Pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. with Maestro Hughes.
Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto
featuring RACHEL KNIGHT, winner of the 2016 T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition
The Arapahoe Philharmonic thanks Universal Music Company for sponsoring the Concerto Competition winners.
Meet Rachel Knight
received her Masters of Music Degree from the University of Arizona with Dr. Carrol McLaughlin in 2014, and she is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student at the University of Arizona. Rachel graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Harp Performance and Piano Performance. During her senior year, she won both the UNC Concerto Competition and the Angie Southard Competition. Since then, she has also won first place in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition, and the American Fine Arts Festival Russian Music Competition, and she tied for the top prize given out at the Fourth International Harp Competition in Mexico. Rachel has toured and recorded with University of Arizona’s HarpFusion, including being featured in a solo recital in Brazil. Last summer she performed as first harpist for the Summer Opera Program at the International Lyric Academy in Italy and gave the opening solo recital in Hong Kong for Arizona Harp Experience Hong Kong Spectacular. Rachel has been featured in recital for the American Musicological Society, Arizona Harp Experience in Utah, and in recitals throughout Virginia, Colorado, Arizona, and Texas. She has been the concerto soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and University of Northern Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Her academic achievements include maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout all of her schooling, being a National Merit Scholar, and being selected as UNC’s 2013 Presser Scholar. Last fall, she received the Fred Fox School of Music 2015 Creative Achievement Award as well as the Music Advisory Board Distinguished Graduate Student Award.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Tchaikovsky was at a point in his life where the cruel hand of fate had struck him one too many times, at least in his mind. His tendencies towards depression and self-doubt are annihilated by the joy and excitement with which the Fourth Symphony ends. Of course, it does not begin this way. Tchaikovsky borrowed Beethoven’s technique of presenting fate in a short musical motive, which in contrast to Beethoven’s ending, would assert itself more loudly and insistently before giving in to the blind jubilation of humanity. In addition to the Tchaikovsky, this year’s collegiate concerto competition winner will be the featured soloist in the concert performance of a work of his or her choice.
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