The San Angelo Symphony will open its 67th season with a classical concert celebrating Tchaikovsky at 7 p.m. Oct. 1, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
Maestro Hector Guzman and the Symphony start the “We Are Music” season with pianist Alexander Kobrin and an audience appreciation party, prior to the concert.
Symphony-goers can expect three Tchaikovsky pieces; the first half will include the “March of Slaves” and “Capriccio Italien” and the second half will feature “Piano Concerto No. 1,” performed by Kobrin.
“If you aren’t familiar with classical music, the music of Tchaikovsky is the perfect introduction. It’s perfect to listen to, it is easy, beautiful and not heavy. You will find Tchaikovsky’s music to be not only beautiful but very brilliant.” Guzman said.
Guzman says it is a real treat to have a Russian pianist perform music from a Russian composer and he is looking forward to collaborating with “such a fine artist” and said he feels the overall experience will be rewarding.
Guzman is the music director of San Angelo, Irving and Plano symphonies in the United States. In his native Mexico, he has achieved a reputation as an organist by receiving first prize in the Chamber of Soloists competition and the Manuel Ponce national organ competition.
He holds degrees from the Conservatory Music in Mexico City, the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University.
While a student in the United States, Guzman was a student of world famous master teachers Alfred Mouledous and Robert Anderson. He has won solo competitions at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas.
Guzman became the first Latin-American ever chosen as a finalist in France’s “Grand Prix de Chartres,” described as the world’s most prestigious international organ competition.
Guest performer Kobrin holds an extensive background, beginning at age five, when he was enrolled in the Gnessin Special School of Music after attended Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He has performed with many orchestras including the New York and Tokyo philharmonics and the Russian National Orchestra.
He also has given master classes in Europe and Asia and has released recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Quarts and Centaur labels, which cover an array of piano literature.
Worldwide, Kobrin has appeared in recitals including Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong and many others.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased online by visiting sanangelosymphony.org or by calling 325-658-5877.