Washiyama to Headline Sage City Symphony Concert
On Sunday, February 10, at 4 p.m., Sage City Symphony will present a free concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, Bennington. Conducted by music director Michael Finckel, the program includes three pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84; Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60; and Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50, for violin and orchestra featuring symphony concertmistress Kaori Washiyama.
Washiyama, an instructor in violin, viola and chamber music at Bennington College since 2005, was trained at the Kyoto City University of Art and Music in her native Japan, and pursued further studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She is the founding director of a well-established concert series bearing her name, the Kaori Washiyama Chamber Music Series, which presents musical events annually throughout Japan. She is a core member of In the Music Room, which performs throughout southern California. Other recent American performances, including concert appearances with her partner, Daniel Shulman, have taken place in Boston, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere. She has served as concertmistress of the Kyoto Chamber Orchestra, the Mozart Kammer Orchestra-Osaka, and, since 2011, Sage City Symphony.
Upcoming events in Sage City Symphony’s 2018/19 season include a Youth Concert on March 10; a Jazz Brunch on May 18 with live music by the Leo Yucht Jazz Combo; and a Spring Concert on May 19 with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 and a world premiere of a work by local-boy-made-good Leo Yucht, an up-and-coming jazz percussionist now based in New York City. For more information, visit sagecitysymphony.org.