Beethoven and Borowsky Trio to Open Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra Concert and the 35th Anniversary Season for Music, Gettysburg!
(Gettysburg) The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (GCO) will open the 35th Anniversary year for Music, Gettysburg! with a spectacular concert featuring Beethoven and the Borowsky Piano Trio Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 4pm.
The Borowsky Piano Trio, an ensemble of young artists who reside in York Springs, will perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto, for piano, violin, and cello soloists and the GCO under the direction of Norman Nunnamaker. The remainder of the program will be given over to another iconic work of Beethoven’s, his Symphony No. 7, in A major, op. 92.
The concert opens the 2015-2016 concert season of 18 free and open to the public concerts, taking place in the chapel of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 147 Seminary Ridge.
According to the Director of the GCO, Norman Nunamaker, the Beethoven 7th symphony is one of that composers greatest works, and is also one of his favorites. The work was written in 1812 and premiered the next year with the composer, who was nearly totally deaf at the time, conducting that premiere. Critics wrote mixed reviews of the work, but all commented about the unique slow movement that received a standing ovation and was immediately repeated! “The critics were also unanimous in their comments on Beethoven’s conducting skills” said Nunamaker, “—he was unanimously panned!”
The Borowsky Trio consists of three young siblings, pianist Elizabeth, violinist Emmanuel, and cellist Frances, who have already achieved international recognition, having performed throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2004 they jointly received the Erick Friedman Prize for Outstanding Young Musicians and performed their Carnegie Hall debut. They have performed pre-Olympic concerts in China, resided as Artists-in-Residence at the Dilsberg Castle as recipients of a grant from the German government, and have performed as soloists with the German Youth Symphony Orchestra during their U.S. concert tour. Recently, under the motto “Music: the Best Bridge for All People,” they toured the Baltic States, Mexico and Cuba. As such, they have been cultural ambassadors and promoters of great music around the world.
Elizabeth Borowsky has performed as soloist with the Israeli Soloists Orchestra, Lublin Philharmonic, Polish Camerata, St. Christopher Orchestra, Tianjim Symphony, and the Towson University Symphony Orchestsra. She has degrees from Towson University (summa cum laude) and Indiana University (MM) and has received scholarships from the Chopin Foundation, Ford Foundation and the Kociuszki Foundation, and has many recording published by Intermuse Co. Records.
Violinist Emmanuel Borowsky has degrees from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Indiana University (BM, MM) and is currently completing his DMA degree at the University of Maryland. His teachers have included the famous violin pedagogue Dorothy Delay, as well as Roman Totenberg, Jamie Laredo and Manaheim Pressler. When not practicing his violin, he is often practicing his juggling skills, or tending to the animals on the family farm in York Springs.
Frances Borowsky was introduced to the cello at an early age by her mother, acclaimed cellist Cecylia Barczyk, who is on the faculty of Towson University. Because of her musical activities as a youth, she was able to complete her college degree from the Honors College of Towson University by the age of eighteen. Further work was done at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University (MM) and at the School of the Arts in Essen, Germany. Frances is also enrolled in the Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland.
The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra is currently in its 18th year of presenting concerts under the auspices of Music, Gettysburg! One of its objectives is to use as many local musicians as both members and/or as soloists, and the last five concerts have all featured musicians from Adams County. And, during those eighteen years some seventeen local artists have performed with this professional ensemble.
This concert is funded, in part, from grants from the Adams County Arts Council (STAR Grant), the Adams County Community Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
The GCO has recently launched a capital campaign to create an endowment to ensure that this orchestra continues to present concerts long after the founding directors step down. Readers are urged to visit the newly created website for the GCO by visiting www.gettysburgchamberorchestra.com.