StevenGerber5Steven R. Gerber’s Two Lyric Pieces for Violin and String Orchestra will be Premiered on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 PM by Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. Violin soloist will be Elena Urioste.

The composer writes about the new piece, “Two Lyrics Pieces for violin and string orchestra were written for violinist Elena Urioste and dedicated to conductor Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. I have had a long association with Piotr and his orchestra, which started out as the National Chamber Orchestra. In that previous incarnation they premiered three of my concertos, for violin, cello, and clarinet, and recorded the Violin Concerto, Cello Concerto, and Serenade for Strings on the Koch International label, with a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The Two Lyrics – and I hope this doesn’t sound pretentious, since I revere Beethoven above all other composers and don’t remotely put myself in the same league as him – relate to my Violin Concerto in much the same way that Beethoven’s Two Romances relate to his Violin Concerto; they are rather simple, undramatic pieces, both fairly slow, and far less ambitious than my concerto. In retrospect I might well have titled the work “Two Romances.”

Read more about the piece at http://www.jamesarts.com/internationalcomposer/gerber.html.

Other works on the program are Russell Peck’s Signs of Life II, Andreas Makris’ Violin Concerto and Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade. The program, part of Strathmore’s celebration of the violin in North America, is entirely new music, but Steven Gerber is the only living composer. A free pre-concert lecture will be offered in the Concert Hall at 6:45 PM. Visit violinist Elena Urioste at http://elenaurioste.com/ and visit the National Philharmonic at http://www.nationalphilharmonic.org/.

For tickets and more information about the March 2 concert, call 301-581-5100 or go to http://www.nationalphilharmonic.org/ConcertDetail.aspx?ConcertID=101.

New York-based composer Steven R. Gerber’s music has gained international attention as a result of Chandos, Koch and Arabesque CD releases featuring several of his major orchestral works, including Symphony No. 1, Kurt Nikkanen’s performance of the Violin Concerto and Jon Manasse’s performance of the Clarinet Concerto. His orchestral work Music in Dark Times was commissioned by Vladimir Ashkenazy and the four World Premiere performances took place in March, 2009, with Maestro Ashkenazy conducting the San Francisco Symphony. Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.

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