CLassics in the Cohan 5

Classic Series
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Copland: An Outdoor Overture
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F with Ji
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Classics Concert 5 - 8:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo
Rei Hotoda, Conductor
Ji, Piano Virtuoso

Generously sponsored by: Dick Morse & Mike Lyons

The Symphony’s Season Finale will see Maestra Rei Hotoda lead the orchestra in pieces by two famed, contemporary American composers and a master, popular Russian composer. The evening begins with Copland’s An Outdoor Overture, composed in 1938 with its distinct, expansive and adventurous sound. Hotoda, a classically trained pianist, will collaborate with fellow virtuoso pianist Ji on another American classic; Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Written in 1925, the concerto is fluid and, often played with an agitated tempo and urgency, embodying the emerging, frenetic pace of American life at the time. The evening ends with Tchaikovsky’s famous, big Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op.36. This symphony was patterned off of Beethoven’s 5th with the theme of fate.

Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s most sought after and dynamic artists. Ms. Hotoda is currently Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra—the first female to hold this position in the Orchestra’s 75-year history. She has also held Assistant Conductor positions with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Winnipeg Orchestra.

Ji is a superstar in his native Korea, launched to fame at age 10 when he became the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic's Young Artists Competition. Since then, he's won a number of high-profile awards and has performed as a soloist with some of the most prestigious symphonies in the world. He is currently gaining notoriety as the the star of a national Android commercial in which he performs Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on two pianos, one that features the usual 88 pitches on a piano, and one that is tuned so that each key plays a middle C.