A chamber orchestra will host the “Take to the Sky” concert
BAY HARBOR – The first heralds of spring come from the skies, as migrating birds return to hasten winter’s retreat. A growing chorus of whistles and chirps drifts through the leafless trees, heralding the glorious summer months to come.
In tribute to our feathered friends, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will present its “Take to the Sky” concert, featuring world-renowned violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor.
The theme of the concert is centered on birdsong in classical music.
The program includes “Lark Ascending” by Vaughn Williams, which will feature solo violinist Berlinsky.
A violin teacher and artist professor at Michigan State University College of Music, Berlinsky has performed at major venues such as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo , the Grand Hall of the Moscow University Conservatory and the Mariinsky Concert Hall.
“Take to the Sky” will also include “Gli Uccelli” (The Birds) by Ottorino Respighi, “Cantus Arcticus” by Einojuhani Rautavaara and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sixth Symphony” (first movement).
Regarding “Cantus Arcticus”, conductor and musical director Libor Ondras explained that Rautavaara’s “Concerto for Birds and Orchestra”, as it is subtitled, uses bird songs recorded throughout musical performance.
“The Finnish composer (Rautavaara) went on an excursion near the Arctic Circle (hence the title) and in the Liminka marshes in northern Finland to record the calls of a multitude of birds”, noted Ondras. “Listening to it is like stepping into an avian paradise, with the melancholic song of the shore larks as unforgettable as the migrating whooper swans. Bird calls are juxtaposed against a lush orchestral score.
A pre-concert talk with Ondras will precede the concert at 6 p.m. in the Community Engagement Room at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts.
Concert tickets with reserved seating are available at www.glcorchestra.org. There is no fee for students 18 and under, veterans, and active military.
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit organization headquartered in downtown Petoskey at 219 E. Lake Street. For more information, call the office at (231) 487-0010.