Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra to Perform Signature Concert 2: “Energized, Uncertain and Triumphant”


The award-winning Fort Collins Symphony (FCS), under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney, will perform a concert of classical, romantic and contemporary music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Fort Collins Lincoln Center. . The Signature Concert of Symphony 2–Energized, uncertain and triumphant– features three composers who explore an assortment of emotions ranging from despair to euphoria. Contemporary composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson challenges us with uncertainty in his interpretation of Carl Sandburg’s metaphorical poem, Grass. Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn’s exuberant exuberance in Piano Concerto No. 1 was quickly composed after a memorable trip to Italy. Finally, Ludwig van Beethoven creatively woven elements from the Classical, Baroque and Romantic eras. His Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” (Heroic) explores the emotional landscapes of war with its complexities of helplessness, sorrow, tenderness and triumph. Today, “Heroic” is one of Beethoven’s most famous works. Internationally renowned pianist Bryan Wallick joins FCS as a guest artist for the concert.

In honor of Veterans Day, special $ 10 in-person, streaming and / or webcast tickets are available for veterans and serving military personnel. Please call the Lincoln Center box office for ticket details and purchase at 970-221-6730.

Guest artist Bryan Wallick, gold medalist of the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, Ukraine, is an internationally renowned pianist. He and his colleagues Frank Stadler and Peter Martens won the kykNET Award for Best Classical Achievement at the South Africa 2021 Fiëstas for their performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Wallick made his New York recital debut in 1998 at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and his recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London in 2003. He has performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with the London Sinfonietta and at church St. Martin-in-the-Fields. with the London Solist’s Chamber Orchestra, has given solo recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Colorado State University, Grand Teton Music Festival, University of Texas at El Paso, Scottsdale Center in Arizona, as well as than in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In addition, Wallick has performed as a concerto soloist with the Memphis Symphony, Johannesburg Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Portland Symphony, and Winston-Salem Symphony. He studied with Jerome Lowenthal in New York City where he was the first graduate of The Juilliard School to receive both an Honors BA (2000) and an Accelerated Masters (2001). He studied with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received the International Associated Board Fellowship and graduated with Honors. Wallick is an assistant professor of piano at Colorado State University.

For concert educational information, please: Visit for concert program notes by Dr. Dawn Grapes and Dr. William E. Runyan. To free. Tune in to Maestro Kenney’s World of symphonic music at 7 p.m. Sunday at KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins 88.9 FM. To free. Attend composer Dr. Dawn Grapes’ talk via Zoom at noon on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Zoom: 883 8023 7467 (Meeting ID), 800887 (Access Code). To free. Join the FCS for the open rehearsal in person at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Lincoln Center. To free. (Masks required). Listen to Maestro’s Musings in person or live at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Lincoln Center (with the purchase of a concert ticket). Masks are mandatory for the event with n people.

With the increase in COVID-19 cases, we strongly urge those who attend concerts to be fully immunized. In accordance with the Larimer County Mask Mandate, the FCS requires all members of the public, musicians and staff, including those who are fully vaccinated, to wear masks indoors. (properly covering mouth and nose) anytime when attending Symphony events. Masks will be provided to those who arrive without them. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask or feel unwell on the day of the concert, please do not attend an FCS performance in person. Live broadcasts and webcasts of the concerts are available through the Lincoln Center box office:

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