North State Symphony Musicians to Play Eastern European Works During "Intimate" Chamber Music Concerts

Promo PhotoFour of the leading classical musicians in the North State will perform during the North State Symphony’s Eastern Europe-flavored chamber music concert, “Experience the Intimate.”

Performances take place Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Redding’s Old City Hall, and Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. in CSU, Chico’s Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.

Butte County residents Natalya Shkoda, piano, and Susie Lundberg, oboe join Humboldt County players Terrie Baune, violin and Carol Jacobson, cello in a program that North State Symphony maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett calls “stirring and serious.”

Shkoda, a native of the Ukraine, is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at CSU, Chico. The other three musicians are all principal players in the North State Symphony. The concert features two trios, by Russian Dmitri Shostakovich and Polish-Lithuanian Grażyna Bacewicz, as well as a duo by the French composer Maurice Ravel for violin and cello.

The art of chamber music is subtly different for the performers compared to playing either in a solo setting, or with a full orchestra.

“The emphasis in chamber music performance is on collaboration,” said Shkoda. “I have to know not just the music I play, but also the people I play with in order to connect with them and become a ‘single-minded performing organism’ during the process of music-making.”

Piano Trio No. 2 by Shostakovich was composed in 1944, in the middle of World War II and dedicated to the memory of one of Shostakovich' closest friends, Ivan Sollertinsky, who had died a few years earlier. The work is a dark, tragic and very powerful piece, according to Shkoda.

“The piano part ranges from single-note accompaniments to super virtuosic -- and because of that almost unplayable -- passages. This is one of those pieces I have always wanted to perform, and I welcome the opportunity to work with Terrie and Carol and to present the work to the audiences in Chico and Redding.”

Terrie Baune, the NSS concertmaster has long taken an interest in music by women composers. For a number of years, she led the Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco, which performed exclusively music by female composers. Grażyna Bacewicz was a virtuoso violinist and composer of the middle 20th century in Poland, whose career was successful despite being interrupted by World War II. Her work for the Chico and Redding concerts is a trio piece featuring the unusual combination of oboe, violin and cello.

Completing the program is a duo work by Maurice Ravel, best known for his Bolero and other works.

Advance tickets for the Redding performance are available at the Cascade Theatre (243-8877). Tickets for the Chico concert are available at the University Box Office (898-6333).

The Chico performance is sponsored by Marilyn Ann Kruschke in memory of Dr. Earl R.Kruschke.