Up & Coming Weekly

January 29, 2019

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 5, 2019 UCW 13 STEPHANIE CRIDER, Associate Publisher. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Musical 'Love is in the Air' at Methodist University by STEPHANIE CRIDER COVER STORY Renowned pianist Anton Nel joins the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Feb. 9 at Methodist University's Huff Concert Hall for "Love is in the Air," a concert celebra- ting love, romance and longing. For Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Stefan Sanders, programming concerts for holidays can be especially fun. e Feb. 9 "Love is in the Air" concert is no exception. It includes classic pieces sure to stir the soul as well as a performance by guest pianist Anton Nel, who will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff 's "Piano Concerto No. 2." "Concerts close to holidays offer an opportunity to program thematically, and love and romance and longing for someone are a major part of the human condition," said Sanders. "Putting together a concert is like creating a menu. You want to put together things that pair well and accent each other and are palatable. ink about the songs we listen to on the radio. As people, we have strong feelings, and there is a lot of great music that is love-inspired." And there will be plenty of them in this perfor- mance. Whether it's romance or great music you are after, FSO has a well-programmed perfor- mance set for the weekend before Valentine's Day. e playlist includes selections from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," plus iconic music from "Casa- blanca" and "West Side Story." "e symphony is going to play some incredible, beloved romantic music — some of the songs will be very recognizable," Sanders said. "ere is also a lot of music that has been used in TV and film so that the audience will hear it, and even if they don't know it by name, they will recognize it." Special guest Anton Nel has been an interna- tional performance pianist for nearly four decades. He is also an acclaimed harpsichordist and fort- epianist. But it is not just his talent that makes him a great fit for this FSO concert. Sanders credits Nel with inspiring not just audiences but the perform- ers with whom he shares the stage — a pleasure Sanders has had more than once. "Any time you work with someone, there are some unknowns," Sanders said. "But just the rapport with someone you have worked with and can trust makes for a positive experience. And Anton is an incredible artist. He is renowned for his interpretation of certain composers. I think the other performers will enjoy working with some- one of this caliber. "I have seen several performances with Anton and other greats where their artistry inspires ev- eryone else on the stage to be their absolute best. Anton is one of those artists who brings out the best in other artists." e piece Nel is playing is significant for more than one reason. It's great music, but the back story is also something many people will be able to relate to and find hope in. It's about mental health. Early in Rachmaninoff 's career, he wrote a symphony. When it premiered, the performance was abysmal. e audience hated it. "is threw him into a very deep depression," said Sanders. "He was at the bottom. ankfully, he was able to get help." A therapist helped Rachmaninoff to get out of his deep depression. And Rachmaninoff did more than just survive. He started thriving. "He felt inspired to write a second concert," said Sanders. "And he dedicated it to his therapist, Nikolai Dahl. It goes to show that the things people deal with today are similar to what people dealt with years ago." With a mission to educate, entertain and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville region as the leading musical resource, FSO is creative in its program- ming and outreach initiatives. e organization is built on the premise that great symphonic music should affordable and fun. One of the initiatives that aims to make the symphony fun and approachable to everyone is the "Music Nerd" preconcert talks. About 45 min- utes before the concert begins, Sanders and FSO Musicologist Joshua Busman will take the stage. Sanders described the Music Nerd portion as a casual chat. "It is a way for curious minds to learn about the music and other interesting facts related to the programming," Sanders said. "Often, people like to have more context than what a program note provides. It is a way for people to learn more about the music we are going to play." FSO also provides program notes on its website so attendees will have a good idea about what the performance will contain. e program notes are available at www.fayettevillesymphony.org. Methodist University will host the concert at Huff Concert Hall, 5400 Ramsey St. e Music Nerd talk starts at 6:45 p.m. e concert starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.fayettevillesymphony.org or call 910-433- 4690 for tickets and information.

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