By Dr. John McEachin / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra invites folks of every age to “Come and Listen” this Saturday night, at 7 p.m., at the MSU Riley Center, 2200 Fifth St., in downtown Meridian.
Spectacular guest violinist is 18-year-old Brandon Garbot. He has taken the limelight among the “up and coming” violinists in the world. Garbot will be featured with the orchestra in a performance of the nostalgic, heart rending “Scottish Fantasy” by Max Bruch.
In addition to this centerpiece, the program is loaded with top notch selections of tunes from Radio and TV themes, as well as music first glamorized on Broadway and movies.
Jordan Tang, guest conductor for the concert, has led the Jackson, Tenn., orchestra for more than 25 years. He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras in the states, and has had his personal compositions and arrangements performed by orchestras in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has received 35 awards from ASCAP, and has been named Tennessee Composer of the Year.
Garbot, a native of Portland, Ore., is currently a student at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He is also enrolled in the Perlman Music Program in New York, and in the Winter Residency in Sarasota under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman.
While at the Cleveland Institute he was the 2011 winner of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Garbot had previously been a two-time winner of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and the Jan and Beattie Wood (Brevard) Concerto Competitions. Most recently, he has served as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra.
Other music on the program for the evening include:
• "Les Preludes" by Franz Liszt. This is memorable, “hum that tune” stuff. You will never forget the horn trio passage. Hollywood thought this music worthy by making it the theme of the “Flash Gordon” serials.
• "Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances" by Alexander Borodin. This seductively slow melody (turning to frenzy) was made popular in the Broadway musical “Kismet” in 1953. Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and a host of others expanded the recognition of the beloved “Stranger in Paradise."
A pre concert get-together, open to all, is scheduled with 30 minutes of informative fun beginning at 6 p.m.
Ticket prices have been dramatically reduced this year. At this concert “A” seats are $35, and “B” seats are $25. Student prices remain $10 per concert, as well as $10 for military personnel, active, or retired and for spouses. Season Student Sound Cards, and Music Educator Season Sound Cards are still available at the Symphony House, 1921 24th Ave., in Meridian, at a cost of $25 for Students, kindergarten-graduate school, and to music teachers for $55. The Sound Cards can be redeemed for the price listed at the MSU Riley Center Box Office.
Tickets can be obtained at the MSU Riley Center Box Office. Call (601) 696-2200, or purchase online at www.meridianso.org. For additional information, call the Meridian Symphony Orchestra at (601) 693-2224.