Big, big events coming up this week for the Susanville Symphony Society.
The symphony presents Steinway artist and world famous pianist Mark Leonard Anderson at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the Assembly of God Church in Susanville.
“We are excited to have an artist of this caliber performing in Susanville,” said Ben Wade, the symphony’s artistic director and conductor. “Mark has not only produced multiple CDs of his solo works but is also a professor at the University of Vancouver.”
The Washington Post wrote, “In a world where transient glitter is often mistaken for pianistic excellence, Anderson offered that rare commodity: An ability to speak through music without hint of artifice.”
“I’m very excited to be performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concert with the Susanville Symphony,” Anderson posted on his website.
In addition to his teaching, recording and performance careers, Anderson also is the executive director of the New World Music Academy in Pleasanton, California. Anderson will perform “The Emperor Piano Concerto” by Ludwig van Beethoven as well as “The Moldau” by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana and The Polovtsian Dances from the opera “Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin.
Anderson, currently an assistant professor of piano and chamber music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, also will appear in a fundraiser for the symphony at 6 p.m. March 15 at the United Methodist Church. He will perform a wide and diverse selection of music including well know pieces by Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. A reception with wine and heavy hors d’ oeuvres will follow at the Monticola Club, giving patrons an opportunity to meet Anderson in a more relaxed and intimate setting.
This is the primary fundraiser for the symphony’s 2016-2017 concert season. Tickets are available at Axia Home Loans or by calling the Symphony Hotline at 310-811.