WHAT: Debut of Western New York Chamber Orchestra, featuring cellist Sharon Robinson, conducted by Joel Revzen
WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday with preconcert talk at 3:15
WHERE: King Concert Hall, Fredonia
ADMISSION: $12 general public, $10 seniors, $6 students
On Sunday one of the region's best musical ensembles will enter its 19th year with a new artistic director, an internationally known cellist as its guest soloist, and, as if that were not enough, a brand new name for the new millennium. It's the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, which you've known for its first 18 years as the Fredonia Chamber Players. Hopping onto the podium for his first concert as the orchestra's new artistic director will be Joel Revzen, who has conducted American orchestras in Kansas City, Dallas, Minnesota and New York's Orchestra of St. Luke's, while in Europe he led the Kirov Opera, and orchestras in Prague, Paris, Lyon, Aachen and Antwerp. He will conduct four of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra's six classical concerts this season.
Joining Revzen and the orchestra for its debut at 4 p.m. Sunday in King Concert Hall, Fredonia State College, will be cellist Sharon Robinson, offering performances of Tchaikovsky's delightful, ultra-demanding and very well known "Variations on a Rococo Theme" plus the less familiar but equally brilliant showpiece, "Tango" by Jose Bragato. Robinson is perhaps best known as a member of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson piano trio, but also has thriving concert and recital careers on her own. To complete Sunday's concert, Revzen has selected Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture" and Schubert's absolutely charming Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat.