Norwalk Symphony to play ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ with youth orchestra
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, playing side-by-side with the Norwalk Youth Symphony’s Principal Orchestra, will perform “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” by Paul Dukas, in its “Music for All Ages Concert: Melody and Magic” concert on Sunday March 22.
Another highlight of the afternoon will be young piano virtuoso Avery Duer, this year’s winner of the eighth annual Young Artists Concerto Competition, performing the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with full orchestra, under the baton of Jonathan Yates.
Finally, in honor of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the audience will hear the composer’s First Symphony and Egmont Overture, with Norwalk Symphony member Christopher McCormack as guest conductor for the Egmont Overture.
Pianist Duer, a Greens Farms Academy senior and Vassar College bound, has garnered numerous awards in recent years. In 2018, she won First Place in the Connecticut Bach Festival, Second Place in the Senior Chopin Award at the Schubert Club Competition of Fairfield County and Second Place at the Chappaqua Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2017, she won “Most Outstanding Performance” at the Annual CSMTA Deborah Kahan Competition. That same year, she performed at the Vianden International Festival in Luxembourg.
NSO violist McCormack studied conducting at Yale, The Eastman School and at the Aspen Music Festival. In addition, he holds a JD Degree from Fordham University and practices Environmental Law with Pullman & Comley in Westport. He also serves as the Norwalk Symphony’s Board Vice President and on various Board committees.
Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum for Children will be facilitating a “magical” craft project before the show and during intermission.
There also will be a collection of food and personal care products for The Pantry@NCC for students attending Norwalk Community College.