Sunday, November 24, 2019, 2:30pm
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
420 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Pre-concert lecture with composer, George Lewis 45 minutes prior to the performance
Jessie Montgomery Starburst
George Lewis Lonnie and Lonie (2019), a Double Concerto for Trumpet and Piano (World Premiere)
Susan Grace, piano; Glen Whitehead, trumpet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K.338
Felix Mendelssohn Scherzo in G Minor from the Octet, op. 20
Michael Torke Sky: A Bluegrass Concerto (Regional Premiere)
Tessa Lark, violin
The Chamber Orchestra has joined with orchestras across the country to commission a new Bluegrass Concerto from one of America’s most prominent composers, Michael Torke, for the incandescent violinist Tessa Lark. In addition to diverse music from Mendelssohn, Mozart and a newcomer to the Chamber Orchestra, Jessie Montgomery, the orchestra presents another world premiere featuring Susan Grace and Glen Whitehead--a brand new concerto for trumpet and piano by George Lewis. This will be a fun, adventurous weekend.
ABOUT TESSA LARK
A budding superstar in the classical realm, Tessa Lark has been consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance.
Silver Medalist in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Tessa is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky, delighting audiences with programming that includes Appalachian and bluegrass music and inspiring composers to write for her.
“Love Letter” seemed to focus on bluegrass flavor, with touches of things classical. It embraced lyricism, dance-like energy and meditative moments, qualities which Lark emphasized in a compelling performance....Lark was one with the piece, as was the packed house with it and her.
— Virginia Gazette
In 2018, Lark received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. In 2016, she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2014, she received a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. She was the Silver Medalist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI), and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition.