Glacier Symphony brings “Schubert and the Egyptian” to the concert stage in February

Glacier Symphony
Media Release

For Immediate Release
Date: February 2, 2018
Contact: Marti Kurth, GSC Media Relations: mediamartik@gmail.com (406) 862-3608 (cell)

Glacier Symphony brings “Schubert and the Egyptian” to the concert stage in February
“A Piano Valentine” offers a special evening of music with piano virtuoso, Stephen Beus
“Schubert and the Egyptian” is a whimsical title capturing the fun essence of Glacier Symphony’s
next concert offering featuring works by two popular composers, French composer Camille Saint-Saens and Viennese master Franz Schubert. The concerts will be held on February 17 and 18 at Flathead High Performance Hall in Kalispell.

The concert will open with the orchestral showpeice “Bacchanale” from Saint-Saens’ opera
“Samson and Delilah”. Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major “The Egyptian” featuring soloist, piano virtuoso Stephen Beus, will follow. Saint-Saens is known best for his popular works Carnival of the Animals, Dance Macabre, his great Organ Symphony No.3 as well as five piano concertos. “The Egyptian” concerto is filled with bounteous lyricism and so named because its exotic second movement is influenced by North African music.

“It’s an absolutely beautiful concerto as will be aptly demonstrated by our soloist Stephen Beus
who last appeared here in 2016 performing Schumann during Festival Amadeus in Whitefish,” comments Glacier Symphony Music Director, John Zoltek.

Following intermission Maestro Zoltek will lead the orchestra in Schubert’s impressive Symphony No. 9 in C Major “Great” one of the finest symphonies from the early Romantic period. Zoltek explains that the symphony is a profound work that encapsulates Schubert’s song style offering lyrical folksy melodies within the symphonic context. “It explores a seemingly endless progression of beautiful tunes and melodies, tinted with just the right amount of Viennese sentiment, with rustic and kitsch elements.”

Zoltek says that Schubert fuses a large-scale symphonic form with his personal Austrian song-
style resulting in a true masterpiece like no other in the repertoire. “It may have been a starting point for a new direction of expanded symphonic form which sadly, Schubert didn’t live to fully realize. The work was discovered in a desk drawer after his death by composer Robert Schumann,” he adds.

Both performances will be held at Flathead High Performance Hall in Kalispell on Saturday,
February 17 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, February 18, at 3 pm. A special $15 ticket price on Saturday night only, is being offered for tier 2 and 3 seats in honor of Valentine’s Day. All youth through grade 12 are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased online at www.glaciersymphony.org and at the Glacier Symphony Box Office by calling 406-407-7000, located at 69 N. Main St. Kalispell.

Support for the concert is provided by Urology Associates in Kalispell.

“A Piano Valentine” featuring solo piano works by Stephen Beus is planned for Thursday, February 15, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Champagne, wine and sweets will be offered. It will be held in the intimate setting of the Glacier Symphony Salon room, 69 N. Main Street, Kalispell. Tickets are $30 each or $25 each for groups of four or more and can be purchased at the Box Office 406-407-7000 and online at www.glaciersymphony.org by February 12. Seating is limited and early purchase is recommended.

ABOUT Stephen Beus:
“Mesmerizing... explosive... intelligent... he belongs on the world stage” (Salt Lake Tribune).
“...His playing is strikingly original and, despite his youth, he has an interpretive voice all his own...
Above all, his playing is so natural as to seem effortless and the sound he produces has extraordinary richness and depth, not quite like anyone else’s.” (Fanfare magazine)
In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer
International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis). He was a semi finalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn competition and, as a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and James DePreist,

He has performed as guest soloist with symphony orchestras around the globe in Spain, Denmark,
Finland, Morocco, and across the US. Equally active as a soloist, he has given recitals across the United States as well as in Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, China, France, Italy, Portugal, and the Czech Republic

Born and raised on a farm in eastern Washington, Mr. Beus began lessons at age 5 and made his
orchestral debut four years later. He went on to win numerous national and international competitions throughout his youth, capturing the attention of both audiences and critics.
Mr. Beus holds degrees from Whitman College, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University, and his teachers have included Leonard Richter, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Christina Dahl, and Paulette Richards. He has recorded on the Endeavor Classics, Harmonia Mundi, and Centaur Records labels. Stephen Beus is a Steinway Artist and currently teaches at Brigham Young University. For more details, visit www.stephenbeus.com.

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