The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra performs classical and pops concerts in Wisconsin's Fox Valley. Our home is the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin and we are proud to perform in many other venues and schools throughout the region. The FVSO also has three youth orchestras and several outreach programs in our community. You can visit us at www.foxvalleysymphony.com
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
A View from the Stage: Marcia Henry Liebenow
Liebenow and Harmon with composer Shirish Korde
We are excited about our concert this Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Of course, we are always excited about our concerts, but this time, we are having a Concerto for Violin and Tabla. When is the last time you heard that? Exactly. The piece is Svara-Yantra by Shirish Korde with guest artists Marcia Henry Liebenow and Zach Harmon.
As an extra bit of luck, both our guest artists got to meet with the composer last week and work on the piece. Marcia was kind enough to share her experiece with us!
Marcia Henry Liebenow
This past weekend Zach Harmon and I met with composer
Shirish Korde in Massachusetts to rehearse his Svara-Yantra Concerto for Violin, Tabla and Symphony Orchestra. We’ll
be performing this fantastic piece with the Fox Valley Symphony.
I’m very excited to perform Svara-Yantra. It’s an intense and absolutely amazing work, and I’m really
looking forward to collaborating with Brian Groner.
I’m also thrilled to work with tabla player Zach Harmon, who
is a Wisconsin native. Zach studied in the Masters program at the Thelonious
Monk Institute of Jazz, and studied tabla with Abhiman Kaushal. He performs,
records, and teaches around the world.
Zach Harmon, tabla
Zach and I are both faculty artists at the Red Lodge Music Festival
in Montana each summer, and I have known his father, composer and jazz pianist
John Harmon, for many years. I have premiered a number of John’s works at that
Earlier this fall I made arrangements for Zach and I to
rehearse the concerto with Shirish at his studio in Worcester, MA. Finding a
few days that all of us were available was a challenge, but we were able to
carve out a meeting time. Boston is my old stomping grounds. It’s where I
earned a graduate degree from the New England Conservatory.
On November 1 I flew to Boston and stayed with my
brother and his family in nearby Westborough. Zach drove down from his home in
Shelburne, VT. My brother and his family are avid musicians, although they
pursue other fields for their livelihood. They loved hearing us work through the
complex piece at their house!
Shirish is an incredible composer, a wonderful musician, and
a genuinely nice man. He helped clarify musical questions we had and worked
with us on our interpretation and preparation of his piece.
Zach and I can’t wait to rehearse and perform this concerto with
Thanks, Marcia! We can't wait to share the stage with you this weekend!