Edward Markward begins 40th year leading  RIC Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 8

Edward Markward
The Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra opens a new season with a guest performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Boriskin and the Rhode Island premiere of a work by Aleksandra Vrebalov, a leading Serbian-American composer.

The concert will be held Monday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall. It marks the 40th year that conductor Edward Markward has led the Symphony Orchestra.

Markward, a professor of music who also leads the RIC Opera Workshop, said he still finds it rewarding to “make something out of the notes on the page.”

Michael Boriskin, executive and artistic director of the Aaron Copland House in New York, will perform Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major.” Shostakovich wrote the concerto, an uncharacteristically cheerful piece, in 1957 for his son’s birthday.

“The public has always regarded it warmly, and it stands as one of Shostakovich’s most popular pieces,” Markward said.

Boriskin has performed throughout the United States and in more than 30 countries and is recognized as one of the most imaginative and versatile American pianists of his generation. His performances, recordings and commentary figure regularly on National Public Radio.

Michael Boriskin
Over the past 35 years, Boriskin and Markward have collaborated on more than a dozen concerto performances and Boriskin remains one of RIC’s most popular visiting artists.

Whether the composer is Mozart or Beethoven, Brahms or Ravel, Copland or Gershwin, Perle or Lutoslawski, Boriskin offers “an adventure for the audience,” according to The New York Times.

Receiving its Rhode Island premiere will be “Transparent Walls” by Aleksandra Vrebalov, a Serbian native whose works have been performed by numerous orchestras and musical groups in Europe and the U.S., including Festival Ballet Providence and the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra.

Markward has conducted two world premieres of works by Vrebalov (“Widows Broom,” “Stations”).

Other works to be performed Oct. 8 include Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving and ever popular “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.”

General admission is $10 ($7 Seniors and non-RIC students). The concert is free for RIC students, faculty and staff. For tickets contact the RIC Box Office at (401) 456-8144.