Renowned guitarist featured at KGS concert

From The Register-Mail:

The  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 Shostakovich’s Symphony Nr. 10, Opus 93, E minor and the world premiere of Prokofiev’s “Devilish Inspiration,” Opus 4/4 orchestrated by Knox College graduate John Eisemann. Knudson will perform Vivaldi’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 “outstanding, with unique and interesting musical ideas.”

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), a Russian-born icon, composed his “Devilish Inspiration” Opus 4 for solo piano in 1908 at the age of 17. It premiered in St. Petersburg in December 1908, and was Prokofiev’s first public performance.

As part of his senior Honors Project at Knox College, Eisemann orchestrated the piece under the direction of Polay.

“Through 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,” Eisemann wrote…