The March concert entitled “With a Little Help From My Friends” will include Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 performed by Li-shan Hung on piano and contemporary, Christian music performed by Pastor David Weber. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for Performing Arts.
The concert embraces the theme of friendship between the composers Brahms and Dvorak, who along with Dave Weber’s music, fill out the concert program. Director Kevin McMahon continues the element of friendship stating “The two guest artists are people I know and work with from Rome to home. We’ve shared friendship for approximately twenty years.”
Pianist Li-shan Hung opens the program with one of the most gigantic and beautiful piano concerti ever written, the second piano concerto, Opus 83, of Johannes Brahms. Following intermission, an orchestra feature is the exuberant and romantic Carnival Overture, Opus 92, of Antonin Dvorak.
Dr. Hung has performed both nationally and internationally, appearing in Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Austria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Canada, and the United States. She has been widely recognized for her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Hall in 2003 as an award recipient of the Artists International Audition, which led to a second Weill Hall recital in 2005. Li-shan Hung has received praise in both The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post for her artistry. Her performance of Franck's Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue garnered a review from Timothy Gilligan of the New York Concert Review as "perhaps the finest performance of this piece I've ever heard."
The concert continues with contemporary, Christian music featuring five songs by Dave Weber and accompanied by the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus. The songs, scored by Tony Memmel, complete an evening of uplifting music. Weber gives special thanks to Tony Memmel for his patience and expertise in arranging and scoring the songs to be performed.
Singer, songwriter, Dave Weber is a retired ordained Lutheran Pastor and has been composing Christian music for the past 50 years. For 36 years Weber served three congregations, using his music in worship and professionally recording three albums of songs. His music ministry spanned many states including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, and Missouri. “If you enjoy traditional orchestral music or contemporary, Christian music, this is the concert for you. If you like one of these genres, but have never tried the other, this is the moment to try” invites conductor Kevin McMahon.
Interludes, a pre-concert talk led by McMahon provides an in-depth look at the program, beginning at 6:15 p.m. It is a free event for concert ticket holders. Space is limited, and a reservation is required. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-452-1985.
Concert tickets are available from the Symphony Office at 920-452-1985 and the Weill Center ticket office at 920-208-3243 or by visiting www.weillcenter.com. Tickets are also available in the box office two hours prior to the concert and range from $30, $35, $39 and $15 for students. For more information on the season, visit http://sheboygansymphony.org.