Dazzling guitarist Marcin Dylla to headline Symphony concert

Dramatic music inspired by Romeo and Juliet  featured

A garden filled with romantic music based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will fill the concert hall when the Glacier Symphony Orchestra presents “Paradise Garden” on November 18 at 3 pm in Flathead High Performance Hall in Kalispell. Complementing the program will be the highly regarded classical guitarist, Marcin Dylla, in a performance of the Spanish-influenced Concierto del sur for guitar and orchestra, by Manuel Ponce. 

Music Director, John Zoltek, has programmed selections from three composers, from the genres of opera, ballet and concert overture, whose pieces were influenced by the tragically romantic tale of the two young lovers. The concert will open with Frederick Delius’ work The Walk to Paradise Garden from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet. In the second half the orchestra will perform excerpts from Prokofiev’s famous Romeo and Juliet Suite ballet and finish grandly with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, one of the most popular and dramatic of all his concert works with soaring themes and violent orchestral sonorities. 

 
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Maestro Zoltek explains that as he compiled the program he felt the music of Concierto del sur, translated as concert of the south, expresses nature and the outdoors and thus he came to the concert title of Paradise Garden. “It’s very Mediterranean sounding, with a Spanish feel,” adding that the work is one of Marcin Dylla’s favorite pieces that he performs frequently with orchestras. 

“It is rare to hear such a world acclaimed master of the classical guitar perform with the symphony. Mexican composer Ponce has created an evocative piece full of musical sunlight and buoyancy. I know our audience will absolutely be impressed by Marcin Dylla’s deep artistry and technical command. He is exceptional. Not to be missed,” he continues.   

Hailed by the Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet,” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in the recent history of classical guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs, and music lovers certify that Dylla is among the world's elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position and garnered an unparalleled number of awards, including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007, at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. 

Tickets for the concert are available in a range of seating prices starting at $5 for youth through grade 12, $10 for college age, $27 and $37 for adults in two seating tiers. Buy online at www.glaciersymphony.org or call the GS Box Office, 406-407-7000, open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, and located at 69 N. Main St. Kalispell. Business sponsors for this concert are Don K Subaru, JCCS, Urology Associates and Rotary Clubs of Flathead Valley along with the 2018-19 Season Benefactor Glacier Bank and Sustaining Supporter First Montana Bank.

Thanksgiving Symphony Food Drive

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Glacier Symphony will hold a Food Drive for the Flathead Valley Food Bank at the concert. Donations of nonperishable food will be accepted between 2 and 4 pm and raffle tickets will be awarded offering a prize of four tickets to attend the December 15-16 concert, This Sacred Season and Messiah. For more information on the Symphony Food Drive and to make early donations, call 406-407-7000.   

Susan Estes