Bustling streets, honking horns, and ripping nightlife inspired George Gershwin’s Concerto in F in 1925, which the American River College Orchestra will present on October 27 and 28. Joined by internationally renowned pianist, Dr. Kristie Janczyk, the American River College Orchestra will also take on Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2. Together, these three up-tempo pieces will make for a hopping program at the ARC Theater.
Known for passionate performances, Janczyk is sought after around the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. Playing since she was three-years-old, she has performed for Prince Edward of England, as well as for the President of Latvia. She is on the faculty at Napa Valley College, and co-founder and pianist of the duo, Steel & Ivory, based in Napa, California.
Janczyk is confident this will be a musical experience that audiences will love and remember.
“With this concerto,” said Janczyk. “The musical ideas from both the solo piano and the orchestra intertwine to create music that is easily identifiable as Gershwin, music that makes people want to get up and dance.”
Gershwin’s inspiration for the piece helps explain its upbeat vibe.
“During this music period, you start to see the idea of combining classical music elements with jazz/ragtime concepts,” said Janczyk. “You can hear and picture the bustling streets of New York filled with taxis honking their horns, bright lights of Time Square, and fast-paced people.”
The other two pieces are equally fast-paced. You can hear “Cuban Overture” in the movie An American in Paris with Gene Kelly. The music weaves sultry clarinet solos in with a jazzy percussion section. The piece pairs well with Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2, considered to be the second national anthem of Mexico.
It is downright peppy and the orchestra members, including violinists Mackaela Pedersen and Mary Gorodetskiy, are looking forward to the challenging pieces.
“I went home after the first rehearsal and put Danzon 2 on repeat,” said Pedersen. “They are all really fun pieces to play.”
The pieces are challenging, but the orchestra has professional musicians playing right alongside amateurs. That diversity makes the orchestra unique.
“I like that there are musicians of all ages and experiences,” said Gorodetskiy. “It’s very inspiring to see people doing what they love and being able to participate in an orchestra regardless of skill level. I enjoy being part of a community that loves music just as much as I do.”
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