Scott Speck, conductor
Jennifer Walvoord, violin
Kelly Karamanov, piano
Alicia Gregorian Sawyers, cello
Friday February 03 at 7:30 pm*
Single tickets: $20, $25, $40, $51
Student tickets: $7
Mikhail Glinka’s Overture Ruslan and Ludmilla is a favorite curtain-raiser for orchestras with a combination of exuberance and heroism that is uniquely Russian. WMS principal musicians Jennifer Walvoord, Alicia Gregorian Sawyers and Kelly Karamanov present Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto. Dvorák’s New World Symphony completes this program.
Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56
Dvorák Symphony no.9 – New World Symphony
Happy Hour on Fri, Feb 3, 6 to 7 pm
Join us at The Block (360 W Western Ave, 2nd floor) to enjoy a light snack and cash bar before the Beethoven Triple concert.
Join us for a FREE Lunch n’ Learn event about Beethoven Triple on Wed, Feb 1, Noon @ The Block.
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Jennifer Walvoord of Holland, MI graduated with her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has Master's degrees in both violin performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's degree in violin performance from Hope College in Holland, MI. Her former teachers include Andrew Jennings, Aaron Berofsky, and Mihai Craioveanu.
Jennifer holds the position of concertmaster with the West Michigan Symphony and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado). She has performed as soloist with the West Michigan Symphony, the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Hope College Orchestra. While at the University of Michigan, Jennifer performed electric violin on the Grammy Award-winning recording of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Jennifer is an active chamber musician, and she performs recitals regularly with her husband, pianist Dr. Andrew Le. Jennifer and Andrew are the Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. She is also Director of Marketing for the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer collaborated with her sister, Martha, on a recording called “American Perspectives” which was recently released on the Centaur Records Label. Jennifer and Andrew live in Holland, MI with their son, Matthew and daughter, Katherine.
Principal piano of the West Michigan Symphony Kelly Estes Karamanov recently relocated from Grand Rapids to Saint Louis, MO where she enjoys an active collaborative piano career. Ms. Karamanov continues to perform frequently with the West Michigan Symphony and with the Grand Rapids Symphony. She performed in Carnegie Hall with the Holland Chorale in 2011, and has appeared in many chamber music recitals at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, and The Block (Muskegon).
A dedicated teacher, Ms. Karamanov maintains a private studio for individual and duo piano lessons, and taught at the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival in Arkansas in 2012 and 2013. She completed Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees in piano performance at Ball State University where she studied with Dr. Raymond Kilburn. She also spent two summers studying with Norman Krieger at the Brevard Music Center. While at Ball State, Ms. Karamanov created a group piano program for adult students in the community, and continues to enjoy teaching students of all ages. Away from the piano, Kelly enjoys swimming, cooking, and exploring her new city with her husband, bassoonist Vincent Karamanov.
ALICIA GREGORIAN SAWYERS
Alicia Gregorian Sawyers is the principal cellist of the West Michigan Symphony. She is a native of East Lansing, MI where she started her musical training from an early age. She received her Masters Degree from New England Conservatory in 2008, studying with Natasha Brofsky and before that, her BM in 2006 from Michigan State University, studying with Suren Bagratuni. A diverse musician, Mrs. Sawyers has performed with famous artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to Stevie Wonder and in 2015 she was invited to be a part of the pilot musicians that created the first music videos for Barrage 8. She has appeared in concert at Jordan Hall, Sanders Theater, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for the Mostly Mozart Festival. Mrs. Sawyers has spent her summers at various music festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival (ME), The Meadowmount School of Music (NY) and The Perlman Music Program (NY). As an orchestral musician, she has had the pleasure to work with many great conductors, including Joseph Silverstein and Hugh Wolf. A passionate chamber musician, she has had the opportunity to work with renowned musicians such as Paul Katz, Roger Tapping and members of the Borromeo and Juilliard String Quartets. She has been a guest performer at the Saugatuck (MI), White Lake (MI) and Four Seasons (NC) Chamber Music Festivals on various occasions. Living in Grand Rapids, MI, Mrs. Sawyers performs with several orchestras throughout the area and around the state. A dedicated teacher, Mrs. Sawyers currently teaches for the String Academy of Grand Rapids and maintains a studio of 20 students. She has been on Faculty at New England Music Camp (ME) and Blue Lake Suzuki Family Camp (MI).