Cellist Cameron Crozman will solo with the RDSO on Saturday. (Contributed photo).

Romance and birdsong featured in season-ending concert for RDSO

Local violinist Habour Lehocky will solo, as will celebrated cellist Cameron Crozman

Music inspired by birdsong and a romantic Dvorak work will help wrap up the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra season.

The season finale concert will be held Saturday at the Red Deer College Arts Centre.

Antonin Dvorak’s concerto has been performed by all of the word’s great cellists since it was published in 1896. But the piece might never have been written if the composer hadn’t changed his mind about the suitability of the cello as a solo instrument.

Apparently, Dvorak loved the cello’s middle range, but found the higher range too nasal and the bass too incoherent. These concerns must have melted away with the premiere of this concerto, which was a massive success.

It will be performed by the RDSO, under music director Claude Lapalme, and soloist Cameron Crozman, who’s hailed as one of Canada’s leading young cellists after playing with orchestras around the world.

The final RDSO concert of the 32nd season will also feature the work Oiseaux Bleus et Sauvages by Vancouver composer Jocelyn Morlock, a 2018 Juno Award winner.

Morlock has revealed that her inspiration for the piece came from the loud birds in her eaves troughs — “vociferous creatures (that) embody the exuberance and delight of summer.”

Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts winner Harbour Lehocky will also solo at the concert when the RDSO performs Jean Sibelius’s highly demanding, yet sparse Violin Concerto.

For tickets and more information, contact the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

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