U Prep musicians perform at 10d

On Wednesday June 4, an eclectic group of classical musicians presents two beautiful and contrasting pieces from the concerto genre: the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major No. 1 and William Walton's Viola Concerto at 10 degrees.

The group is  a collection of middle school and upper school musicians from U Prep. The two featured soloists are graduated seniors making their way out to the larger world. Supplementing the student players are members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and local freelance artists.

The Haydn Cello Concerto is a striking example of classical-era musical rhetoric that highlights both the lyrical nature of the cello and its technical and virtuoso capacity. An achingly beautiful minor-key section is the gem in the crown of the first movement. Cellist Ira Fleming brings a sensitive and expressive artistic sensibility to this well-loved work.

British composer William Walton (1902-1983), though a Modernist, brought a sense of tradition to his Viola Concerto. The piece was written in 1928 and revised in 1961 and is considered to be one of his finest works. Walton intertwines melancholy themes with ferocious passagework and compliments the timbre of the viola with a thoughtfully crafted orchestration — utilizing string tricks such as pizzicato and bowed and fingered tremolo to create both pointillism and sheen. Our soloist, Lana Dziekonski, is an accomplished musician and an exciting performer who created an arrangement of Walton’s score to fit our group’s instrumentation.
— From the director