Press Release, November 13, 2014

At its next pair of concerts, the YSO is delighted to welcome Canadian/Israeli pianist, Michael Berkovsky.  With degrees from The Juilliard School in New York and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Berkovsky has toured in Ireland, Costa Rica, Japan, Italy, Israel and throughout North America. He has performed with such distinguished artists as Vladimir Feltsman, Stefan Sanderling and Leon Fleisher, and has collaborated with artists from the Toronto Opera Company, Juilliard, Peabody and The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. He currently plays in the Juilliard Piano Duo.

 

Mr. Berkovsky will be featured in not one but two works with the orchestra, both composed by the great Franz Lizst. The Piano Concerto #1 is one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire - romantic, melodic, and calling on every variety of mood and technique the soloist can muster. The lesser known Totentanz (“Dance of Death”) displays a more modernistic side of Lizst, with its ironic twisting of the medieval plainchant and its requirement for percussive playing by the soloist.

 

In keeping with the concert’s theme of “prodigal artists,” the orchestra will also offer two other works by young geniuses. The 16-year old Mozart was already an established professional when he composed the Divertimento in D Major for strings. Igor Stravinsky was all of 28 when he became an overnight sensation upon the Paris premier of his ballet The Firebird in 1910.  Nine years later, he re-worked the score as a concert piece, and it has been a colourful staple of the orchestral repertoire ever since.

 

The concerts are Saturday evening, November 29th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday afternoon, November 30th at 3 pm at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for November 29th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for November 30th, call 905 787-8811 or go online at www.rhcentre.ca.

Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.