Salisbury Symphony shares ‘Grace and Grandeur’

  • Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert with the theme “Grace and Grandeur” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College.

The music will begin following an on-stage conversation with music director David Hagy.

Maurice Ravel originally planned to honor his great friend Francois Couperin with “Le tombeau de Couperin,” but expanded the tribute to acknowledge six friends.

Four of these tributes were orchestrated by Ravel, “one of the greatest orchestrators in music history,” writes Dr. Renee McCachren in her program notes.

“Ravel possessed a remarkable genius for colorful instrumental combinations,” McCachren said. “First performed in 1920, this orchestrated version has remained very popular among concert audiences.”

Claude Debussy’s “Fantaisie” for piano and orchestra is an early work and his only composition for solo piano and orchestra.

A bit of a “rebel,” Debussy disregarded the rules of the day and wrote the piece so that the solo piano and orchestra are “equal partners, complementing each other throughout,” said McCachren.

Dmitri Shteinberg is the soloist. A native of Moscow, Shteinberg studied at the Gnessin Special School of Music.

He holds a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, and performs all over the world.

Currently a piano teacher at the UNC School of the Arts, Salisbury is lucky to have a pianist of this caliber close by.

Music director David Hagy is doubly excited as it is believed that this performance of the Debussy is an area premiere.

“Certainly it is rarely performed … especially this revised version,” he said.

After intermission, the Salisbury Symphony will perform the “grand” Symphony No. 4 in E Minor by Johannes Brahms.

In contrast to the “rebellious” Debussy, Brahms was an ardent classicist. His habit of “restoring earlier models in his own work is underscored in this piece.”

Concert tickets may be purchased in advance at any of the symphony’s ticket outlets including Belk, the Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sidewalk Deli, Crescent Pharmacy, Green Goat Gallery or Silver Showcase.

Tickets are available through PayPal at or by calling the symphony office at 704-637-4314.

A package deal called “Symphony in E-ats major” is available by calling the symphony box office. It includes a 25 percent discount on concert tickets and a 15 percent discount on dinner that evening at either DJ’s or ethos.

The box office will open one hour before the performance begins. Balcony For A Buck tickets may be purchased at that time.

Bill and Nancy Stanback are the concert’s sponsors.

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