The winners of Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will present the winners of the 2019 Music Compet
-itions in the Antelope Valley Virtuosos on March 16, at the Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre, 3041 West Ave. K.
The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with the Bach competition winners in a bonus recital. Eleven-year-old pianist Nathan Pak will play “Partita No. 2 in C minor, Sinfonia.” Twelve-year old violinist Valerie Chen will perform “Prelude from Partita No. 3 in E major” and Anthony Yoon, 14, will play “Sonata No. 3 in C major, Largo and Allegro Assai.”
The main concert at 8 p.m. will feature a classical clarinet solo by University of Southern California student Nicholas Davies, 25, who took first place in the Gail Newby Concerto Competition (instrumental) playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s only clarinet concerto — “K622 First Movement.”
“It’s really notable that it’s a clarinet concerto because it’s very hard, usually, for clarinetists to compete with violinists,” AVSOMC Artistic Director David Newby said. “The fact that he won is a real testimony to his playing ability. He’s just a really remarkably expressive player. He really just makes this piece come alive.”
Pianist Andrew Boyle took first place in the Gail Newby Concerto Competition (piano). He will play Sergei Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No.2.”
“It’s very involved,” Newby said, adding it is a complicated piece.
Boyle wrote, in an email, that he selected the piece because of the unique voice Prokofiev has in the work.
“It was a work that established his reputation in 1913 at the beginning of his career as a very modern composer and dangerously virtuosic pianist,” Boyle said.
According to him, the piece has an unusual history because the score was destroyed in a fire during the Russian Revolution, so Prokofiev had to reconstruct the score 10 years, in 1923.
“The inspiration for the work is quite sobering: the suicide of Prokofiev’s friend and fellow student at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, which I think gives a very important clue to the apparent harshness and brutality of some aspects of the score,” Boyle wrote. “Behind the sometimes grotesque surface is an outpouring of emotion which in my view, may even at times exceed that of his much more “Romantic” contemporary, Sergei Rachmaninoff.”
He added, “It is Prokofiev’s almost Shakespearean ability to juxtapose and unite the most striking contrasts in character that earn the place of the Second Piano Concerto in the standard repertoire of the classical pianist and orchestra. I therefore feel that this work needs to be heard and am honored to have the opportunity to present the first movement with Maestro David Newby and the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra.”
Saxophonist Angel Lopez, 20, a student at AV College, will also perform. He distinguished himself in the AV College Concerto-Aria Competition with his rendition of “Braziliera” from “Scaramouche” by Darius Milhaud, a jazzy piece with a Latin vibe.
Newby described it as a fun piece.
“He did a really great job with it,” Newby said.
Tickets cost $21 for general admission, $19 for seniors, military and AV College staff $19; and $11 for youth under 18 years and AV College students with ID. For details visit http://tickets.avc.edu/ or call 661-722-6580.