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LASO Performs With Premier Cello Virtuoso Wendy Warner Saturday

on November 3, 2017 - 7:26am
Internationally reknowned cellest Wendy Warner performs Saturday with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra at Crossroads Bible Church. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra welcomes internationally known cellist Wendy Warner to the stage for its Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is free, donations accepted.

Warner is one of the world’s leading cellists, praised by Strings magazine for her “youthful, surging playing, natural stage presence and almost frightening technique.”

Warner soared to international attention in 1990, winning the top prize at the fourth International Rostropovich Competition in Paris at age 18.  Subsequently she was engaged to appear with the National and Bamberg Symphony Orchestras, Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich conducting.  And then she embarked on two tours, making a Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 as well as debuts abroad in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Köln, Düsseldorf and Berlin. The Chicago native performs regularly on celebrated stages all over the world.

LASO musical director and conductor David Chavez is a longtime friend and facilitated Warner’s performance with LASO. Warner chose Saint-Sens Concerto No. 1 for the concert. The cello dominates as a solo instrument from the very beginning of Concerto No. 1 through its conclusion, providing the soloist with amble opportunity to showcase the instrument.  

Saint-Saëns wrote the Cello Concerto No. 1 for Auguste Tolbecque. In an era when pianists and violinists tended to hog the spotlight as solo instruments, Tolbecque was enhancing the status of the cello through his reputation as an educator with a deep understanding of the instrument’s history.

The program also includes.  Symphony No. 2 (Romantic) composed by Howard Hanson and the Ruy Blas Overture, Opus 95, composed by Felix Mendelssohn.

This concert offers the opportunity to hear one of the premier cellists in the world perform with Los Alamos’ own Symphony Orchestra.