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An Evening of Passion & Romance: Chopin & Tchaikovsky

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Internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Tanya Végváry, joins the American River College Orchestra in a performance of the tempestuous Piano Concerto No. 2 by Frédéric Chopin. Performances are October 28th and 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the ARC Theater.

Végváry has played the National Gallery in Washington DC as well as the Hungarian Embassy in DC. She has performed at Master classes in Greece and just returned from Italy where she collaborated with the “Musica D’Arte 2106” at the San Marino International Music Summer Courses. This is a rare chance to hear the California native, as she is about to start a tour of her second CD.

Audiences immediately notice Végváry’s passion for the music and Végváry’s personal connection to the pieces she performs.   

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“The 2nd movement of the Chopin is so deep and full of longing and pain and beauty, and it touches me so deeply, that I have found that I really need to be in the right mental and spiritual space to work on it,” Végváry said.

That level of vulnerability is easier with a supportive orchestra. Végváry knows that part of building that environment rests on the conductor. Having worked with Dr. Steven Thompson, Director, before, she is looking forward to this collaboration.

“Dr. Thompson is very sensitive to the soloist and their aesthetic, and he prepares the orchestra very well,” Végváry said. “He has an intimate understanding of the score, and gives me a feeling of security, direction, and command.”

Familiarity with the soloist also helps the conductor and the orchestra know how to prepare.

“Working with Tanya is very easy – she is always prepared,” said Thompson. “She tries to get the best performance she can, rather than focusing on herself. She is always willing to adjust to bring out the best in the piece.”

Because of that commitment to providing an excellent experience for the audience, Végváry is also able to influence the orchestra.

“Tanya is a great soloists and great soloists cause the entire orchestra to rise to the occasion,” said Thompson.

In addition to Chopin’s Piano Concerto, the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Thompson chose the symphony for a number of reasons.

“I have to look at pieces that need a full symphony orchestra and I have to make sure the piece is within the scope of the orchestra,” said Thompson. “The Tchaikovsky 5 is not easy, but it is reachable. The Chopin piece doesn’t have a lot for brass and winds and those sections are really highlighted in Tchaikovsky. That helps balances out the program.”

The concert is $10-15 dollars and tickets can be purchased through brownpapertickets. The theater is located at 4700 College Oak Drive in Sacramento.

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Kate Wells

Kate Wells

Kate Wells has been studying violin for the last ten years and loves the variety of classical music that Sacramento area offers. She has worked as a river guide, lighting specialist, martial arts instructor, and is currently teaching English at Charter University Prep in Placerville.

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