The Akron Symphony welcomes Martina Filjak (winner of the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition on October 26, 2013 to EJ Thomas Hall for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto. This is Martina’s second performance with the Symphony. In 2011 she joined the orchestra for an “All Rachmaninoff” concert.
“The last time I was in Akron, we performed Rachmaninoff No. 2,” said Martina Filjak, guest pianist on October 26th. “This time, it will be another Russian masterpiece, Tchaikovsky No. 1. Interestingly, both concertos present similar musical and structural challenges. My perception of the [Tchaikovsky] piece has changed numerous times. Lately, I believe that the piece is more lyrical and more classically structured than is usually believed.”
“There is something mesmerizing about Martina as a performer, said Akron Symphony Music Director and conductor, Christopher Wilkins. “You become aware that she carries about her this blazing energy that she can release with precision. I would describe it as a kind of disciplined volatility. It’s unusual because artists with such powerful internal energy rarely have such clarity about where to put it. Martina always has a very clear sense of what purpose it should have.”
“Since I won the gold medal at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, coming back to this area has become a little bit like coming back home for me,” said Filjak. “I have only the best and warmest memories of my last performance with the Akron Symphony and my stay in Akron, the musicians I performed with, the people I met, the friends I made.”
Along with the Piano performance of Martina Filjak that evening, there will also be three pieces by Jean Sibelius (“Finlandia” Symphony No. 7 and “The Swan of Tuonela”) that will feature Akron Symphony Orchestra’s Cynthia Warren on solo English Horn. Cynthia also performs with orchestras in Canton and Wheeling as well as the Pittsburg Ballet Theater and Pittsburgh Opera. When not at her private studio in Akron or serving as an adjunct Instructor of Oboe at the College of Wooster she also performs with the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, Cleveland Ballet and Youngstown Symphony.
Tickets are on sale starting at $25 with discounts for students, seniors and groups of ten or more. Season tickets are also available for both the Classics and Pops Series, or create your own series with My Subscription. Tickets can be purchased through the Akron Symphony ticket office in-person or by calling 330-535-8131, online at www.akronsymphony.org, or by contacting the EJ Thomas Hall box office at 330-972-7570.
The Akron Symphony appreciates its sponsors, including Ernst and Young, which sponsored Martina Filjak’s appearance, Previews from the Podium sponsor Audio-Technia, media partners 89.7FM WKSU, Akron Life and Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, The University of Akron and the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund Akron Symphony concerts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
For more than 60 years, the Akron Symphony has been a driving musical force throughout the Greater Akron area. Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, the Akron Symphony Orchestra is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community. The Akron Symphony is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association, Inc. (GAMA), whose vision is to be embraced and sustained as a community treasure that provides a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. GAMA’s vision is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Orchestras, Akron Symphony Chorus, Akron Symphony Guild, Gospel Meets Symphony Choir and numerous outreach and educational programs throughout the region.