By Staff Reports- The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will heat up the concert hall on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert featuring award-winning cellist Julian Schwarz.
The performance will take place at Blue Ridge Community College’s Concert Hall (Blue Ridge Conference Center, 49 East Campus Dr, Flat Rock)
At this concert, “Strings on Fire,” the Symphony will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Schwarz will join the orchestra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme” and Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody.
Heralded from a young age as a cellist destined to rank among the greatest of the 21st century, Schwarz’s powerful tone, effortless virtuosity and extraordinarily large color palate, hallmarks of his style, will be on full display in these elegant and riveting works for cello and orchestra.
A single, general admission ticket to the May 18 concert is $40 for adults and $10 for students. Group discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling 828-697-5884 or by visiting www.hendersonvillesymphony.org.
A pre-concert talk, hosted by Music Director and Conductor Thomas Joiner and guest artist Schwarz, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Room 213, upstairs from the concert hall. This informative presentation is open to all concert attendees.
In addition, pre-concert music will be presented by the Hot Club of Asheville at 6:45 p.m., a band known for its recreation of Gypsy-style guitar jazz, a throwback to the sound created by Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt during the 1930s in Paris.
After making his concerto debut at the age of 11 with the Seattle Symphony and his father Gerard Schwarz on the podium, Julian Schwarz made his US touring debut with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
During the current concert season, he has performed with the symphony orchestras of Lake Forest, Winston-Salem, Charlotte (FL), Springfield (OH), Galveston (TX), the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the Des Moines Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, and the Boca del Rio Philharmonic in Mexico. Internationally, he has made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony, his Mexican debuts with the Boca del Rio Philharmonic in Veracruz and the Mexico City Philharmonic and his Hong Kong debut at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Verbier festival in Switzerland.
Born in Seattle, WA, Schwarz studied at the Academy of Music Northwest and the Lakeside School. He continued to the Colburn School in Los Angeles under Ronald Leonard, and then moved to New York City to study with mentor Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 2014 followed by a master’s degree in 2016. In 2013 Schwarz won first prize in the professional cello division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong, and in 2016 won 1st prize at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of Duo” with Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki. He plays on a Neapolitan cello made by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hendersonvillesyphony.org, or call the Symphony office at 828-697-5884.