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Springfield Symphony to play with Myer

SPRINGFIELD – The next Springfield Symphony Orchestra concert on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Symphony Hall combines the music of two similar sounding composers, the American, William Schuman, and the music of the German composer Robert Schumann, spelled differently with the accent on the second syllable. “I suppose I could say the American Schuman’s music ironically follows the more Germanic tradition than does the other Schumann. But both composers have the spirit of Bach hanging over them with the use of fugues, chorales and recurring motifs,” Maestro Kevin Rhodes said.

The concert also features

Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 5” featuring the emerging young pianist Spencer Myer, winner of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. “I’m looking forward to introducing him to our audiences,” Rhodes said.

The orchestra will play

William Schuman’s “Symphony No. 5”. Rhodes has already brought Schuman’s music to Western Massachusetts audiences at a Symphony Hall concert last November, “Symphony No. 3,” in an effort this season to bring U. S. born composers’ music to Springfield.

But he felt that music lovers

would like to get another taste of his music with the “Symphony No. 5” featuring strings, which he says, is very tidy and straightforward. “It has lots of vim and verve in some parts as well as incomparable beauty in the slow movement,” Rhodes said. Mozart’s piano concerto, written in 1786, has three movements and is considered to be among his best compositions. “I immediately engaged

[Myer] to play with our orchestra and I bid him the rare honor of asking what he would like to play with us, instead of assigning him a specific piece of work. Without hesitation Spencer suggested Mozart’s ‘Piano Piano No. 25 in C Major,’” Myer said. Myer has been garnering praise around the globe, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. His orchestral, recital; and chamber music performances have been heard throughout North

MUSEUM WALKING TOUR SPRINGFIELD – The Second Saturday Walking Tour Series at the Springfield Museums will resume for the season on April 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with a tour led by Arax Charkoudian.

Charkoudian is a former Fulbright Scholar and a retired high school history teacher. Her father owned a shoe store on Worthington Street and she grew up in the city. She will lead the group to the site of the former shoe store and will describe her recollections of the city as it was when she was a child and young woman. Walking tour tickets may be

purchased in the museum Welcome Center, 21 Edwards St., on the day of the event. Tickets are free for members of the civic association or of the museums. Tickets for non- members are $5 per person. All proceeds will go toward improvements to the neighborhood. For additional information,

call the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association at 747-1830 or email

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America, Africa and Asia. He has been a soloist with the

Cleveland Orchestra, Dayton and Beijing’s China National Symphony. Myer has played in New York’s 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and in London’s Wigmore Hall as well as in Chicago. He is a Julliard School graduate and has a Doctorate of Music Arts conferred by Stony Brook University in 2005.

“R. Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2” is the most sublime of the evening, according to Rhodes. “In America Robert Schumann gets short shrift because he is often overshadowed by his protégé Brahms. But his grandeur and lyricism, with no hint of showiness, is supremely rewarding to play and hear,” he said.

An informal half-hour discussion about the evening’s concert, “Classical Conversations,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the hall with Rhodes. After the concert, audiences are welcome to meet Rhodes, the musicians and Meyer in the Mahogany Room. Tickets for all concerts are on sale at the Springfield Symphony Box Office, 1350 Main St., or by calling 733-2291 or online at Tickets range from $22 to $65 with secure free parking for season subscribers. Tickets for youth age 4 to 17 are half price. A discount of 25 percent is available for groups of 10 or more.


(Never known to fail)

O Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here that you are my mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bot- tom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (three times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you.

THIRD PRIZE Vivienne Yang of Longmeadow,

won third prize in the Third Chopin International Piano Competition at Polish National Home in Hartford, Conn., on March 11.The Panel of distinguished judges are performing artists from U.S.,

Poland, Japan, Austria and Brazil. Reminder Publications submitted photo


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