Brian Dykstra to Perform With Wooster Symphony Orchestra

Concerts to be performed Nov. 10 & 11 in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center

02 November, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Brian Dykstra, pianist and professor emeritus at The College of Wooster, will perform with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, conductor and professor of music at Wooster, on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.).

Selections to be performed include Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C Major,” Op. 48 with four movements. Tchaikovsky intended the first movement to be an imitation of Mozart's style, and it was based on the form of the classical sonatina, with a slow introduction.The stirring 36-bar andante introduction is littered with double-stopping in the violins and violas, forming towering chordal structures. This introduction is restated at the end of the movement, and then reappears, transformed, in the coda of the fourth movement, tying the entire work together.

Gioachino Rossini’s overture to “La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder),” a comedic opera in one act, will also be performed as well as Manuel de Falla’s “Noches en los Jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain),” a set of three symphonic impressions for piano and orchestra. According to Dykstra, “‘Nights’highlights the solo piano and often challenges the pianist technically, the piece is not a ‘concerto’ as that term is commonly understood. Orchestra and piano are fully equal partners which often alternate passages, and one is as likely as the other to state an important theme.”

“Easy Winners”by Scott Joplin, a ragtime era composer,rounds out the selections to be performed. Dykstra states “the version created for this concert synthesizes Joplin’s original piano solo version with the orchestrated version.”

Dykstra is the Neille O. and Gertrude M. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Music at Wooster. Currently he teaches piano part-time at the College but served full-time for 38 years (1969-2007). He attended the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria, for one year as a Fulbright Scholar. Dykstra has won acclaim for his 64 compositions in the concert ragtime genre, and for his ragtime performances and recordings. His two albums “Neo-Ragtime” and “Ragtime Classics, 1901-1919,” and the album “Jean Baptiste Singelée: The Opera Fantasies for Violin and Piano,” Vol. 1., recorded with violinist and Wooster professor Thomas Wood, are all available at the Wilson Bookstore in Lowry Center.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Buehler’s (Milltown and Towne Market), the Wilson Bookstore on campus, and at the door of the concert. All students are admitted free of charge, and C.O.W. faculty and staff may obtain complimentary tickets at the Wilson Bookstore. Tickets can also be ordered from Scheide Music Center, 330-263-2419.