January 24, 2019 | Drexel Hill, PA – The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Reuben Blundell, presents a concert on February 10 featuring guest artist, violist Roberto Díaz, president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $17 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610.622.1189 or by visiting www.udpac.org. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill. Parking is free. For more information on the upcoming season visit http://www.lansdowneso.org.
The afternoon opens with the “Overture” to Dame Ethel Smyth’s grand opera The Wreckers. Ms. Smyth (1858-1944) was an important figure in music, feminism, and English history. Her work is featured in a collaboration with international publishers and libraries including the Royal Academy of Music, Philadelphia’s Fleisher Collection, and Lawdon Press in a series of programs featuring works by female composers. The second work is the “Viola Concerto” by William Walton (1902–1983), one of Walton’s best-known works. The orchestra welcomes viola soloist Roberto Díaz for the concerto. The orchestra will conclude the afternoon with “Symphony No. 4 in E Minor” by the German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, following in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Josef Hofmann, Efrem Zimbalist, and Rudolf Serkin. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. As a soloist, Mr. Díaz collaborates with leading conductors of our time on stages throughout the world.
“The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra is an integral part of the Delaware County community, with activities in libraries, community performances, interactions with other arts, and additional activities,” said musical director Reuben Blundell. “Many of our musicians are professionals in other fields, yet also share their great love of music with the community. The LSO is a unique community orchestra, with reviews from journals and reviews across several countries of our CD (released worldwide), which has been played on radio stations in Philadelphia and far beyond. And we’ve been recognized for our contribution to our local community (the Borough of Lansdowne Sycamore Award).”
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.