Paris Bustle & Blues Sold Out! Tickets now Available for Dress Rehearsal01 Feb 2018, Posted by Concert Announcement, News in
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO – On Saturday, February 3, the PSO will transport a sold out audience back to the jazzy streets of the 1920s through the rhythms of Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin at Paris Bustle & Blues. Due to popular demand, the afternoon dress rehearsal has been opened up to the public. Dress rehearsal audience members will get a preview of the concert and a glimpse into the creative process.
French composer Ravel’s imaginative works influenced Gershwin’s own kaleidoscopes of sound during a decade when the boundaries of art and music were being pushed. The orchestra will perform Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite), Bolero, and Pavane, as well as Gershwin’s An American in Paris. This third concert of the PSO’s 51st season will feature inspired young Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov, playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, a public foundation that inspires giving to build a vital community for everyone.
PSO Music Director & Conductor, Michael Newnham, feels the music of Ravel and Gershwin perfectly capture the atmosphere of life in Paris in the early part of the 20th century, a city and time that pique the curiosity and imagination of many people. “There is something in the music of both of these composers which defines a place and a time. A time of optimism, opportunity and energy,” he says. “Sometimes we think that certain places and time periods seem to offer something special. The very idea of Paris summons up so many images for so many of us. We all want to go there, especially when our weather becomes cold and dull. The music of Ravel, with its colour and perfect beauty, and Gershwin’s with its combination of energy and tenderness, can take us there, even for just a moment.”
Adding to the experience of Paris Bustle & Blues, will be Anastasia Rizikov’s performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Newnham has been aware of Rizikov’s talent for several years. He says, “After a couple of attempts to invite her to collaborate on a concert, I am very happy that she is coming to delight Peterborough audiences with our orchestra.”
After earning first place at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition, Rizikov made her orchestral debut at age seven with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Since then, she has appeared with major orchestras around the world, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, and City of Granada Orchestra. Now 19-years-old, she has worked with such conductors as Neal Gittleman, Peter Oundjian, Shalom Bard, Bernhard Gueller, Alain Trudel, Boris Brott, Ovidiu Balan, and Salvador Brotons. Her concert and competition schedules have taken her throughout Asia, North America and Europe, where she has played in such prestigious spaces as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Fazioli Hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Hong Kong City Hall, and the Kremlin. Competing in adult competitions since the age of 12, Rizikov has won first place over musicians twice her age at Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy 2015), Jaén International Piano Competition (Jaén, Spain 2015), “Giuliano Pecar” International Piano Competition (Gorizia, Italy 2013), George Gershwin International Music Competition (Brooklyn, New York 2013) and Rotary International Piano Competition (Palma de Mallorca, Spain 2011).
Looking ahead to her collaboration with the PSO, Rizikov says about the experience of performing in front of an audience, “There is something very special and unique about the combination of adrenaline, spontaneity [and] passion coming from the soloist, as well as a strong energy coming from the audience, regardless of how big or small, which is irreplaceable by a recording studio or practice room. The feeling of freedom, playing in the moment, as well as a personal connection with the listeners, allows me to express myself most openly on stage.”
Single concert tickets for the 7:30pm performance of Paris Bustle & Blues are SOLD OUT. Dress rehearsal tickets are now available for $12. To purchase dress rehearsal tickets, visit the Showplace box office in-person (290 George St. N, Peterborough), online at www.showplace.org or call 705-742-SHOW(7469). Dress rehearsal audience members are asked to arrive by 1:20pm for a 1:30pm start.