Melodies will fly to Salisbury on October 15

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – Provided to WBTV by Hunter Scott Safrit, Salisbury Symphony: The Salisbury Symphony are delighted to begin their 56th season performing in County Rowan. This will be the first full season of live performances since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Musicians, staff and volunteers couldn’t be more excited to get back to regularly presenting beautiful orchestral music in the community.

The group’s first concert, Soaring Melodies, is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at Catawba College and will feature two extremely melodic compositions: Florence Price’s First Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony.

“Pairing these works together makes so much sense. Rachmaninoff’s compositions are primarily based on the musical traditions and harmony found in 19th century orchestral music while Price’s harmonic language is clearly of 20th century American influence,” said the musical director and conductor. orchestra David Hagy. “The Rachmaninoff is on my list of the ten best recordings to have on a desert island. While I was unfamiliar with Price’s concerto, in my study of the score I found it to have a unique harmonic language that accompanies lovely short, sweet melodies that contrast with the longer melodies found in the Rachmaninoff.

The melody, a necessary part of any composition, is particularly important for this concert. Concert guests are sure to hear something they won’t soon forget. For David, it would be the last melody found in the Rachmaninoff. It’s the same melody he played in the college orchestra, which he loved very much and soon bought a recording for which he could play with the record on this melody.

A prolific composer in the 20th century, the works of Florence Price were heard much less often than the level of their artistry really demanded, both because she was a woman and a person of color. In the 1980s, his manuscripts were donated by his daughter to the University of Arkansas, and in 2009 many of his manuscripts were discovered in an abandoned house in St. Anne, Illinois.

These events stimulated a demand to perform and hear his compositions. There has been, over the past decade, an effort to expand cultural representation in the American orchestral repertoire, which has resulted in Price’s music also being performed more often. His first violin concerto presents a variety of short and beautiful melodic themes. Her composition for violin reflects an understanding of the technical possibilities of the instrument, which is surprising since she was a pianist and organist, but she still writes sections of extreme difficulty.

Violinist Lun Li of Young Concert Artist will perform the concerto with the Orchestra. YCA is a New York-based management company that carefully auditions young musicians between the ages of 18 and 30 each year to select the artists they believe are most likely to succeed as soloists over the next 20 years.

You may recall that the Orchester symphonique partnered with the organization to bring flautist Anthony Trionfo to perform Ibert’s Flute Concerto in fall 2019, for a rousing first collaboration with a young concert performer. Lun Li, originally from Shanghai, won the 2021 Susan Wadsworth Young Concert Artist International Audition First Prize, the Paul A. Fish Memorial Award, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Award and was named the John French Violin Chair at the YCA. Additionally, he is also the recent co-winner of first prize in the Lillian and Maurice Barbash JS Bach Competition. Lun is currently pursuing an art degree at the Juilliard School where he is a teaching assistant to Catherine Cho. This performance of the Price Concerto is particularly special because Lun Li prepared the concerto especially for its premiere in Salisbury.

A pre-concert lecture featuring Lun Li and Maestro Hagy will be held before the concert on October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the concert hall.

More information about the concert, including artist biographies and program notes, can be found at or by calling our offices at 704-216-1513. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $5 for those under 21. Balcony dollar and senior rates are available at the door on the day of the show.

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