|LSO begins 60th anniversary season with Titan|
|Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:30 AM|
LIMA — The Lima Symphony Orchestra will open its 60th anniversary season with Mahler’s momentous Titan Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center.
The LSO begins its Diamond Anniversary Season with an overture composed 10 years ago by Maestro Crafton Beck to mark the 50th year before turning to Mendelssohn’s dancing Violin Concerto in E minor featuring Russian violin soloist Yevgeny Kutik.
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Kutik is closely associated with the United Jewish Federations of North America Speakers Bureau. He appears with the LSO as part of the 12th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days — a global network of tributes to all the visionary men and women who use the power of music to lift people of different backgrounds and beliefs above the differences that set us apart.
The concert will conclude with Gustav Mahler’s autobiographical Symphony No. 1 in D, Titan, the tale of a heroic man, his life and battles with Fate and ultimate triumph.
All ticket holders are invited to continue the festivities after the concert at a free party in front of the Civic Center to inaugurate our anniversary year and celebrate 60 years of beautiful music.
The Russian-American artist Kutik is hailed for his dazzling command of the violin and its repertoire, as well as a communicative immediacy that harkens back to the legendary Romantic masters. A native of Minsk, Belarus, Mr. Kutik immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. Shortly thereafter, he began violin lessons. Mr. Kutik holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Boston University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory.
Mr. Kutik’s current season is highlighted by engagements as guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of Lima, Mankato, Springfield (MA) and Traverse City, as well as California’s North State Symphony.
Recent performances include guest soloist appearances with The Riverside Symphony in New York City, the Atlantic, Bozeman, East Texas, Greensboro, Juneau and Wyoming symphony orchestras, Germany’s Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock and WDR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Vivaldi Ensemble. With the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Mr. Kutik gave the 2006 world-premiere performance of Ron Ford’s Versus, receiving praise from both The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He has also returned to The Boston Pops, under the baton of Keith Lockhart. Mr. Kutik has appeared in recital in Chicago, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Montréal, Munich, Prague and Tokyo, while festival audiences have heard him at Verbier (Switzerland) and Ludwigsburg and Oberstdorf (Germany) Of special, personal significance, he participated in performances at the Krakow Opera House and Auschwitz-Birkenau for the 2012 annual International March of the Living observances.
Daniel Pearl World Music Days
We join orchestras across the globe by dedicating our October concert to the life and legacy of Pearl. Mr. Pearl, the journalist and musician kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan just four months after 9/11, was a classically-trained violinist, as well as a fiddler and mandolin player, who joined musical groups wherever he traveled. World Music Days commemorates his Oct. 10 birthday and carries on his mission of connecting diverse people through words and music.