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World renowned pianist to perform at March 19 concert

Maestro Enrique Diemecke of the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Enrique Diemecke of the Flint Symphony Orchestra.

FLINT — The Flint Symphony Orchestra continues its season, From the Eternal City, at 8 p.m., March 19 at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St. in Flint. The orchestra, led by Maestro Enrique Diemecke, will perform works from composers Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Strauss.

World renowned pianist Alessio Bax will join the FSO for this concert, which will include:

Claude Debussy, Petite Suite — Originally written for piano, Debussy’s contemporary, Henri Büsser, orchestrated the version that is to be performed. Delicate yet evocative, Debussy’s four movement suite will transport the audience on a lilting melodic journey.

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43 —- Using Paganini’s Caprice XXIV for inspiration, Rachmaninoff creates a series of variations which explore popular musical motifs of the time.

World renowned pianist Alessio Bax.

World renowned pianist Alessio Bax.

Richard Strauss, Aus Italien, Opus 16 — An early work by Strauss, although is not performed as often as later pieces, is noteworthy for its display of traits that are distinctly Strauss.

Italian pianist Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the Conservatory of his home town, Bari, studying under Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena, where he studied under Joaquín Achúcarro.

In 1994, he moved to Dallas to further his studies with Achúcarro at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he is now on the teaching faculty. He has won various international competitions including, at the age of 19, the First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2000, he won First Prize at the universally acknowledged Leeds International Pianoforte Competition.

Bax’s festival appearances include London’s International Piano Series (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Aldeburgh and Bath Festivals in England, the Ruhr Klavierfestival, and the BeethovenFest and Musikfestspiele Saar in Germany, among others. As a recitalist, he has been seen regularly at the main music halls in Rome, Milan, Madrid, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, Washington, D.C., and Mexico City.

Alessio Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has lead him to appear with more than 70 orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra and the Rome Symphony Orchestra, among others.

He has worked with a number of esteemed conductors, such as Marin Alsop, Petr Altrichter, Sergiu Commissiona, Alexander Dimitriev, Jonathan Nott, Vernon Handley, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Owain Arwel Hughes, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Dimitry Sitkovetsky and Sir Simon Rattle. As an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with the likes of Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Nobuko Imai, among others.

Single tickets range in price from $9.50 to $58; students and seniors 60 and over receive a $2 discount. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Whiting Ticket Center at 810- 237-7333 or 888-8CENTER. — G.G.

If you go

WHAT: Flint
Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: 8 p.m.
March 19
Whiting, 1241 E.
Kearsley St., Flint
TICKETS: $9.50-
$58; students and
seniors 60 and over
receive a $2 discount
DETAILS: Whiting
Ticket Center, 810-
237-7333 or 888-

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