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North Idaho Philharmonia provides world-class music

The newly shaped North Idaho Philharmonia’s inaugural live performance, held Dec. 17, on the Panida Theater, offered a world-class live performance.

The orchestra, which is comprised {of professional} and world-acclaimed musicians together with a couple of native college students, sounded excellent underneath the baton of Jan Pellant, inventive director and conductor.

Jan is a world-class conductor, having carried out over 30 main orchestras from everywhere in the world. He has shocked audiences in his native nation, the Czech Republic, conducting the Czech Nationwide Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s additionally the previous music director of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra, and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.

This system for the live performance began with Corelli’s Concerto Grosso No. 8 “Christmas”, that includes concertmaster and major soloist Richard Altenbach. Altenbach is a sought-after Hollywood recording musician, having participated in additional than a thousand movie scores for over 25 years. He’s a top-tier violinist, who has been first violin within the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Altenbach has carried out reside on the Academy Awards and The Tonight Present and has collaborated with Frank Sinatra, YoYo Ma, Barbra Streisand, Mannheim Steamroller and Puff Daddy amongst many others.

Altenbach performed the Corelli’s Christmas Concerto’s swirling strains with crystal readability, and with all the phrases masterfully articulated, together with expressive dynamics.

The music then turned to Bach’s Piano Concerto #4 in A serious, with Daniel Beal as its soloist. Daniel is a 13-year-old pianist who has distinguished himself in lots of native and regional competitions, together with profitable first place within the 2020 and 2021 Washington MTNA Piano Competitions.

“Effectively, for this piano concerto No.4, by Bach, I used extra of a staccato, that means indifferent, with silence between the notes, articulations, versus the legato, or linked articulation,” Beal advised Pellant in explaining his method for the concerto. “It provides it extra of a crisp sound. It simulates the harpsichord, which is the instrument that was used as an alternative of the piano in Bach’s interval. I additionally add dynamics on this piece, to offer it a extra up-to-date fashionable feeling.”

Beal performed the concerto skillfully, and the applause on the finish lasted 3-5 minutes.

After the intermission, this system continued with Respighi’s “Historical Airs and Dances #3”. Respighi pieced collectively themes from varied sixteenth and seventeenth century composers, together with Giovanni Battista Besardo and Lodovico Roncalli, with the opposite composers being nameless, to create this masterpiece. The piece is total very well-structured and was performed effectively, with a minor imperfection on the spot when the orchestra wasn’t fully collectively.

Subsequent got here Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folks Dances”, as soon as once more with Altenbach as its soloist. A positive murals, the Romanian Folks Dances are seven conventional Transylvanian tunes from Romania. The piece is about 7 minutes lengthy, and Altenbach performed virtuosically the whole time. The ultimate few bars have been performed majestically, and the live performance ended on an upbeat observe.

However much more thrilling than the inaugural live performance are Pellant’s plans for the longer term. The orchestra will proceed to “promote younger expertise” and even have “some proficient younger artists conduct the philharmonia, and in addition play a few of their authentic compositions,” he mentioned.

The live performance was very useful for the native younger musicians (lots of them are from the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint simply down the road). It was additionally good for the skilled musicians across the space, who, due to COVID, didn’t get to carry out lots lately. Above all, it was nice for the native public to expertise a superb orchestra from North Idaho performing in Sandpoint’s favourite venue.

For those who missed the live performance, the North Idaho Philharmonia is having its subsequent one in March 2022. Additionally mark your calendars for the primary Sandpoint Chamber Music Pageant, which is arising on April 7-10.

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