"A MOSAIC OF COMPOSITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD...FUN AND WHIMSICAL... CELTIC/MARITIME FIDDLING, A TAPESTRY OF JIGS AND AN ELEGANTLY ROMANTIC INTERLUDE" - REGINA LEADER-POST
- Music from around the world for violin and orchestra featuring: Stephen Sitarski (violin), with Charles Cozens (conductor/arranger)-
Stringendo is a compelling presentation of evocative music from around the world scored for violin and orchestra, featuring Canadian violinist Stephen Sitarski. From Sarasate's Romanza Andaluza to Homage a Piazzolla and Morricone's Cinema Paradiso to Cozens' Celtic Fantasia, Stringendo caresses a broad range of repertoire in an engaging and entertaining program that encompasses music from Russia to Argentina to Hollywood, along with Hungarian and Jewish harmonies and rhythms.
Recently named in 2012, the Concertmaster of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen holds the same position with the Esprit Orchestra (Toronto), and held the same position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) for 15 seasons (1997 – 2012). During his tenure in K-W, Mr. Sitarski became Artistic Director of the KWS Baroque and Beyond.
Stephen has also been guest concertmaster across Canada and the United States, working with many distinguished conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Philippe Entremont, Raymond Leppard, Bramwell Tovey, and James Judd. He has served as Associate Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and was guest concertmaster and featured soloist with the National Ballet Orchestra for Eugene Onegin and Russian Seasons in March 2011.
Stephen frequently appears as soloist with many concertos in the standard repertoire as well as concertos written especially for him by Canadian composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy (Blood Upon the Body, Ice Upon the Soul, 2006 premiere with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony) and Glenn Buhr (Violin Concerto, 2000 premiere with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony). Stephen is a founding member of Trio Laurier, formed in 2007 with cellist Paul Pulford and pianist Leslie De’Ath, and is a regular participant in diverse chamber groups and festival events nationally and internationally with many of Canada’s finest musicians. He is also a frequent performer with Toronto’s acclaimed the Art of Time Ensemble and Soundstreams, with which Stephen completed a tour in May 2012 to Taiwan and China, performing works by Tan Dun and R. Murray Schafer.
Stephen was just awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, a nomination submitted by the National Youth Orchestra, where he is a faculty member. Stephen is also on the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a frequent mentor for Hamilton’s National Academy Orchestra. He has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, was an instructor at the University of Manitoba, and has maintained an active private studio.
“FRIDAY’S PERFORMANCE REINFORCED THE MARVELLOUS TALENT OF VIOLINIST STEPHEN SITARSKI, ALTERNATING HIS PURE SWEETNESS OF TONE – LOVELY, SUPPLE AND DELICIOUSLY SWEET- WITH THE MORE STEELY AND MUSCULAR DEMANDS OF RAPID ARPEGGIOS, CADENZAS, AND ORCHESTRAL LEAD.” -KITCHENER RECORD
AMERICA: Overture to Candide (Bernstein)
SPAIN: Romanza Andaluza (Sarasate Arr. by Cozens)
ISRAEL: Baal Shem 3: Simchas Torah (Bloch) Czardahora (Cozens)
RUSSIA: Polovtsian Dance No. 8 (Borodin) The Tale of Tsar Sultan (Rimsky- Korsakov)
FRANCE: The Summer Knows (Legrand arr.by Cozens)
ITALY: Cinema Paradiso (Morricone arr. by Cozens)
POLAND: Scherzo Tarentelle (Wieniawski arr.by Cozens)
CANADA: Celtic Fantasia (Cozens)
ARGENTINA: Homage a Piazzolla (Piazzolla arr. by Cozens)
• Tanti Anna Prima
• Milonga en Re
ROMANIA: Rondo alla Zingarese (Brahms) Zigeunerweisen (Sarasate)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 2 hours with intermission or 90 minutes without intermission.
© 2012 Charles T. Cozens Music Ltd.
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