Newark-Granville Symphony Begins New Season Sunday at 7pm

Midland Theatre, Newark, Ohio(Photo: Wikipedia)
Midland Theatre, Newark, Ohio(Photo: Wikipedia)

The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestrawith music director Timothy Weiss begins its ninth season this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the historic Midland Theatre in downtown Newark.  This professional ensemble arose from the merger of the Welsh Hills Symphony and the Land of Legend Philharmonic.

The theme of this season’s concerts is “Scales and Measures,” and that seems to imply some formidable music-making.  That’s certainly the case with Sunday night’s concert.  It features one of the biggest piano concertos, the Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, written as a calling card for his tour of the United States in 1909.  This bravura piece is sometimes called “Rach 3,” a challenge to any virtuoso pianist.

The internationally recognized Italian-born pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi will be the soloist.  He has appeared here with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  The sparks are sure to fly with the dynamic combination of Rachmaninnoff, Pompa-Baldi and the Newark-Granville Symphony.

And speaking of sparks flying, the other piece on the program is the flamenco-inspired Variaciones Concertantes from 1953 by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.  The composer called it “concerto-like” with “a pronounced Argentine accent.”  This work in 12 parts, played without interruption, allows various sections of the orchestra to shine and create some exciting music.

I’ll be there for the concert Sunday evening.  It looks like it may be a beautiful autumn day in Ohio to take a nice drive to Newark if you live in Columbus or somewhere else outside the Newark-Granville area.