Famous Grieg Concerto A Showcase For Former Stocktonian


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(Stockton, CA)
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

(music)

Peter Jaffe knows that some things don’t need to be explained.

(Jaffe)

This week, the Stockton Symphony will be playing another piece that almost everybody recognizes -- even people who aren’t sure what it’s called.

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That’s Audrey Andrist, playing the opening of the Grieg Piano Concerto -- probably the most famous and dramatic opening of any piano concerto ever written. Like many great pieces of music, the opening is not all that complicated. But Andrist says that doesn’t mean it’s easy to play.

(Audrey)

The opening is just the tip of the iceberg, because this three movement concerto contains some of the loveliest Romantic music for the keyboard every written.

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Andrist is aware that she’s playing one of the big ones.

(Audrey)

It’s also the first time that Jaffe has conducted the Grieg here.

(Jaffe)

Pianist Audrey Andrist performs with the Stockton Symphony this Thursday and Saturday at Atherton Auditorium on the Delta College campus.