Colburn Orchestra Concert #1
Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM (PDT)
Yehuda Gilad, Music Director and Conductor
Francesca dePasquale, violin
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Dvorak: Violin Concerto
Mussorgsky: PIctures at an Exhibition (arr. Maurice Ravel)
A musical journey through Europe begins with boisterous sounds of Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture. Next, savor the Slavic influences found in Antonin Dvorak’s only violin concerto when the 2010 winner of the prestigious 2010 Irving M. Klein String Competition, Francesca de Pasquale, joins her Conservatory colleagues onstage. Anchoring the evening is what is arguably Mussorgsky’s most famous work Pictures at an Exhibition, brought to life through the masterful orchestration of Maurice Ravel. The work features charming orchestral tableaus-- from a charming glimpse of the Tuileries Garden in Paris to the Great Gates of Kiev and more.
About Francesca dePasquale
Born into a musical family in 1990, Philadelphia native Francesca dePasquale began the violin at age three as a Suzuki violinist, moving on to study privately with Charles Parker and Hirono Oka. Currently, she is in the studio of Robert Lipsett and a senior in the Bachelor of Music Program at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music. Additionally, Ms. dePasquale’s violin mentors include William dePasquale, Ellen dePasquale, Robert dePasquale, Joseph dePasquale, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Norman Carol.
As First Prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein String Competition, Ms. dePasquale has been celebrated for her “purity and intensity of artistry” (San Francisco State University Press Release—San Francisco, CA), further described by critics as “a young girl who fingers [the violin] beautifully, is technically superb and performs with flair and astounding grace” (The Kennett Paper—Kennett Square, PA) and “a technical gem,” delivering a “wonderfully mature performance, performed to near perfection…” (The Naples Daily News—Naples, FL). Recent solo performances include appearances with The American Youth Symphony and The Peninsula Symphony, as well as on the Noontime Concert recital series in San Francisco and the Music in the Vineyards chamber music series in Napa. Future appearances include performances with The Santa Cruz Symphony and on the Chamber Music Tulsa series.
Ms. dePasquale made her solo orchestral debut at age 9 when she toured Spain with The Main Line Chamber Orchestra and has since made appearances with The Peninsula Symphony, The American Youth Symphony, The Colburn Orchestra, The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, The Delaware County Symphony, The Kennett Symphony, The Bach Festival of Philadelphia, The Ocean City Pops, The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. As recitalist, Ms. dePasquale has collaborated with artists such as Natalie Zhu and Meng-Chieh Liu. In 2004 she was presented in her solo recital debut at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia by The Music Morning Musicales, a group sponsored by The West Philadelphia Committee of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Other recital presentations have included The Classic Chamber Concerts Rising Star series in Naples, FL, The Friends of Chamber Music Series in Reading, PA, and the Noontime Concert recital series in San Francisco, CA.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. dePasquale began appearing professionally with her family members at age 7 and has since collaborated with artists such as Paul Coletti, Guillaume Sutre, Ronald Leonard, Thomas Cooley, Nicholas Kitchen, Michael Adams, Bion Tsang, Jeffrey Sykes, and Richard Todd. Ms. dePasquale is currently Concertmaster of The Colburn Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of The American Youth Symphony, and a past participant of the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the National Arts Centre Institute for Orchestral Studies. Ms. dePasquale has appeared in numerous masterclasses led by artists such as Gil Shaham, Benny Kim, Corey Cerovsek, David Kim, Nicholas Kitchen, Scott St. John, The Tokyo String Quartet, The Emerson String Quartet, The Chicago String Quartet, The Cavani String Quartet, and The Miro String Quartet. Previous summer festivals include ENCORE School for Strings, The National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme, Yellow Barn Music Festival and School Young Artists Program, The Aspen Music School and Festival as a New Horizon Fellowship recipient, and the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop.
Seating begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the concert. In consideration of our artists and patrons in the hall, late seating will take place at the discretion of management. Certain programs are performed without intermission; therefore, no late seating can be offered at those concerts.
As a courtesy to the musicians and your fellow patrons, please turn off all pagers, mobile phones, watch alarms, or other electronic devices prior to the concert, and refrain from making noise (talking, coughing, unwrapping candy) during the performance.
Everyone in your party, regardless of age, must be able to sit quietly through a 2 hour concert without disturbing other patrons or the artists. Ushers will ask parents whose children are noisy or uncomfortable to take them outside of the hall. If there is repeated disruption, The Colburn School reserves the right to revoke admission and refund your ticket price.
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The Colburn School
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