Aiken Symphony Orchestra to Open New Season on October 30 | Entertainment


On October 30, the Aiken Symphony Orchestra will begin its new season with two masterpieces: “Symphony No. 7, op. 70, D minor ”, by Antonin Dvorak, and“ Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23, B flat minor ”, by Peter I. Tchaikovsky.

The performance will be directed under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Scott Weiss at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center at 471 University Parkway. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. An Illuminations Talk, a discussion of the pieces to be performed, will begin at 6.30 p.m. before the concert.

Weiss, who will debut with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, is the conductor and professor of music at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He has conducted orchestras and had teaching residences and workshops in Los Angeles; Sydney, Australia; and Shanghai and Beijing, China.

Since 2013, he has made a number of critically acclaimed CD recordings with various record companies, including Naxos, Summit and Cantaloupe records, according to a press release from the symphony.






The performance of the Aiken Symphony Orchestra will be conducted under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Scott Weiss. Weiss, who will debut with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, is the conductor and professor of music at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. He has conducted orchestras and had teaching residences and workshops in Los Angeles; Sydney, Australia; and Shanghai and Beijing, China. (Photo submitted)




In a return engagement with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, Marina Lomazov will star soloist in Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1”. Music critics across America have described Lomazov as “a piano diva”, from the Salt Lake City Tribune; “A spellbinding risk taker,” from The Cleveland Plain Dealer; and “Simply Spectacular,” from the Chicago International Music Foundation.

Lomazov, a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, has performed with major symphony orchestras around the world.

Composed in three movements, Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” has been acclaimed internationally as one of the most beloved concertos ever to be composed by a composer, according to the release. He has been described as “so original, so noble, so powerful”, and the world agrees.

It remains today one of the most important compositions in the world for piano and orchestra, and Lomazov’s performance will likely be remembered for a long time, the statement said.

Composed in 1885, Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 7” is very popular with critics and musicologists, according to the press release. Following the classical four-movement symphonic form, the work employs the tempos of Allegro (maestoso), Adagio (poco), Scherzo (vivace) and Allegro.

Sir Donald Francis Tovey, world renowned musicologist, said that, “along with Brahms’ Four Symphonies and Schubert’s’ Ninth ‘, this is one of the greatest and purest examples of this art form. from Beethoven.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aiken Symphony Orchestra has adopted a policy of following all of the Centers for Disease Control and USC Aiken policies regarding masking. The current policy is that anyone attending indoor events or activities on campus is required to wear a mask. Therefore, the conductor of the symphony “kindly asks all participants of the show to wear a mask in accordance with university policy,” the statement said.

Seasonal subscriptions are still available by contacting the Symphony Orchestra office at 803-220-7251 or online at www.aikensymphonyorchestra.com. Single tickets for all concerts are available at a price depending on available and desired seats. The prices are $ 40, $ 45 or $ 55.

There are two ways to buy tickets before the concert date: on the website or by calling the secretariat.

If the concert is not sold out, single tickets can also be purchased at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center box office from 90 minutes before the start of the show. Upon request, call tickets will be available for pickup at the box office on the day of the concert starting 90 minutes before the concert.

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