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Pablo Saelzer, conductor | AVANTI ORCHESTRA

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Avantiorchestra@gmail.com

AVANTI ORCHESTRA of the friday morning Music club

2017-2018 PERFORMANCES

Pablo Saelzer, Conductor


Saturday , September 16, 2017
7:30 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Guest soloist: Tony Rymer, cello; Maggie Finnegan, soprano. Program: Dvorak Slavonic Dances; Villa-Lobos Bachiana Brasileira #5; Dvorak Cello Concerto. Print concert flyer.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

4 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Guest soloist: Yi-Yang Chen, piano, Washington International Competition winner. Program: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto; Dvorak Symphony No. 6.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Avanti Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary Concert
8:00 pm, Schlesinger Concert Hall, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA.
Guest soloist: Javier Arrey, baritone, Metropolitan Opera. Program: Schubert Unfinished Symphony; Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Strauss Aus
Italien Op. 16.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

7:30 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD.

Program: Mahler Symphony No. 5.

ABOUT

Founded in 1943 as a string ensemble, the orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) grew to a full symphonic ensemble in the 1970’s under the direction of Robert Gerle. Sylvia Alimena led the orchestra from the mid-nineties to 2004. Pablo Saelzer became Conductor and Music Director in 2005.

The orchestra is made up of approximately 70 musicians all of whom volunteer their services. Most are Performing Members of FMMC; however guests are welcome. The orchestra presents four to five concerts annually, including the Masterwork Festival and an annual concert featuring as soloist a winner of the Washington International Competition. Avanti also presents the winners of the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. All orchestra concerts are open to the public free of charge. Except for the Masterwork Festival, Avanti rehearses at Church of The Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC.

During the last decade the orchestra has gone through a revitalization process symbolized in the group’s adoption of the name Avanti in 2009. This process has been characterized by the development of an ensemble-culture that insists on quality at every step of the way. Saelzer believes that good performances are expressive performances, and that these are only possible when personal preparation and group collaboration align in the pursuit of unity. This strategy has been successful in attracting accomplished instrumentalists who identify with this way of music-making.

For Avanti's  rehearsal schedule, audition information, and other details please visit our webpage at fmmc.org or email AvantiOrchestra@gmail.com.

Take a look at Avanti on YouTube.



2016-2017 PERFORMANCES

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD. Guest soloist: Lara Boschkor, violin, Johansen International Competition winner. Program: Tchaikovsky Alla tedesca from Symphony No. 3; Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto; and Dvorak Symphony No. 9.

Friday, November 18, 2016, 8 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD. Guest soloist: Maggie Finnegan, soprano, Washington International Competition winner. Program: Fauré Prélude and Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande; Hsu Teasdale Songs; Bernstein Glitter and Be Gay from Candide; Falla El sombrero de tres picos.

Friday, March 24, 2017, 8:00 pm, Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC. Guest soloist: Javier Arrey, baritone, Metropolitan Opera. Program: Dvorak Serenade, op. 44; Dvorak Biblical Songs; and Mozart Symphony No. 38 "Prague".

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:30 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD. Guest soloist: Alvaro Parra, violin, Berlin Philharmonic. Program: Beethoven Violin Concerto; Brahms Symphony No. 4. Program Change: Due to Alvaro Parra's illness and cancellation, the program changed to Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with Yi-Yang Chen, winner of the 2017 Washington International Piano Competition.


2015-2016 PERFORMANCES

Friday, September 18, 2015, 8:00 pm, Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD. Program: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Sara Daneshpour, piano; Dvorak Symphony No. 8.

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:00 pm, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington, DC. Program: Walton Viola Concerto, Yifei Deng, viola, first-prize winner, Washington International Competition; Brahms Symphony No. 2. Please note: Tickets given out first come first serve beginning at 5:00 pm in the Terrace Theater lobby.

Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:00 pm, Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC. Program: Boccherini Cello Concerto in B-flat, G.482, Zlatomir Fung, cello, first-prize winner Johansen International Competition; Grieg Holberg Suite; Mozart Symphony No 33.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 4 pm, FMMC Gala, Schlesinger Concert Hall, Alexandria, VA. Program: Strauss Die Fledermaus selections, Washington International Competition voice winners and FMMC Chorale, Paul Leavitt, Director; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade.

Saturday, June 25, 2016, 7:30 pm, Masterwork Festival, Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD. Program: Copland Short Symphony; Beethoven Symphony No. 7.