SCO hosts a Winter Soiree on Jan 24 featuring rarely heard compositions
Salem Chamber Orchestra presents a Winter Soiree on Sunday Jan 24 at 3pm featuring Maria Zlateva, violin, Karen Vincent, viola, and Melisander Wildberger, piano. The selections on the program are from immigrants that moved from Europe to America, or emigrants from America to Europe. Following the performance will be a reception of wine, coffee, and desserts. Proceeds benefit Salem Chamber Orchestra. Buy tickets at Travel Salem (503-581-4325) or online!
The program is largely a result of pianist Wildberger’s scholarship and collecting compositions of little-known composers from six years of study in Europe. The repertoire performed will include post-romantic duos and trios by Adolph Weidig, Templeton Strong, Rebecca Clarke, James Friskin, William Mason, and Leo Ornstein. Wildberger studied music theory, composition, and musicology at Northwestern, De Paul and Cornell Universities. He earned his living as a music typesetter, specializing in contemporary music and scholarly editions.
Karen Vincent is SCO’s long-time principal violist. She also regularly performs with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Linfield Chamber Orchestra. Karen Vincent has degrees in Music and Education from the University of Washington. While in Seattle she taught special education in the public school and played occasionally with the Seattle Symphony. Karen had an interest in opera, was principal viola of the Seattle touring opera, and after moving to Oregon played in the Portland Opera as section and principal viola for 15 years. Her great interest in period music performance shows in her 25 years with the prestigious Portland Baroque Orchestra. Other early music ensembles find her playing violin in the Musicke Consort, 17 years and currently Trio St Cecilia in Salem, and principal viola in the Bach Cantata Choral ensemble in Portland. Karen taught at Linfield College and Western Oregon University for a dozen years and maintained an active private studio in her home.
A native of Bulgaria, SCO violinist Maria Zlateva is a graduate of the Academia of Music and Dance in Plovdiv. She received an Artist Diploma from La Sierra University (California), a Master in Music from University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. While completing her DMA she was serving as Director of Strings at Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington. An accomplished violinist, Zlateva has served as a principal player and as a concertmaster in numerous orchestras in Europe and the United States. Her experience has taken her to many world-class stages in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
Adolph Weidig, Little Trio, Opus 9 (ca. 1890)
Templeton Strong, Four Nocturnes (1904)
Rebecca Clarke, Dumka (ca. 1940)
James Friskin, Elegy (ca. 1915) (viola and piano)
William Mason, Serenata, Opus 39 (ca. 1850) (viola and piano)
Leo Ornstein, Three Russian Impressions, Opus 37 (1916) (violin and piano)
The recital will be held at the home of Slate and Davida Wilson in the Fairmount District in Salem. Tickets are very limited, so advanced purchase is recommended.
Tickets are $25 and $15 for students in advance and $30 and $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Travel Salem (181 High St NE), by calling 503-581-4325, or online!