Mukilteo Community Orchestra opens this weekend

Nov 01, 2017
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Community Orchestra Danius Vaičekonis, special soloist for Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s upcoming concert.

The first concert of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra 2017-18 season takes place on Sunday, November 5.  It will feature an all Brahms program with a special solo performance of Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, OP. 15 featuring Dr. Dainius Vaičekonis.  The orchestra will also present Brahms Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 and Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op.56a.

The performance is at 2:00 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Avenue, Mukilteo.  A pre-concert lecture by Trevor Lutzenhiser, the orchestra’s conductor and artistic director, will begin at 1:20 p.m.  Admission is free to attend both the concert and pre-concert talk.

Dr. Dainius Vaičekonis is Assistant Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at Seattle Pacific University.  He has an extensive performance career as a soloist and collaborative artist in the U.S. and Europe.  He was a soloist with the Lithuanian National Symphony and locally with symphonies at the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, Bremerton, Port Angeles and Skagit County.  He is a winner of the Francis Walton Award Tour Competition and the University of Washington Concerto Competition and received recognition as a winner in the International Franz Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, Germany.  Dr. Vaičekonis earned degrees from the National Čiurlionis School of Art in Vilnius, the Lithuanian Academy of Music, the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and the University of Washington.

“We are honored to feature Dr. Vaičekonis as our soloist for our first concert of this season,” said Trevor Lutzenhiser, conductor and artistic director.  “The Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, OP. 15 is notable for its scale and grandeur and presents a thrilling performance opportunity.  We are delighted to bring Dr. Vaičekonis to Mukilteo and for the orchestra to accompany his performance of this work.”

Dr. Vaičekonis will be featured following intermission performing the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, OP. 15. The orchestra will open the concert with the Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 and Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op.56a.

The Academic Festival Overture was composed when the composer received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the German University in Breslau in 1880.  He conducted the first performance of the overture and the piece was recognized for portraying a range of student experiences from parties to academics through a masterful mixture of student songs and popular melodies.  Brahms composed Variations on a Theme by Haydn in Vienna in 1873.  It was based upon his interest in a set of divertimenti for winds attributed to Haydn known as the Choral St. Antoni, a hymn sung by pilgrims on St. Anthony’s Day.

The 2017-2018 season will continue with a second concert on December 17 when the Mukilteo Community Orchestra will again partner with the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association (SCMTA) in presenting a Young Artists Concert featuring student winners of the annual SCMTA Concerto Competition.  The remaining two orchestra concerts will be on March 18 and May 20, 2018.

More information about this concert and the orchestra can be found at www.mukilteoorchestra.org.

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