Aubree Oliverson is only 17 years old, yet she has been featured twice on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” has won the Utah Symphony Salute-to-Youth competition three times, and has co-composed and recorded five original CDs. She was only 12 when she soloed at Carnegie Hall. This talented young artist will perform with the Pasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) on May 15, at 8 p.m., at the First Church of the Nazarene. The program will include the “Symphonie Espagnole” and “Symphony #104.”
French composer Edouard Lalo was inspired to write the fiery “Symphonie Espagnole” in 1875 (really a violin concerto structured like a symphony) after hearing the impassioned playing of famed Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate. The audience will be transported by this orchestral evocation of Spain, which includes plenty of the combination of fire and grace that characterizes its music and dance.
“Symphony #104,” Haydn’s last symphony, is probably also his best-known and best-loved. By the time Haydn wrote this symphony he was regarded as Europe’s greatest composer, so he felt free to make bold statements throughout it. After the opening fanfare, the symphony charges forward to become a joyous ride that picks up catchy melodies, momentum, and speed.
The First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., one block west of Michillinda Ave. Parking is free and wheelchair accessible. Immediately following the concert the audience can meet the soloist, the Music Director, and the other musicians at a reception.
Admission to the concert will be free (donations welcome at the door), and no reservations are needed. The event is possible in part by the Michael J. Connell Foundation, the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission, the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Pasadena Community Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and LA County Arts Commission.
For more information see http://www.pcomusic.org.
Photo: Aubree Oliverson – courtesy of the PCO