WEST HARTFORD — The Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra will feature Farmington High School senior Lillian Yim as cello soloist in a performance of the “Cello Concerto in E Minor” by Edward Elgar, Saturday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m., at the University of St Joseph’s Hoffman Auditorium, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford. It will mark her second appearance with the FVSO, according to a release by FVSO.
Lillian has served as principal cellist of the Connecticut Youth Orchestra, the Tanglewood Young Artists Orchestra and the Curtis Summerfest Orchestra, and she has won top prizes from the Hartford Music Teachers Alliance, the Musical Club of Hartford, the CT-ASTA competition and the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra.
The program of “British Favorites,” to be conducted by Music Director John Brennand, will also present the FVSO’s Concert Master Michael Winer as violin soloist in “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Winer, who grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High School, is a freelance musician and educator in West Hartford, where he maintains an extensive private studio. He serves as strings specialist with the Glastonbury Public Schools and also teaches at the Farmington Summer Suzuki Academy.
Mendelssohn’s Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open the concert, illustrating the profound influence of the works of British Playwright William Shakespeare on the music of 19th Century European composers. The Overture to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” will be offered as a popular example of their many collaborations that produced more than a dozen mirthful operettas satirizing many aspects of English government, bureaucracy, authority and behavior in the late 19th Century.
Tickets at $18 for adults can be purchased in advance at www.fvso.org. All ticket purchases at the door will be $20. Children and young people age 17 and younger are free. More information is available on the web site or by calling 800-975-FVSO.