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Spotlight: Viva Italia! with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Simon Karakulidi
Simon Karakulidi, featured soloist

On this arts spotlight, Kermit Poling speaks with Michael Butterman, music director of the Shreveport Symphony, and pianist Simon Karakulidi about the weekend of concerts to be presented by the SSO on March 5 and 6.

Saturday, March 5—7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor
Simon Karakulidi, piano

ROSSINI Overture to L’Italiana in Algieri
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

Italian music influences and the energy of youth abound! Mendelssohn was a young man when he visited Italy and fell in love with the culture, inspiring his “Italian” symphony. And Rossini was only 21 when he wrote the charming L’Italiana in Algieri. Emerging star and Wideman International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Simon Karakulidi will bring Beethoven’s muscular Piano Concerto No. 3 to life.

Mozart Quintet
Sunday, March 6—3 PM
Anderson Auditorium, Centenary College
Simon Karakulidi, piano (Wideman Piano Competition Gold Medal winner)
Theresa Bridges, oboe
Jake Hale, clarinet
Ann Shoemaker, bassoon
Tom Hundemer, horn

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111
LISZT Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452