Mukilteo orchestra to kick off season with Brahms

Oct 11, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Trevor Lutzenhiser, conductor and artistic director for the Mukilteo Community Orchestra, stands before an audience at Rosehill Community Center during a concert on May 21.

For the first concert of its 2017-18 season, the Mukilteo Community Orchestra 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.

“We are honored to feature Dr. Vaičekonis as our soloist for our first concert of this season,” Conductor and Artistic Director Trevor Lutzenhiser said.

“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.”

The orchestra will also present Brahms Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 and Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op.56a during the free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo. Lutzenhiser will present a pre-concert lecture beginning at 1:20 p.m.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Vaičekonis 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. He 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 in Ohio and the University of Washington.

The 2017-2018 season will continue with a second concert on Dec. 17 when the 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 concerts are set for March 18 and May 20 of 2018.

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