RIC Symphony Orchestra, pianist Michael Boriskin to perform Beethoven, April 25

The Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, led by Edward Markward, will perform three works by Ludwig van Beethoven at the 33rd Annual Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert on Monday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Edward Markward
Featured soloist is Michael Boriskin, an internationally acclaimed pianist who is making his 10th appearance with the Symphony Orchestra. He will be featured in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor.

Also on the program is Beethoven’s Overture to “Fidelio” (his only opera), conducted by RIC senior John Birt (a student of Markward’s), and Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, one of the composer’s most famous works.

The concerto and symphony will be conducted by Markward, a RIC professor of music.

At the concert, awards will be presented to up to four RIC students voted by the music faculty as outstanding performers in the categories of woodwinds/brass/percussion, voice, strings and piano.

Boriskin, who has performed across the U.S. and in over 30 countries, began his association with RIC over 35 years ago as a frequent soloist with the college’s Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Michael Boriskin
Performing works from Mozart to Beethoven, Brahms to Ravel, and Copland to Gershwin, Boriskin offers what The New York Times describes as “an adventure for the audience.”

He has brought his unique virtuosity and vibrant expressivity to many of the world’s foremost concert venues, among them the Lincoln Center (on its “Great Performers” series), the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC in London, Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and Vienna's Arnold Schoenberg Center.

He is also a frequent guest of chamber ensembles, including the Borromeo, St. Petersburg, Penderecki, Ludwig and Lark String quartets, among others.

Boriskin’s music and commentary have often heard on NPR, where his three-year series “Centuryview,” celebrated piano works of the past 100 years. His extensive discography includes a recording of Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra with the Eos Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Scheffer, which was awarded a coveted Rosette from Britain’s Penguin Guide to Recordings.

A general admission donation of $10 is requested, with all proceeds going to the Bicho scholarship fund. For tickets, contact the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144.