Classical Music World: Concert Surprises

Rising star Natasha Paremski will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7 in the Smith Auditorium … and her program is spectacular! Courtesy photo
 
Classical Music World
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN
LACA Artistic Director
 
The Show Must Go On
 
Presenting a classical concert series always comes with surprises. The Los Alamos Concert Association is dealing with a surprise right now, namely an artist who will not be performing.
 

Pianist Ingrid Fliter has regretfully canceled her May 7 appearance, the final concert of our season. A family issue requires that she remain in Buenos Aires for the next month. So what to do?

This is where artists’ agents earn their keep. Ingrid Fliter’s agent used her many contacts in the world of classical artist management to identify replacements. Within 12 hours of the phone call that alerted me to this situation she had presented me with five fine pianists who were available, willing to fly to New Mexico and perform on rather short notice.

The final choice was clear and I think our audience will be very pleased indeed. Rising star Natasha Paremski will perform on the same date we had scheduled for Ingrid Fliter, Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium. And, her program is spectacular!

She will open with Chopin: three mazurkas and the Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54. This will be some consolation to audience members who were looking forward to Fliter’s performance of the complete Chopin Preludes.

Next she will play the Variations on a Theme by Paganini by Johannes Brahms. Nicolo Paganini’s theme, from his Caprice No.24 in A minor, has inspired dozens of composers to spin out arrangements, sets of variations and rhapsodic treatments. Perhaps prompted by the hyper-virtuosity of Paganini’s original composition, Brahms’ variations are uncharacteristically flamboyant. He wrote 28 variations, an astonishing display of his own musical imagination.    

Ms. Paremski’s closer, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at the Exhibition, is subtitled A Remembrance of Viktor Hartmann. Hartmann, an architect and artist, was a close friend and Mussorgsky was inspired to compose this virtuosic suite of short pieces by his visit to an 1874 memorial exhibition of Hartmann’s work in St. Petersburg. The recurring Promenade depicts Mussorgsky moving through the gallery and the ten short pieces are his musical response to individual pictures. What wonderful titles they have! The Ballet of Chicks in their Shells. The Hut of Baba Yaga.  The Great Gate at Kiev.

It seems very fitting that this concert features an exciting young pianist as we are dedicating it to the memory of Rosalie Heller, pianist, teacher and long–time LACA Artistic Director. I think Rosalie would be pleased. 

Visit www.losalamosconcert.org for more information about Natasha Paremski and for ticket and venue information. We hope to see you there! 

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