Peter Rovit and violist Arvilla Wendland perform Mozart’s delightful Sinfonia Concertante. Music Director Lawrence Loh will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Overture to “Fidelio” and his cheerful Symphony No. 4.

There will be a Pre-Concert Talk at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. All ticket holders are invited to attend.

In his program notes, Peter J. Rabinowitz writes that Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante is a true double concerto where, as viola soloist Arvilla Wendland puts it, “the interactions are seamless” in such a way that the two soloists emerge as absolute equals. “The two solo instruments play exactly the same material, too, except in the cadenzas”—although Mozart takes pains to switch things up. Thus, says Arvilla, “if one plays the first part of a phrase and the other finishes, in the recap it’s the opposite.”  That back and forth reminds you of an “operatic dialogue,” says Peter Rovit, typical of the vocal way Mozart often treats solo instruments.

Rovit and Wendland are especially gratified to be playing the work with their colleagues in Symphoria: there’s room for far more subtle interaction with the orchestra, since they’ve “played chamber music with half the people on the stage.”

But first on the concert is the Overture to “Fidelio,” Beethoven’s only opera. After intermission, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Both are programmed to commemorate Ludwig van Beethoven’s (1770–1827) 250th anniversary.

Peter Rovit, concertmaster of Symphoria, has performed throughout the U.S. and at music festivals such as Aspen, Taos, Yellow Barn, Hot Springs, Skaneateles, and Musical Spring in Saint Petersburg (Russia) as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist. A concerto competition winner at both the Hartt School and at SUNY Stony Brook, Rovit has also performed as a soloist with the Montgomery Symphony, the Fort Smith Symphony, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony. He was a recipient of the prestigious Montgomery Symphony Violin Fellowship, has been a member of the Quartet Oklahoma, Associate Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Concertmaster of the Tuscaloosa Symphony.

Arvilla Wendland has performed at Alice Tully Hall, with the Quartz Mountain Chamber Players, and as part of the Brightmusic Chamber Music Series. She was featured in the Young Artist Concert Series at the Aspen Music Festival. She has also performed at the National Conference of the Society of Composers and for the Oklahoma and Alabama Viola Societies. In the Central New York area, Wendland has performed for the Society for New Music, Ensemble X, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Civic Morning Musicals’ Live! at the Everson, Joyful Noise, Merry Go Round Theater, and Cornell’s Mayfest. Previous appointments include Principal Violist of the Mississippi Symphony and violist of the Mississippi Quartet, and Assistant Principal Violist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Symphoria’s Music Director, Lawrence Loh, was named Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony commencing in 2017 at the conclusion of his 12-year tenure as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Also, Loh had a decade-plus association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he currently leads annual pops and other select programs.

Symphoria is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in late 2012 as a musician-led cooperative orchestra, one of only two in the United States. This business model is designed to be artistically excellent, administratively lean, and financially resilient. The orchestra presents more than 50 concerts and reaches 100,000 people annually in venues ranging from libraries and health care facilities to public parks, churches, museums, and their home venue, the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the Civic Center.

Symphoria is composed of a diverse group of talented musicians hailing from all across the globe, bringing with them a breadth of musical talent that extends far beyond the Syracuse community.

 

TICKETS

Single ticket prices are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $10 for full-time college students with I.D. Children through grade 12 are always admitted FREE thanks to our Sponsor-a-Student program. Tickets are available online at www.GenevaConcerts.org, at The Smith Opera House and Stomping Grounds in Geneva, Mobile Music in Canandaigua, The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls, Longs’ Cards & Books in Penn Yan, and at the door. All seating is general admission.

The night of the concert, Geneva Concerts volunteers will be available at the entrance to the theater to assist patrons with mobility problems. Drivers can bring passengers to the front door. We will help them from the car and into the front lobby where seating will be available until the driver parks and arrives with the tickets.

Geneva On The Lake is offering a special prix fixe dinner for concert-goers. Patrons will be able to select three courses from the regular menu with a glass of wine for $49 (plus tax and gratuity): one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert (the flaming desserts are not included). Seating is at 5:15 p.m. Diners will be asked to present that day’s ticket or a receipt showing purchase. Reservations are required. Please call 315-789-7190.

ABOUT GENEVA CONCERTS

Geneva Concerts has brought live music and dance to the community since the 1940s, especially encouraging young people to attend through the Sponsor-A-Student program and educational outreach programs brought to the schools.

For more information, visit www.GenevaConcerts.org. Contact Geneva Concerts at (315) 781-0565 or info@genevaconcerts.org.

This concert is made possible, in part, by generous underwriting from the Williams Family Foundation, by a continuing subscription from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants (FLCAG), and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts.

Tickets:$30-$35, $10 college students, Free K-12 and HWS students