Fantastic Classics

EPSO Rings in the New Year with
“Fantastic Classics”
featuring Husband-and-Wife Team
Kurt Nikkanen, Violin & Maria Asteriadou, Piano

Artists presented in collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica

Friday, January 19 & Saturday, January 20, 2024
7:30pm Plaza Theatre

 

El Paso, TX – Husband-and-wife duo, violinist Kurt Nikkanen and pianist Maria Asteriadou join the El Paso Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Bohuslav Rattay on January 19 & 20, 2024, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre for the 18th annual collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica.  The duo will perform Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Piano, Violin and Strings.  Heralded as “an artist with intense personality, virtuosic flair, unusual poise and intimate contact with style” by The New York Times, Greek pianist Maria Asteriadou is an acclaimed soloist performing with orchestra all over the world, a chamber musician and pedagogue. Together with her husband, violinist Kurt Nikkanen, she appears in recitals worldwide.  Nikkanen is an international soloist who performs with leading orchestras in the United States, Europe, Japan and the Far East.   Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he began his violin studies at age 3.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 12 and two years later he was invited to perform the Paganini Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic for a Young People’s Concert. “I am eagerly looking forward to Mendelssohn’s rarely performed concerto for piano, violin and string orchestra. He never disappoints with his contrasting composing, moving from virtuosic passages onto beautiful and lyrical melodies.” says EPSO conductor Bohuslav Rattay.

The program opens with Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and ends with the Debussy’s tone poem La Mer. Debussy had fond childhood memories of the sea, but when composing La Mer, he drew inspiration from art, preferring the seascapes in paintings and literature. Debussy creates a soundscape in three movements depicting the beauties of the sea, wind and waves. “La Mer is a triumphant feat by Debussy and a magnificent piece of music. Just beautiful!” says Rattay.

Tickets at ticketmaster.com, the Plaza Theatre Box Office or by phone (915) 532-3776.
Prices are $49, $44, $37, $23 and $17 plus fees.
Student tickets for $9 and $12 plus fees are available.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is presented with the support of the Museums and Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This evening’s program is sponsored by PNC Bank.

LEARN MORE:   Join us prior to each performance at Opening Notes with Nathan Black, 6:30pm in the Philanthropy Theatre, to get insights on the program, composers and artist.

RECAP:

Opening Notes: Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2024, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre (Free)
Concerts:
Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2024, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre

“Fantastic Classics”
El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
Kurt Nikkanen, Violin & Maria Asteriadou, Piano
Beethoven Fidelio Overture, op. 72c
Mendelssohn Concerto for Piano, Violin & Strings
Debussy La Mer

Tickets: $49, $44, $37, $23, $17 and $9 and $12 for students plus applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased at epso.org, ticketmaster.com, Plaza Theatre box office or by calling the EPSO office at (915) 532-3776.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Heroic Beginnings

September 22 & 23, 2023
HEROIC BEGINNINGS

El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor
DZMITRY ULASIUK, Piano

Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagñol, op. 34
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, K.467, C major
Shostakovich Symphony 10, op.93, E minor

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Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Opens EPSO Season in September

YUNCHAN LIM, 2022 CLIBURN GOLD MEDALIST
Opens El Paso Symphony’s 2022-2023 Season

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to welcome the 2022 Cliburn Gold Medalist, Yunchan Lim to El Paso to open its 2022-2023 season, September 23 & 24, 2022, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre.

Yunchan Lim launched onto the international music stage when he was 14. He won second prize and the Chopin Special Award in his first-ever competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists in 2018. That same year, he stood out as the youngest participant in the Cooper International Competition, where he won the third prize and the audience prize, which provided the opportunity for him to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra. 2019 meant more accolades, when, at the age of 15, he was the youngest to win Korea’s IsangYun International Competition, where he also took home two special prizes.
 
Now just 18, he has performed across South Korea—including with the Korean Orchestra Festival, Korea Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, and Busan Philharmonic Orchestras, among others—as well as in Madrid, at the invitation of the Korea Cultural Center in Spain. He also participated in the recording of “2020 Young Musicians of Korea,” organized by the Korean Broadcasting System and released that November. 
 
A native of Siheung, Yunchan currently studies at the Korea National University of Arts under Minsoo Sohn. Coming to Fort Worth, he says he is “looking forward to playing in front of the warmest and most passionate audience in the world.” 

Click here to learn more about Yunchan and watch him perform in the competition.

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Van Cliburn Gold

EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor

September 23 & 24, 2022
Van Cliburn Gold Medalist
Yunchan Lim

Karim Al-Zand The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, op. 73 “Emperor”
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, op. 35

“Lim’s dazzling playing in the finale of the Rachmaninoff, which transfixed the audience in Bass Hall, inspired Alsop and the orchestra to heights unsurpassed in any of the other performances. The applause that followed was endless: a star had emerged before our eyes.” – Seen and Heard International

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Join “Opening Notes” with Nathan Black, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre prior to each
classical concert for insights on the evening’s program.

When in Rome

WHEN IN ROME

April 22 & 23, 2022, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre

El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor

NATASHA PAREMSKI, Piano
Rachmaninoff Concerto for Piano No. 3
Respighi Pines of Rome

“Fiery & Widely Dynamic,” London Classical Source

Watch Natasha performing Rachmaninoff

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OPENING NOTES

Join us 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre prior to each classical concert for OPENING NOTES and get insights on the evening’s program.

April 2022 Program Notes

El Paso Requiem: A Community for Peace Concert

El Paso Requiem: A Community for Peace Concert

October 22 & 23, 2021, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre

El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor

DZMITRY ULASIUK, Piano
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Jorge Martin El Paso Requiem* [World Premiere]
with UTEP Choral Union
Jamille Lea, Soprano;  Cherry Duke, Mezzo-Soprano
Brian Downen, Tenor;  James Carney, Cello

*Commissioned by Communities for Peace; a historic partnership of El Paso Pro-Musica, El Paso Opera, El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the University of Texas at El Paso Music Department, in tribute to the victims and survivors of the August 3, 2019 attack in El Paso.

“A Communal Act of Remembrance for the Victims of Random Gun Violence in America Specifically for the 23 who lost their lives from the shooting in El Paso, Texas on August Third, Twenty-Nineteen,” Jorge Martin

Watch Dzmitry Ulasiuk

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OPENING NOTES

Join Dr.  James Welsch, EPSO Assistant Conductor, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre prior to each classical concert for insights on the evening’s program.

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

September 24 & 25, 2021, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre

El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Bohuslav Rattay, Conductor

KEVIN COLE, Piano
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra
Ravel Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2
Ravel Bolero

Kevin Cole, America’s Pianist, is the top performer of works from The Great American Songbook and concert works of their great American composers. “When Cole sits at down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work…Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” wrote Howard Reich, arts critic for the Chicago Tribune.

Kevin Cole Rhapsody In Blue clip

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OPENING NOTES

Join Dr.  James Welsch, EPSO Assistant Conductor, 6:30pm Philanthropy Theatre prior to each classical concert for insights on the evening’s program.