Powerful classical musicians from three continents performed some of the best chamber music ever sponsored by the Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Those who missed the “Profile of Symphonic Sounds, an Evening of Chamber Music” on Oct. 20 can hear it at home in about 10 days here in the Valley. It will be televised in full, free. Check Channel 12 or phone 681-1200 for times it will be on the air.
Given prolonged ovations at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen Oct. 20 was the Valley’s own Diana Seitz, violinist from the strings faculty at the University of Texas-Pan American. She has performed in Europe, Russia and the U.S. She serves as an associate concertmaster of the Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Seitz earned a prolonged ovation playing Tchaikovsky’s Opus 42, a solo so poignant the near-overflow crowd hushed instead of coughing. This reviewer is eager to see and hear this chamber music again on TV. This trio of soloists made the audience sound like real artists who have mastered a solo that they love. (This is proof of the Valley’s growing appreciation of classical music.)
Two other seasoned international performers shared the feast of ovations after their highly professional solos, as well.
Tomasz Zeiba from Poland became a cellist starting at age seven, learned his demanding specialty in his native, music-loving country, then moved to America to give it more widely appreciated musical talent. (For newcomers to the Valley, Maestro Peter Dabrowski, the music director and conductor of the Valley Symphony, is also a native of Poland, who became an American after his distinguished career in Europe, America and Texas.)
Zeiba carries the tools of a cellist with authority. His intense “Le grand tango for cello and piano” by Piazzolla knocked the equivalent of an American home run. Surrounded by 100 painted and pictured unusual birds, in the museum’s most spacious gallery, he earned immediate standing ovations for his masterful performance.
The youthful Pole’s photo on the program showed a partially-beared young man. At the chamber music concert, he looked like a clean-shaven American. Perhaps he will follow other great Poles who moved to America.
Pianist Dr. Haysun Kan, a native of Korea, also sparkled into well-earned standing ovations for her own two solos, Chopin’s “Sherzo No. 1 in B Minor” and Smetana’s “Piano Trio in G Minor.” She accompanied the other two musicians with distinction. She has found a home in America and has many honors.
As a current member of the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago, she serves as head of the piano program. She has performed twice at the University of Texas-Pan American and five times at the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. She also gained honors in Poland, noted by a critic for “her immaculate technique and flawless dexterity” at the grand piano.
Enough of mere words! Try to find her on Channel 12 soon. This really IS one of the best chamber music concerts ever heard in McAllen, or the Valley. You won’t regret the time it takes to find it on the TV.