RDSO rounds out season with ‘Bold Bolero’

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra is wrapping up another stellar season with ‘Bold Bolero’, set for June 6th at the College Arts Centre.

Featured works include Ravel’s Bolero, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 53, Jacob’s Concerto for Bassoon and Strings and Respighi’s Pini di Roma.

Special guests include violinist Heidi Baumbach and Pablo Montes on bassoon.

According to RDSO notes, Montes began his musical career at the age of five.

Enrolled in an El Sistema program, he was asked to select an instrument by the age of 10.

“He began bassoon lessons with Andrew Riera in his hometown. Being the youngest bassoon player in the area, he was asked a few weeks after to perform the New World Symphony as principal bassoon.”

El Sistema gave him a solid music foundation, and provided him with the opportunity to meet world renowned conductors such as Claudio Abado and Sir Simon Rattle.

Baumbach has been studying violin since the age of five. “In 2005, whe was accepted with special dispensation to the Canadian University College Chamber Orchestra, with which she performed until spring of 2010, as well as April 2012 to the present.”

She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Canadian University College while participating in the Mount Royal Conservatory program under the tutelage of Bill van der Sloot.

As for the starring piece of the evening, RDSO music director Claude Lapalme said the unusual form of the work Bolero, with, “It’s two melodies and 15-minute long crescendo, was unique in orchestral writing at the time of its composition; but despite its novelty, it was an immense success worldwide.”

For ticket information, call the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre at 403-755-6626 or visit www.blackknightinn.ca.