The Louisiana Sinfonietta will take on a decidedly international flavor for its concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on Dalrymple Drive.
Diverse instrumental soloists originally from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Brazil and Mexico will join with the chamber orchestra to present classical music from Germany, Italy and Greece in a lively program.
Two concertos by Johan Sebastian Bach will start each half of the concert: the Concerto for Oboe and Violin, with oboist Kostas Tiliakos and violinist Yova Milanova, and the “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor” with pianist Michael Gurt. Italian Baroque composer Giuseppe Torelli’s “Concerto for Two Violins,” featuring violinists Deborah Ribeiro and Perla Fernandez also will be performed.
Interspersed between these concertos from the Baroque period will be three contemporary pieces by the Sinfonietta’s Maestro, Dinos Constantinides. “Threnos (Lament) of Creon,” for English Horn and string orchestra, (taken from the opera “Antigone”) will be played by soloist Tiliakos. Flutist Hristina Blagoeva will perform the composer’s “Storytelling,” and pianist Angela Draghicescu will end the program with the world premiere of Constantinides’ “Encore” for piano and string orchestra.
After garnering many honors in his native Greece, Tiliakos is currently associate professor of oboe at the University of Wisconsin. Violinists Ribeiro, of Brazil, and Fernandez, of Mexico, are both doctoral candidates at LSU.
LSU alumnae flutist Blagoeva, of Bulgaria, and pianist Draghicescu, of Romania, are both pursuing successful performing and teaching careers in New York City, Washington state and various other venues here and abroad.
Tickets are available at the door and are $15; $5 for students.
For more information, call (225) 766-3487 or (225) 578-4010 or visit louisianasinfonietta.org.