Wednesday June 19, 2013 ForsythCounty.com
The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents "A Beethoven Romance For Valentine's Day" gala concert on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
The evening's performance features internationally renowned first prize winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition-Bin Huang and world class baritone-Jose Sacin.Bin Huang, endeared herself to the musical world when at age fourteen she won the Junior Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland, sharing First Prize with Maxim Vengerov. She has maintained international prominence, winning both the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy in 1994, and the Munich (ARD) International Music Competition in 1999. Ms. Huang has been universally lauded for her interpretive and technical skills, hailed as "a winner in what matters the most" (The Washington Post) and "a talent that leaves a listener flabbergasted" (The Sun, Baltimore) Bin Huang's live recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto on Paganini's own violin, the "Cannon," is the only existing live recording captured with that legendary instrument. Bin Huang's Baroque Violin Favorite on the Naxos Label was given the editor's choice in the American Record Guide (2003).
Peruvian native Jose Sacin has performed with Placido Domingo in Washington, D.C. and appeared with the Washington National Opera, the Baltimore Opera, and at the Caramoor International Festival where he premiered the newly discovered version of Verdi's La Forza del Destino with Philip Gossett. Hailed for an "expressive voice of liquid gold" and "the stage presence of a lion", Mr. Sacin will interpret the dazzling and comical "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's-Barber of Seville, Mozart's-"Vedro mentrio sospiro" from Marriage of Figaro, and "Avant de quitter" from Gounod's-Faust.
Maestro Thomas Ludwig, former music director of the New York City Symphony and resident conductor for American Ballet Theatre with Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Metropolitan Opera House, will lead the eighty piece orchestra in a varied and colorful program. 1805 was the first public performance of Beethoven's masterpiece-Symphony No. 3 (Eroica). Originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte whom he saw as embodying his ideals of equality and freedom, Beethoven was bitterly disappointed when Napoleon took the title of Emperor and reacted by scratching out the dedication on the title page of this symphony with such force that he tore a hole in the paper. Bedrich Smetana, the father of Czech music, premiered the Bartered Bride Opera in Prague in 1866. The overture to this opera is imaginative, colorful, and filled with ethnic Bohemian rhythms- one of the most exciting ever penned to page.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 770-623-8623 or online at www.ludwigsymphony.org. Prices are Adults-$19. Seniors-$17. and Students $10. (under 22) For more information call:770-623-8623 or visit our website-www.ludwigsymphony.org