Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to feature two pianists

first_imgo What: Orli Shaham and Igal Kesselman play Mozart’s concerto for two pianos with the Vancouver Symphony under Salvador Brotons.o When: 3 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.o Where: Skyview High School Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver.o Cost: $50 reserved; $35 general; $30 seniors; $10 students.o Information: 360-735-7278 or Vancouver Symphony Orchestra website.“We are doing the original gender performance,” said Orli Shaham with a laugh. Shaham was referring to the Mozart concerto for two pianos that will feature her and Igal Kesselman with the Vancouver Symphony this weekend. Mozart wrote the concerto for two pianos so that he could play it with his sister Maria Anna, who Mozart referred to as “Nannerl.”“It will be sort of like the authentic version,” added Shaham, “I will play the first piano part, which was played by Nannerl, and Igal will play the second piano part, which is what Mozart played.”“The first piano is written in a higher register than the second,” noted Kesselman. “The writing is very beautiful and complementary in the sense that Mozart generously threads the musical material between the two pianists. Sometimes they repeat the musical material in slightly different ways. Sometimes they play together in a complementary fashion. It’s a dialogue or conversation between two people who like each other and get along in a playful way. They share thoughts and musical ideas. Sometimes the music is vigorous and lyrical. Other times, it is delicate and refined.”The two grand pianos will be placed on stage in front of the orchestra so that the pianists can face each other. The trick will be to balance the sound with each other and with the orchestra.“Some of the passages are exchanged from one pianist to the other and then to the orchestra,” remarked Shaham. “It’s as if the orchestra is the third pianist.”last_img read more