January 25, 2018 – The concert on Saturday, February 28th, 2018 will feature two talented soloists who are also members of the Orchestra. Today, I am sharing the first of two interviews, so you can learn about each soloist and her choice of music before even attending the concert!
Félicia Lévesque will perform the second and third movements of Reinecke’s Flute Concerto!
This concerto, which is Reinecke’s last composition, was written in 1908. It premiered the following year when it was interpreted by Maximilian Schwedler, the flutist to whom the piece was dedicated.
Without further ado, my interview with Félicia Lévesque!
Q) How did you choose your piece? Why this particular one?
A) My choice was easily made. First of all, it was recommended by my teacher for a competition in which I participated last May. I decided to play the same concerto because I like it very much, and I know, at least I hope, the orchestra and the public will appreciate it as much.
Q) What do you like the most about it?
A) I like the contrasting atmospheres that the composer gave to the 2nd and 3rd movements of the concerto. We see a variety of colors! We will progress from more dramatic melodies with a nostalgic character in a slow 2nd movement to a fast and whimsical 3rd movement. The romantic side of the piece adds to its beauty.
Q) What excites you the most about being a soloist with the orchestra? And is there something that stresses you, that you fear about it?
A) What excites me the most – and scares me– is the idea of being accompanied by so many people at the same time. We are used to being accompanied by a single instrument (piano, guitar, etc.). The idea of having the whole orchestra behind me to interpret and share my every musical intention delights me. I’m looking forward to living this experience!
I would like to thank Félicia for answering all my questions and invite you to come back in two weeks for the interview with violinist, Violet Webster.
See you soon!