Classics 4 – Guest Artist: Frank Wiens

Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 6 pm

Conductor
Guest Artist

FRANK WIENS, piano

Program

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor
MOZART: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Overview

  • Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis . . . visionary fusion of folk tunes and sacred elements . . . impassioned, lush work specifically for strings
  • Schumann’s Piano Concerto . . . local favorite Frank Wiens performs this emotionally charged piece, ranging from fierce power to songlike sweetness
  • Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony . . . energetic, elegant and bubbles over with wit and charm

Concert Tidbits

  • Frank Wiens grew up listening to his older siblings play piano – at 4-years old, with no formal training, Frank began playing the songs he heard. For three years he played by ear and was deemed to have perfect pitch. He began piano lessons at 7-years old and the rest his history. Professor and concert pianist, Frank Wiens has enjoyed a lifetime of living his musical passion.
  • In 1906, when clergyman Rev Percy Dearmer turned up at the home of Ralph Vaughan Williams, he feared the Rev was going to ask him to partake in his ministry and allow homeless tramps to sleep in his drawing room. But Dearmer had come to ask Vaughan Williams to help him with the musical side of The English Hymnal, a book that was to become the staple of Anglican congregations throughout the country, and is still used by some today.
  • Schumann (a fascinating character) began taking piano lessons at seven years old, Schumann left the study of law, to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
  • Mozart’s “Jupiter”was completed in 1788 and was his last symphony. By far the largest and most complex of Mozart’s symphonies, it is uncertain whether the work was ever performed during the composer’s lifetime.

Program Notes

Classics 4 program notes

Concert Sponsors

Cheryl & Douglas Hunt | Stephen & Leslie Sherman | Dan & Lynne Terry

Guest Artist Sponsors

Judith & Patrick Hobin