Second performance in Master Series celebrates Victoria Symphony, UHV 40th anniversaries

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Oct. 13, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.

The Victoria Symphony's concert Saturday is a product of two organizations working together to bring music and enrichment to Victoria.

The University of Houston-Victoria and Victoria Symphony are partnering to present Ji-Yong, a 22-year-old Korean pianist, and music from the great orchestrators.

Darryl One, Victoria Symphony music director, said the performance at Victoria Fine Arts Center is set to be the first of the 2013-14 Master Series to include music from that theme. These pieces will explore several styles of music from great symphonies and composers, he said.

Ji, who was the winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Competition, will perform pieces from Aulis Sallinen, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Maurice Ravel. The program will include a piano and trumpet piece by Sallinen, "Sunrise Serenade"; Beethoven's "Concerto No. 4"; and two works by Ravel: "Le Tombeau de Couperin" and "Ma mere l'Oye."

"Beethoven's fourth piano concerto is the second most popular of the concertos," said One. "It's a serene, beautiful and contemplative piece."

One describes the two works by Ravel as using unique exotic devices and different combinations of orchestration with a baroque style. Ravel's works, he said, are both exciting and interesting for the audience to be a part of.

"It's like looking at a painting with three colors and then looking at a painting with 500 colors," said One. "There is just much more diversity of color for the ear."

Dorothy Alcorn has the date saved in her agenda to experience the performance. It's also very significant for the two groups to celebrate the anniversary together, she said.

Alcorn, 82, knew UHV professor Dr. Harry Lyall, who founded the symphony in 1974, and has continued to be a part of both organizations as a member of the UHV board of regents for six years and current member of the advisory board, as well as a member emeritus with the Victoria Symphony advisory board. She's been involved with the symphony since its inception.

"We certainly are indebted to him and to the university for this good organization," she said. "We're really blessed because this is a big cultural plus for the town."

As a student, she was enrolled in various classes at UHV, including a few music classes, and eventually earned a master's degree. Later, she raised children who also attended and graduated from UHV.

She said both groups are instrumental to adding something extra for the people who the live in Victoria.

"It's been excellent," she said. "I was amazed that a town of this size could produce such an outstanding symphony orchestra and continue it for this many years."

She said her close connection to both organizations stems from her interest in the community's higher education and classical music.

Ji's performance and the lineup directed by One will be one of Alcorn's favorites concerts because she enjoys the works of Beethoven and the young masters.

Lyall would be very pleased to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Victoria Symphony with this performance sponsored by UHV, she said, because it's an example of just how much the group has grown in this community.

"It has continued to be a superior group with lots of citizens interested in it. ... They offer such a wonderful product," Alcorn said.

One said the performance will include Symphony Savvy at 7 p.m., when he will give the audience a little background of the musical lineup. Ji will host an introduction before the performance and give guests a chance to talk to young musician.



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