CHOPIN AND SIBELIUS: TWO NATIONALISTS

Event details

  • Sunday | 3rd May, 2015
  • 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church
    540 William Hilton Parkway
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
  • 843-842-2055
  • Christopher Wilkins
    Conductor

    Arianna Körting
    Piano

Sibelius Sesquicentennial Celebration – 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Finnish composer.

Sibelius Finlandia
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
Sibelius Symphony No. 5

 

Christopher Wilkins, Conductor

Christopher-WilkinsChristopher Wilkins became Music Director of the Akron Symphony in the fall of 2006. Since then the orchestra’s programming has reflected his strong interest in community-oriented projects.  During his tenure he has made it a priority to develop partnerships with artists and organizations based in Northeast Ohio, and to develop educational programming for all ages.  Collaborators have included the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron Art Museum, Firestone High School, the Summit County Historical Society, Hale Farm and Village, YEPAW 365, and GroundWorks Dance Theater.

In addition to the Akron Symphony, Mr. Wilkins serves as Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, a summer orchestra performing weekly on Boston’s Esplanade and throughout the neighborhoods of Boston. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with many of the leading orchestras of the United States, including those of Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. He has also appeared frequently with orchestras in Latin America, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK.
He previously served as Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony and the Colorado Springs Symphony, and is currently Artistic Advisor to the Opera Theatre of the Rockies in Colorado Springs. Mr. Wilkins also served as resident conductor of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, helping in the formation of that orchestra in its inaugural season, and subsequently leading it on tours throughout the Americas.

Mr. Wilkins was winner of the Seaver/NEA Award in 1992. He served as the associate conductor of the Utah Symphony, assisting his former teacher Joseph Silverstein; assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, as assistant to Music Director Christoph von Dohnányi; conducting assistant with the Oregon Symphony under Music Director James DePreist; and was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Born in Boston in 1957, Mr. Wilkins earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. As an oboist, he performed with many ensembles in the Boston area, including the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Boston Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander. He received his Master’s of Music degree from Yale University, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller.

 

Arianna Kȍrting, Piano

Arianna-KortingPraised for “producing music of rare quality”(The Philippine Star) Arianna Körting, a Young Steinway Artist, has performed throughout the world in solo recital and with orchestra, in radio and television, winning top prizes in national and international competitions. Arianna was one of eighteen recipients nationwide under the age of 18 to have been selected as a 2011 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Recognized by the United States Senate, her achievements were entered into the Congressional Record on October 6, 2011. Premier awards include: First Prizes in the Fifth Julia Crane International Piano Competition, the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the CIPC Young Artists Competition, the David D. Dubois Piano Competition and in the Duquesne Young Artists National Piano Competition. Arianna’s numerous performances include: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in NYC, broadcasts of NPR’s From the Top in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the opening ceremonies for the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Mixon Hall, at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, King’s College School in Cambridge, England, the Canadian Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, St. Cecilia’s Hall in Manila, Philippines and the Beijing Music Festival and Academy in Beijing, China.

Ms. Körting is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal. Arianna began piano studies at the age of three with Tanya Groys-Kapinos and was the Valedictorian for the 2012 graduating class of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory Division, where she studied with Gerardo Teissonniere. She has performed in master classes for Imogen Cooper, Pavlina Dokovska, Richard Goode, Bao Huiqiao, Joela Jones, David Owen-Norris, Roberto Plano, Peter Takacs, Paul Wirth, and in Paul Schenly’s Pianofest, as one of the youngest pianists to appear in the series’ history. She was a member of the Junior Jury in the 2009 and 2011 editions of The Cleveland International Piano Competition. An award-winning and avid chamber musician, she was named one of the 2009-2010 Rembrandt Young Artists at the Rembrandt Chamber Players High School Chamber Music Competition in Chicago, semi-finalist at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Competition and received the Live From Lincoln Center

]“Outstanding Student Performance Award”.
Arianna organizes benefit concerts throughout the year and is the founder of The Animato Project, an interactive program of classical music for elementary school children.

 

Jean Sibelius
Finlandia, Op. 26 
Sweden relinquished Finland to the Russian Empire in 1809, where it became an autonomous duchy with significant control over its own affairs. Beginning in 1870, however, Russia gradually began to rescind Finland’s privileges and autonomy. While Swedish was the language of the educated and of the middle class, Russian repression aroused strong nationalist feelings and initiated a revival of the Finnish language. Jean Sibelius was born into this new nationalism and in 1876 enrolled in the first grammar school to teach in Finnish. Finland finally gained its independence towards the end of World War I.

Frédéric Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 
The son of a French father and Polish mother, Frédéric Chopin was born and grew up in Poland; but after the collapse of the Polish revolution against Russia in 1831, he went into exile to France. He settled in Paris, which was then the center of Polish émigrés.

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82
All his life Sibelius suffered from bouts of alcoholism. Early on it caused a tremor in his right hand that prevented him from fulfilling his primary ambition of becoming a concert violinist. At numerous times in his life he went on the wagon, only to backslide repeatedly. It was during one of his dry periods late in 1914 that he started composing his Symphony No. 5, premiering it in 1915 in celebration of his 50th birthday. The version generally performed today, however, is the product of four additional years of revisions.