GETTYSBURG CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OPENS NEW MUSIC, GETTYSBURG! SEASON WITH PRIZE WINNING GUEST VIOLINIST GALLIA KASTNER
The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (GCO) will feature a 14 year old violinist Gallia Kastner as its soloist in a concert on Sunday, September 9, at 4:00 pm in the Gettysburg Seminary Chapel. The GCO will open the Music, Gettysburg! concert season with works of Rossini, Mendelssohn and more.
Gallia Kastner, a Chicagoan, recently won First Prize in the Johansen International Competition, winning out over other young violinists from China, Korea, Russia, Germany, and Israel.
Kastner began her violin studies when she was 5 years old at the Betty Haag Academy of Music in Chicago and continued at the Music Institute of Chicago. At a very early age, she entered numerous competitions in the US, China, and Europe, and was the “winner” in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012! She has been a soloist with Rachael Barton Pine at the Grant Park Summer Festival (Chicago) and with the Northshore Symphony performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the Wieniawski 2nd Violin Concerto. She has performed on a number of TV programs both locally and nationally, including(NBC) The Today Show, and has been presented as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Colorado. Kastner has participated in numerous Master Classes with some of the premiere violin pedagogues in the world, including Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein.
Kastner is an 8th grader at St. James Catholic School in Arlington Heights (IL) and performs on a copy of the “ex-Soldat” Guarneri del Gesu violin built by Peter Seman. The violin is provided by a generous loan from The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, which also provided a Career Grant for Gallia.
“We welcome Gallia to Gettysburg and are honored to have her be a soloist with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra” said GCO conductor Norman Nunamaker of the musical prodigy. The Johansen International Competition is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, DC, scheduled triennially. “Over the years,” Nunamaker continued, “this competition has become the most famous competition for young string players and attracts players from throughout the world. The GCO has been associated with this Competition since the 2000.” At that time, a young violinist from Shanghai performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the GCO. “In 2003, we had a cellist from Seoul, Korea, in 2006 a violinist from Kentucky, and in 2009 another violinist from Seoul, Korea,” added Nunamaker.” This will be the fifth opportunity for the GCO to present one of the Johansen winners.
The competition winner will also perform a recital at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., as a part of her post competition tour of the Mid Atlantic.
The other works on the program include the ever-popular Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie), by Rossini, and the Symphony No. 3 by Felix Mendelssohn, subtitled the “Scotch” symphony.
The local professional orchestra is entering its 15th year under the leadership of Norman Nunamaker, its founding conductor, and Carolyn Nunamaker, who manages the GCO’s business operation. During its entire tenure, it has been under the sponsorship of Music, Gettysburg! which is supported by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and friends and supportive sponsors.
This concert is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Cultural Alliance of York County.
The concert is free, and for further information, please call 717-334-5508 For more information about the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the web site at www.musicgettysburg.org .