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Scheherazade - Classical Sunday

  • Flathead High Performance Hall, Kalispell 644 4th Avenue West Kalispell, MT, 59901 United States (map)

Dates, Times and Locations:
February 17, 2019, 3pm to 5pm at Flathead High Performance Hall, Kalispell 

Concert Information:
Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor
Andrew Staupe, piano

Notes From Maestro Zoltek:

On Sunday February 17th the symphony performs two fantastic works that will stir and Romance your Soul. The colorful orchestral suite “Scheherazade,” by Russian composer and master of orchestration, Rimsky-Korsakov is one of the most popular showpieces in the entire repertoire. 

The gorgeous melodies, exotic orchestral colors and vibrant rhythms will wash over you and transport you to the fantasy and exotic imagery of “One Thousand and One Nights” upon which the musical work was initially inspired. This piece is so impactful that it often serves as a “gate way” or first step into the love of romantic classical music. It is beloved by both new and seasoned listeners to orchestral music. 

Our guest pianist Andrew Staupe has performed here a number of times. He is absolutely one of my favorite pianists. This time he will bring his considerable mastery of the piano to the interpretation of the great Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 

This concerto is really all piano in that the primary focus is the substantial material that is consistently offered by the piano writing throughout the 40-minute length of the piece. The orchestra, although present, takes a largely subsidiary role, creating much more of a subtly supportive accompaniment rather than the usual musical dialogue and exchange. 

This Chopin concerto gives lovers of piano music a real taste of Chopin’s virtuosity as a young pianist destined to make his mark on the musical scene in early 19th century Paris! The work literally shines and glistens with poetic lines set in the brilliant original piano techniques and colors of Chopin! Our soloist Andrew will bring his full powers to realize the deep beauty of this impressive piece.

Andrew Staupe Bio:

Pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. Andrew has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and many other orchestras throughout the United States.

“Mr. Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease ...” – New York Concert Review

Concert Program:

Bellini – Overture to Norma
Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor 
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade

Later Event: April 26
Spring Festival