Fort Collins Symphony
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, treat your someone special to a live orchestral experience at the Fort Collins Symphony’s “Gold Standard” concert at 7:30 PM on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center. Under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney, the performance includes music composed by Alexey Shor, Béla Kovács, Benjamin Britten, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Boris Allakhverdyan, Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is the featured guest artist.
The concert begins with Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from the opera, Peter Grimes. The music takes a passionate dive into the life and troubles of a surly fisherman who is mistrusted and shunned by his neighbors. Beginning with the mysterious, suspenseful Dawn, the suite culminates with the powerfully tempestuous Storm.
Alexey Shor’s Verdiana for Clarinet and Orchestra will be performed by guest artist Boris Allakhverdyan. Written in the style of three different dances, the piece begins with high-energy and fast-paced excitement before becoming slow and elegant, finishing in the form of a tango. Throughout the whole, it maintains a playful air and a hint of mischief.
Sholem Aleichem, Rov Feidman! is a lively, klezmer-toned work by Béla Kovács. Taken from the musical traditions of the Ashkenazi Jews, solo clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan will expertly spin this into a masterpiece of sliding notes and sounds. With the nostalgia of days gone by, the work begins with a mysterious, somewhat melancholy theme. It then morphs into a swift, delightfully playful (almost flirtatious) conclusion.
Finishing with a true gold standard in music, the Fort Collins Symphony will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor. This titan among symphonies is both a testament to Beethoven’s skills and a powerful symbol of what classical music has to offer. Its iconic opening melody is one of the most well-known, recognizable themes in the world, and is proof of how music can reach the masses even centuries after first being written.
Guest Artist Boris Allakverdyan was appointed as the Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Previously, he served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. The New York Times has called his performance “inspired,” “gorgeous” and “superlative,” and the Los Angeles Times praised his “energetic, vibrant solos.” Mr. Allakhverdyan serves on the faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, as well as at California State University at Fullerton.
Pre-Concert Talks and Events:
Composer Talk – Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at noon, Old Town Public Library.
The concert week begins with the Friends of the Symphony’s Composer Talk by Dr.
Dawn Grapes. Free.
Open Rehearsal – Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM, Lincoln Center.
The public is welcome to attend the FCS Open Rehearsal. Free
Pre-Concert Lecture – February 1, 2020, 6:30 PM, Lincoln Center.
FCS Maestro Wes Kenney offers a pre-concert lecture detailing the evening’s music.
Concert ticket required.
The FCS Season 70 is sponsored by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Dr. Peter Springberg, Dr. Ed Siegel, Colorado Creative Industries, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Gold Standard concert is sponsored by the Kenneth & Myra Monfort Charitable Foundation, Mary Pat McCurdie, Jane Sullivan, Paul Wood Florist, The Elizabeth Hotel, KRFC 88.9 FM, and Rare Italian. The guest artist is sponsored by Plante Moran.