Russian cellist to join West Mich. Symphony for concerts

Award-winning cellist Alexander Buzlov will join the West Michigan Symphony on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, for the first Masterworks concert of the symphony's 2011-12 season. Performances are at 7:30 both evenings at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, 425 W. Western Ave. in downtown Muskegon. This will be Buzlov's third visit to the West Michigan Symphony and his sixth time working with Music Director Scott Speck. His cello will be showcased in Edward Elgar's haunting "Cello Concerto.'
Oct 13, 2011


While in the area, Buzlov will also conduct a master class with students from North Muskegon High School on Oct. 26. Three students will perform, and Buzlov will provide each with individual feedback and suggestions for improvement as well as address the rest of the class.

“Alexander Buzlov is able to create some of the most beautiful cello sounds I have ever heard,” Speck said. “His music is both powerful and sensitive. He and I first collaborated about eight years ago, which was Alex’s very first performance with a symphony orchestra in the United States.”

Speck and the symphony will begin the evening with the “faster-than-a-speeding-bullet” tempo of Michael Daugherty’s “Oh, Lois!” The five-minute concert opener evokes intrepid newspaper reporter Lois Lane flying alongside Superman. The composition creates the dramatic feel of danger and excitement through the use of an expanded percussion section, and Speck said audiences should prepare for a wild ride.

The night will also feature Elgar’s “Cello Concerto,” which premiered following the end of World War I and is said to be his last great work. Speck said the piece is “one of the most emotional and heartfelt pieces in the repertoire.”

Season and individual tickets can be purchased by calling the West Michigan Symphony ticket office at 231-726-3231. Several subscriber plans are available including the full series, Masterworks series only, pop series only or flexible ticketing that allows concertgoers to create their own experience.



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