Pianist Shigeo Neriki takes the stage at the next Bryan Symphony Orchestra concert as guest soloist for Beethoven's "Piano Concerto no. 4 in G."
For a preview of the event, members of the BSO's Cumberland County audience are invited to a luncheon beginning at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Palace Theater on Main Street in Crossville.
Cost for the preview luncheon is $10 at the door, and reservations can be made by calling 931-484-6133 by Monday, Nov. 10.
BSO Music Director Dan Allcott leads the preview luncheons. Accompanying him in November is a newcomer to the BSOA: its new interim executive director, Susan Luna. With a master's degree in public administration from the College of Charleston and post-graduate experience with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Luna brings new leadership tools to the organization.
"With a combination of training and industry experience, Susan is an executive director for the 21st century," says Allcott.
The upcoming BSO performance begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium. Tickets are $36 for adults and $30 for seniors 65 and up. Call 931-525-2633 for reservations. The concert is sponsored by Albert and Rosemary Ponte and Center of Vision, Dr. Jason Clopton, with season support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Guest artist Shigeo Neriki has performed on tours spanning four continents. A member of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he's a first-place winner of the Southwest Pianist Foundation Competition, Three Rivers Piano Competition in Pittsburgh and was named best accompanist at the Fifth International Tchaikovsky Competition. He's recorded with, among others, Columbia Records.
The BSO's Nov. 16 program also includes Britten's "Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell." On Nov. 17, the BSO will give its annual free education concerts for 4th grade students in Putnam and Warren counties, thanks to sponsors Albert and Rosemary Ponte and support from the Rotary Club of McMinnville.
The only professional Tennessee symphony outside a metropolitan area in the state, the BSO gives its subscription and education performances in Wattenbarger Auditorium, the concert hall of TTU’s Bryan Fine Arts Building, located at 1150 N. Dixie Ave., in Cookeville. Learn more at www.bryansymphony.org.