• Symphony of the Mountains upcoming February concert

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    January 08, 2019
    Cornelia Laemmli Orth, Music Director                             For Immediate Release
    Telephone: 973 618 6521
    E-Mail: cornelia@symphonyofthemountains.org
    On February 2nd at 7:30, Symphony of the Mountains, led by Cornelia Laemmli Orth, will begin the second half of their season with a charming evening at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN, as they present their Classical Masters concert. They’ll be joined by celebrated pianist Miri Yampolsky as they perform pieces from Beethoven, Schumann, and Asheville native Jack Jarrett that are certain to delight both newcomers and seasoned patrons.
    The night begins with Jack Jarrett’s Mediation from his larger work, “Serenade for Strings” with the Youth Orchestra strings accompanying the full symphony.  A delicate yet sweeping piece, Mediation is a perfect analogy for the overall theme of the concert as it blends heart-swelling harmonies while showing off the intricate technical skills of the players. Jarrett’s varied background in teaching, composing, conducting, and music theory is why his pieces are so accessible for any type of audience. He embraces that he is influenced by all types of music and has himself acknowledged that he does not look to establish a “personal style.” He instead aims to create music that, in his words, “. . . is extremely eclectic, it does not try to be original at all costs. It does try, however, to be satisfying to listen to.”
    The second piece brings soloist Miri Yampolsky’s virtuosic talent to the forefront as she combines impeccable technique with incredible artistry for Schumann’s Concerto for Piano, Op. 54 in A minor. Not only does her dexterity shine through in seemingly-impossible passages, but her musicality allows the melding of her instrument with the orchestra to create what feels like a true duet. Yampolsky’s soloist debut at 16 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra began her meteoric trajectory to success, as she has won numerous accolades, awards, and scholarships since then. She has gone on to perform with orchestras worldwide, but her connection to this orchestra is particularly meaningful as her uncle, Victor Yampolsky, was Cornelia’s teacher and mentor at Northwestern University.
    The evening’s finale is a brilliant culmination of styles, moods and themes, as Symphony of the Mountains finishes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.” Beethoven had originally dedicated the piece to Napoleon Bonaparte, whom he admired for his anti-monarchy views and democratic way of thinking. Upon hearing Napoleon had declared himself Emperor, Beethoven flew into a rage, tore the title page of the symphony apart, and threw it to the floor in disgust exclaiming, “. . . now he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant!” He then published the symphony under the title of “Heroic Symphony, Composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.”
    Symphony of the Mountains, the area’s only professional orchestra, seeks to continue the tradition of excellent musical entertainment in our region through education and enriching cultural experiences, and this concert will certainly meet that criteria.
    Adult tickets are $30 with students and children admitted free. Call the Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or visit www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org for tickets.
    Sponsored by: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, Eastman Foundation, Gregory Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc., James & Laura Rogers Foundation, The Estate of James C. Martin In Memory of Mary B. Martin, Marvin & Marcia Gilliam, Jr. Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pro-Art Association, Tennessee Arts Commission, United Company Charitable Foundation, Women’s Symphony Committee
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    If you would like more information about the concert or to schedule an interview, please contact Jenny Smith at (423) 392-8423 or email jenny.smith@SymphonyOfTheMountains.org
    Classical Masters
                Featuring Miri Yampolsky, Piano
                Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 7:30pm
                Paramount Center for the Arts
                518 State St.
                Bristol, TN 37620
                Adult Tickets: $30
                Students and Children free