La Crosse Symphony goes with the flow in water-themed program

Posted on: June 21, 2016

“The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra will present water music along with two concertos by world-class pianist Frederic Chiu in a season-ending chamber concert Thursday along the Mississippi River in the Weber Center for the Performing Arts,” states an unsigned article in Sunday’s (6/19) La Crosse Tribune (Wisconsin). “The orchestra, under the direction of Alexander Platt, will perform water suites by George Frideric Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann. Chiu, a semi-finalist in the 1993 Van Cliburn Piano Competition and winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, will play the ‘Edmund Fitzgerald Concerto for Piano and Strings’ by Geoffrey Peterson and J.S. Bach’s third piano concerto. Platt said he wanted a water theme for his second annual chamber concert because La Crosse is a river town and the performance space is on the Mississippi River.… Chiu will play Peterson’s 2002 concerto about the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on Nov. 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29.… Platt said it is unusual for a pianist to play two concertos on one concert program. ‘This concert will be special,’ he said.”

Posted June 21, 2016