On Saturday, Feb. 23, the symphony will showcase our own concertmaster, Louise Polay, in a performance of the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor. Louise has been an integral member of the KGS for many years, beginning with her initial position as principal second violin, then as associate concertmaster, and finally, since the 2007-2008 season, as concertmaster. Polay is a veteran performer of both orchestral and chamber works, and a long-time local champion of music education.
Also featured on Saturday’s program will be Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, a majestic work (sometimes referred to as “Beethoven’s Tenth”) that took Brahms over 14 years to complete. Rounding out the program will be a piece by contemporary composer Rodney Waschka II, his Belgrade Overture for Orchestra, which was composed for the Radio Television Symphony of Serbia in 2008.
The concert begins at 7:30 Saturday evening and tickets are still available from the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (250 East Main Street, phone 309-342-2299) or at the door concert night.