Free concert by Sage City Symphony along with a silent auction featuring a wide array of arts, crafts, jewelry, deluxe gift baskets, and many more items ideal for holiday giving. Directed by guest conductor Ariel Rudiakov, co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music (www.taconicmusic.org/) in Manchester, VT, with soloist Asiya Korepanova (www.asiyakorepanova.com/)—who has been described as a “creative force” whose “virtuosity as a pianist is best defined by a supreme level of technical aptitude, combined with her acutely individualized musical interpretations”—performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program are “La Valse” by Ravel and “Fêtes” from “Nocturnes” by Debussy. Sponsored by Bank of Bennington.
Bennington, VT — On Sunday, November 18, at 4:00 p.m., Sage City Symphony will present a free concert sponsored by the Bank of Bennington at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College. A silent auction featuring a wide array of arts, crafts, jewelry, deluxe gift baskets, and many more items ideal for holiday giving will begin before the performance and conclude at the end of intermission.
The concert, directed by guest conductor Ariel Rudiakov, co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music (www.taconicmusic.org/) in Manchester, VT, will feature soloist Asiya Korepanova (www.asiyakorepanova.com/)—a “creative force” whose “virtuosity as a pianist is best defined by a supreme level of technical aptitude, combined with her acutely individualized musical interpretations”—performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program are “La Valse” by Ravel and “Fêtes” from “Nocturnes” by Debussy.
Born in Russia, Korepanova began to learn piano when she was 4 years old; she had her orchestral debut with Mozart’s Concerto No. 8 (to which she added her own cadenza) at age 9. Since then she has performed more than 55 piano concertos with orchestras, playing in the United States, Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Greece, Czech Republic, England, Australia, Kuwait, and India. She moved to the United States in 2012.
Korepanova has garnered national attention and performed at or participated in the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Bargemusic Series and Symphony Space in New York, the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, the Pianoforte Foundation Series in Chicago, and the Sarasota Artist Series. Among her many awards and honors, she was awarded the Russian Federation’s President Award for “Exceptional Achievement in the Arts” when she was 12. She has been honored with the National Award from the Republic of Udmurtia (2002), Germany’s Berliner Salon Award (2003), and Russia’s Youth Triumph Award (2005). In 2009, she became an Honored Artist of Udmurtia, and a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Society. In 2012 she was a Gold Medal winner at the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition.
Conductor and violist Ariel Rudiakov is cofounder and artistic director of Taconic Music, music director and conductor of the Danbury (CT) Symphony Orchestra, and adjunct faculty at the University of Indianapolis, where he conducts the chamber orchestra and coaches chamber music. He served as artistic director of the Manchester (VT) Music Festival from 2000–2016. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Riverdale, NY, Rudiakov holds viola performance degrees from SUNY-Purchase and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s master’s program.
At the podium, Rudiakov has collaborated with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, pianists David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly, and others. Resident and guest conducting positions have included the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Bergen and Yonkers Philharmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Sage City Symphony, and recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov’s balletRaymonda.
Scheduled dates for Sage City Symphony’s 2018-19 concert season: Winter Concert on February 3, Youth Concert on March 10, Spring Concert on May 19.
About Sage City Symphony
Led by music director Michael Finckel for the past 25 years, Sage City Symphony was founded in 1972 as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College. In addition to performing traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, the symphony commissions and premieres new pieces each year. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur as well as professional musicians who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season. Auditions are not required, and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate. Information about joining the symphony is available at www.sagecitysymphony.org/join.htm.
Sage City Symphony (www.sagecitysymphony.org) is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations and grants from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.