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RESOUNDING FIRSTS

Prokofiev
Symphony #1 in D major, Opus 25 "Classical"

Stravinsky
Suite for Orchestra from The Firebird

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto #1 in B flat minor, Opus 23




SPONSORED BY: John & Katheryn Hughes
SOLOIST SPONSOR: Westport Hotel
CONDUCTOR SPONSOR: Out Of This World
PRINCIPAL CELLO SPONSOR: Richard Breen

Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, so named by the composer for the first symphony he wrote, is one of the first great neo-classical compositions. Stravinsky's fabulous The Firebird was his first collaboration with Diaghilev and Ballets Russes. And though Tchaikovsky was unsure of how the public would receive his Piano Concerto #1, the piece was a resounding success and is among the best known of all piano concertos.



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James D'León -FEATURED ARTIST

Born in South Korea into a musical family, James D'León gave his first piano recital at the age of 5. After receiving early piano training from his mother, he won a full scholarship to the pre-college program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with May Kurka and Milton Salkind. When he was 12, he won both the San Francisco Symphony and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra competitions, and by 14, he had won every regional competition, which led to his debut performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

He then studied piano with George Sementovsky in Philadelphia and graduated summa cum laude from Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia. He was subsequently awarded a fellowship to the Eastman School of Music in New York where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature.

Thereafter, he won praise in many international piano competitions and received top honors in the Artist International Competition which led to his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall and the Gold Medal at the New Orleans International Piano Competition. In 2009, he was selected as an International Steinway Concert Artist, and since then has performed in England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Following his performance at the prestigious Reading Festival in England, International Piano Magazine wrote, "D'León's recital was an absolute sheer and dazzling delight!" His summers have included performances at the Banff Festival in Canada, Boyle Festival in Ireland, Schlern Festival in the Italian Alps, and Mendocino Music Festival on the northern California coast.

As a chamber musician, he has performed with many of the world's finest chamber groups including the Muir String Quartet and Shanghai String Quartet. He has given master classes at more than 75 universities around the world and has served as judge in international piano competitions for pianists of all ages.

As a recording artist, the American Record Guide calls his performances "Remarkably played! The result is a revelation and a real treasure!" E-Music Magazine calls his performance of Schubert and Liszt "Amazing…and if you think you have heard it all with this particular Schubert sonata, take a listen to this disc!" He has recorded contemporary works for the German Col Legno label, including works by renowned Czech composer Ladislav Kubik. Upcoming projects include the first recording of Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla's complete tangos transcribed for piano quintet.



Saturday, Feb. 1, 7:30pm / Sunday, Feb. 2, 2pm

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Symphony

Venue - Cotton Auditorium

Saturday, 7:30PM ~ Sunday, 2:00PM
Cotton Auditorium

From Main Street (Hwy 1) in Fort Bragg, head East (a right turn if you're coming from the South) on Fir Street. Cotton Auditorium is six blocks from Main Street at the intersection of Fir Street and N. Harold Street.

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2019-2020 SEASON



CONCERT SPONSORS

North Coast Brewing
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Fall Concert
Concert Sponsors
Charles and Olivia Hasty
Soloist Sponsor
Gary Bowers
in loving memory ofSamuel Allen Snook
Conductor Sponsor
Savings Bank of Mendocino County
Concertmaster Sponsor
Nancy & Charles Jenkins
Principal Viola Sponsor
Theresa Eacker
Winter Concert
Concert Sponsors
John and Kathryn Hughes
Soloist Sponsor
Westport Hotel
Conductor Sponsor
Out of This World
Principal Viola Sponsor
Anonymous Benefactor
Principal Cello Sponsor
Richard Breen
Spring Concert
Concert Sponsor
Deborah and Steven Farmar
Soloist Sponsor
Zoé Berna MD
Conductor Sponsor
Paul Sweigart — Edward Jones
Concertmaster Sponsor
John and Judith Garratt
Principal Cello Sponsor
Jason Kirkman & Carol Kawase
Opus #1
Carolyn Steinbuck
Francis Rutherford
Marilynn Thorpe
Opus #2
Anonymous Benefactor
Art Morely
Jackie Wollenburg
Opus #3
Fort Bragg Center for the Arts
Opus #4
Steven and Deborah Farmar
Opus #5
Barnes, Carole
Westport Hotel
Opus #6
Theresa Eacker
Opus #7
Richard Breen
Opus #8
Jason Kirkman & Carol Kawase
Sponsors of Music in the Schools:
Get Arts in the Schools Program
Mendocino K-8 Parents Club
Gin Kremen DDS/Broken Leg Sports,
in memory of Robert and Arabell Davidson
Loraine and Ray Duff
Barbara Faulkner & Steve Acker




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