A glimpse of Peabody 'rising stars'
Flutist, guitarist to be featured in Sunday chamber series in Columbia
By Phil Greenfield
Special to The Sun
February 8, 2008
Top-flight teachers attract top-flight students, and Howard County music-lovers will be the beneficiaries of that happy truism Sunday afternoon.
Columbia's "Sundays at Three" chamber music series will present two of the Peabody Institute's rising stars - flutist Anastasia Petanova and guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski - in an alluring program of works by Giuliani, Tansman, Reinecke, and Debussy. The 3 p.m. concert will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Oakland Mills Road, opposite Dobbin Road, in Columbia.
In Petanova, Peabody has attracted a graduate of the Moscow State Conservatory who is a soloist of the Moscow Virtuosi, one of Russia's state-of-the-art chamber orchestras. She also has performed on several international tours with the Moscow State Orchestra, and has soloed before Russian Federation President Vladimir V. Putin.
Petanova is a student of Maria Piccinini, a star flutist and Juilliard-trained teacher who will be host for Peabody's first International Flute Master Class in Baltimore in June.
Kuropaczewski is the holder of an advanced musical degree from the Academy of Wroclaw in his native Poland. He has performed in 15 countries, recorded several compact discs, and is described by his teacher, Manuel Barrueco, as the most musical student he has ever taught.
Barrueco is one of the true masters of his instrument; a virtuoso who plies his trade at such venues as London's Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Madrid's Teatro Real. If anyone knows a great guitarist when he hears one, it would be he.
Kuropaczewski will solo in Mauro Giuliani's Rossiniana No. 3 and Alexander Tansman's Suite in Modo Polanico.
The major work on Petanova's program is the Undine Sonata by Carl Reinecke (1824-1910), the Danish composer who became one of Germany's great professors of music and the teacher of such luminaries as Edvard Grieg, Leos Janacek, Isaac Albeniz and Max Bruch. Named after a legendary water spirit whose presence is alluded to in the four-movement sonata, Reinecke's Undine is a staple of the flute repertoire that has become the composer's most famous work. Petanova will be accompanied by pianist Timothy Hoff with whom she will also play a transcription of Claude Debussy's En Bateau and a feisty Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen, which was co-arranged by the flutist.
Fitting indeed that Bizet's passionate story of obsession and murder under the Andalusian sun should be brought to life on Petanova's instrument. After all, said Aristotle in his Politics, "The flute is not an instrument which has a good moral effect. It is too exciting."
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for unaccompanied full-time students and free for anyone younger than 18 when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets available at the door. Information: www.sundaysatthree.org.
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