Saturday, February 16, 2013

The French Connection

This past Sunday, the Michigan Philharmonic performed at the First Methodist Church in Plymouth. Adorn in red for the "Go Red Campaign" the orchestra performed "The French Connection". The pews of the beautiful church were filled as the Michigan Phil performed pieces by Maurice Ravel, Louise Farrenc, and Mark Petering. Joining the orchestra this performance was composer Dr. Mark Petering and Canadian pianist, Anastasia Rizikov, with Petering's Fanfare and Reflection after Ravel starting the afternoon. A brilliant performance showcased the impressionistic composition that paid tribute to Ravel and was a beautiful introduction to a French styled concert.
Dr. Petering answering questions with Washburn before the concert.
The audience was then wowed by Rizikov's performance during Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major. Hearing Rizikov insert emotion in every note, it was hard to believe that she is only fourteen years old. After the concerto, Rizikov entertained the audience with solo works before the intermission.
With these special guests in attendance, we cannot forget the orchestras and conductor Nan Washburn's musicianship. The orchestra brought to life Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op36 by relativity unknown female composer, Louise Farrenc. To close the concert, the orchestra performed Ravel's Bolero arranged for a smaller orchestra.
Rizikov performing with the Michigan Philharmonic

The Michigan Philharmonic will be performing next at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton Michigan on March 9th. They will be performing "A Beetles Blast," a fun pops concert including the tunes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow and Billy Joel. For ticket information for this fun event please visit our website or call 734-451-2112.            

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