The Inland Valley Symphony’s first concert of the New Year, “March On!” is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Gershwin Performing Arts Center.
Musical Director and Conductor Anthony Parnther will lead the charge, as his orchestra will perform traditional classical music pieces such as “Stars and Stripes,” the “Triumphal March,” and the “Radetsky March.”
Featured will be Swedish solo oboist Karin Sahlin, who will perform “Concertino for Oboe and Strings” written by fellow Swede composer, Lille Bror Soderlundh.
The connection between the Inland Valley Symphony and Sahlin is quite recent.
“Last year I met Anthony Parnther,” explained Sahlin. “We played together and we started to talk about more exchange (between us). When he was asked to do this piece by a Swedish composer — and an oboe solo — he asked me to be the soloist.”
Parnther sent Sahlin an invitation via Facebook and Sahlin simply couldn’t refuse.
“I said ‘yes!’ within two hours,” Sahlin said.
Soderlundh’s concertino promises to be an enthralling and entertaining highlight of the evening.
Sahlin added: “In the beginning I think it is very Swedish — nice and fresh. Then suddenly comes small parts of jazz. The second movement starts like an ice-cold winter day and then goes over to a fast, light Swedish spring/summer melody.”
This gorgeous piece doesn’t end there.
“Then comes a third movement that is more American style,” continued Sahlin. “In the end, it is really like playing jazz on the oboe. Very fun to play. I don’t know if Soderlundh ever went to America, but he must have listened to American music at that time.”
Sahlin wishes to incorporate a bit of Scandinavia in her upcoming performance.
“I really want the audience to see the Swedish landscape when I play it. I have now practiced the wonderful piece for almost six months and I just love it.”
As is quite apparent, Sahlin is looking forward to her performing partnership with the Inland Valley Symphony.
“I am so excited to come and play with Anthony Parnther and the Inland Valley Symphony Orchestra.”
Enjoying its 18th season, the Inland Valley Symphony will perform six concerts in the 2012-13 season, including a special performance with the Youth Symphony in April called “Young People’s Concert” where music from “Les Miserables” will be highlighted. The season will end with “A Choral Fantasy” in June.
The Inland Valley Symphony provides cultural enrichment through orchestral performance and education, fosters musical development and arts awareness for youth and its members and promotes the appreciation of music for the greater community.
The Gershwin Performing Arts Center at Murrieta Mesa High School is located at 24801 Monroe Ave., Murrieta.
For concert information and tickets, visit www.inlandvalleysymphony.org.
Chris Baptiste is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.