From The Register-Mail:
TheÂ Knox-Galesburg Symphony will feature guitarist Jordan Mandela Knudson at its subscription concert Saturday.
The concert, sponsored by Blick Art Materials celebrating its 100th anniversary, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, under the direction of artistic director/conductor Bruce Polay, will perform Shostakovichâ€™s Symphony Nr. 10, Opus 93, E minor and the world premiere of Prokofievâ€™s â€œDevilish Inspiration,â€ Opus 4/4 orchestrated by Knox College graduate John Eisemann. Knudson will perform Vivaldiâ€™s Guitar Concerto in D Major.
Knudson, with a degree in music from Columbia College, most recently won second place in the 2010 Society of American Musicians Competition and the 2009 College Church Guitar Competition, in which adjudicator Lorenzo Micheli called his playing â€œoutstanding, with unique and interesting musical ideas.â€
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), a Russian-born icon, composed his â€œDevilish Inspirationâ€ Opus 4 for solo piano in 1908 at the age of 17.Â It premiered in St. Petersburg in December 1908, and was Prokofievâ€™s first public performance.
As part of his senior Honors Project at Knox College, Eisemann orchestrated the piece under the direction of Polay.
â€œThrough the process of orchestrating this piece, I drew on my study of great orchestrators in combination with my own ear and trusting my melodic instincts,â€ Eisemann wrote…