LSO: Beethoven and the movies

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Anna Binneweg, Music Director/Conductor of the LSO

Anna Binneweg, Music Director/Conductor of the LSO

The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra will present “Movie Music Live: The Sequel” with music from the movies of Superman, Star Trek, James Bond and others at Riva Trace Baptist Church in Davidsonville on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 PM. Also on the program is Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 played by renowned local pianist, Dr. William Bloomquist.

Originally scheduled as a Pops Concert to end the successful 2015-2016 season of the LSO, the concerto has been added because it was on the program of the January concert that was cancelled due to the extraordinary amount of snow the area received that weekend. Patrons and orchestra members alike were so disappointed in the cancellation that it has been rescheduled for this concert. And the interpretation of the second movement by Dr. Bloomquist is worth the price of any admission.

Anna Binneweg, the Music Director/Conductor of the LSO, has scheduled A Hollywood Salute by Robert Wendel, The Best of Bond by John Barry, Superman: A Symphonic Suite by John Williams, and Star Trek Through the Years by Custer Calvin.

William Bloomquist

William Bloomquist

American pianist William Bloomquist has performed in many of the nation’s major concert halls including the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall and New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall. His international touring has included Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. The Washington Post has described his playing as “sparkling,” “breathtaking,” and “demonstrating an exquisite sense of vocal phrasing.” The Post review of his recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. mentioned his “deft musicianship and enormous technical prowess…..resulted in a cheering standing ovation.” A versatile chamber musician, Dr. Bloomquist’s collaborations have included cellists Bernard Greenhouse, Leslie Parnas, saxophonist Gary Louie, and clarinetist Charles Stier, with whom he recorded two CDs, which include works by Brahms, Reger and Weber.

William Bloomquist won first prizes in the National Symphony Collegiate Artists Competition and the Shreveport Symphony’s Wideman Competition. He was also a prize winner in the New Orleans International Piano Competition and semifinalist in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. He has been a staff accompanist for the Wideman Competition for many years.

William Bloomquist is also the Worship Pastor at Riva Trace Baptist Church in Davidsonville, Maryland. He is also on the board of the Anne Arundel County Music Teachers Association and maintains a private teaching studio.

Anna Binneweg is the winner of this year’s Annie Award for the Performing Arts presented by the Anne Arundel County Arts Council. She is an Associate Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community college where she teaches conducting and music theory. She directs the AACC Symphony Orchestra and the college’s operas, and is also a backup conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC.

The LSO is central Maryland’s community orchestra made up of local professionals, teachers, military musicians, exceptional amateurs and students. They play for the love of making high-quality music for themselves and for their listeners.

Tickets are available at www.lso-music.org, at (410) 562-8920 or at the door. Students are always FREE, General Admission tickets are $20 and Seniors are $15. For more information about the LSO visit lso-music.org.

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