MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Symphony will present its fall concert Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., in the R. R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the campus of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Three major works will be presented on the program: Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, Double Concerto for Violin and Violoncello by Johannes Brahms, and Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation” Symphony) by Felix Mendelssohn. One of the major themes in Finlandia was fashioned by Sibelius himself into a hymn which is well-known in the United States by the title “Be Still My Soul.” Mendelssohn used the Lutheran chorale tune “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” as the basis of the final movement of his symphony.
Brahms’s Double Concerto is rarely performed due to the difficulty in finding soloists of equal temperament and skill, but Knox County is lucky in having Ariane Sletner, violinist, and Luis Biava, cellist, as Adjunct Professors at Kenyon College.
A native of Oakland, California, Sletner has performed over 15 works as soloist with orchestra including concerts with the Oakland Symphony, the National Symphonies of Colombia and Guatemala and orchestras in Columbus, Oberlin, Philadelphia, New Albany and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is concertmaster of the New Albany Symphony and plays with the Biava-Uribe Trio, the High Street Four and the Columbus Symphony. She attended Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Biava is principal cello of Columbus Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Dublin, and conductor of Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Camarata. His family represents four generations of classical, Latin and jazz musicians. His first cello studies were with his uncle Miguel Uribe in his native Colombia, and he performs regularly in the Trio Biava-Uribe with his aunt (Blanca Uribe, piano) and his father (Luis Biava, violin). He attended the University of Michigan, and obtained a master’s from the Juilliard School where he studied with Leonard Rose.
The Knox County Symphony is in its 53rd year of continuous operation, made up of musicians primarily from Knox County, including community members, high school students and college students. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, who has been at the helm since 1984. Tickets will be available at the door, or by calling Sarah Goslee Reed at 740-392-4955.