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Appalachian Philharmonia performs Feb. 7

BOONE—The Appalachian Philharmonia performs works by Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov Sunday, Feb. 7, at Appalachian State University. The program beings at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Cancellation: Due to inclement weather, the Appalachian Philharmonia’s February 6th concert in Ashe County and February 7th concert at Appalachian State University’s Rosen Concert Hall have been canceled.  We hope to reschedule later this semester.

Formerly known as the Appalachian Chamber Orchestra, the philharmonia is based in the Hayes School of Music and is directed by James Allen Anderson, conductor.

The program opens with Serge Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat Major, Op. 10,” featuring pianist Rodney Reynerson.

Prokofiev composed his first piano concerto while a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory. His compositions were often considered rebellious as he shunned the more popular classical style of the modernism movement. Composed during 1911-12, he dedicated the composition for piano and orchestra to “the dreaded Tcherepnin,” who was Prokoviev’s conducting teacher. Prokoviev was the piano soloist when his composition premiered in August 1912.

The philharmonia also will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” The work is based on the Arabian tale about a sultan who after being betrayed by his wife, vows to marry a woman each night and then kill her the following day.

Scheherazade, who has just married the sultan, tells stories for 1,001 nights to delay her execution, and in the process, convinces the sultan of her trustworthiness.

The work has four movements: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship; The Tale of Prince Kalendar; The Young Prince and the Princess; and The Festival at Bagdad, The Sea, and The Ship Goes to Pieces on a Rock, all performed as one movement.

Reynerson is a professor of piano at Appalachian, where he has taught since 1980, and is the coordinator of the keyboard area. He has performed hundreds of solo, chamber and concertos in the United States, including twice with the N.C. Symphony.

Anderson is in demand as a guest conductor and has served as music director of the Butte Symphony Association and director of orchestral activities at the University of Montana.

He competed in the first Vakhtang Jordania Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine, where he was a major prize winner. He serves on the board of directors of the Conductors Guild, holding the office of president elect.