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OCS to Perform Favorites by Bizet and Ravel

Ravel and Bizet

By Release, 2013-01-23
The Orange County Symphony (OCS), joined by pianist Minji Noh, will present the fifth concert of its subscription season on Sunday, February 10, offering favorite works by George Bizet and Maurice Ravel.

The concert will feature Bizet’s Carmen Suites Nos. 1 and 2, which bring together some of the best-known pieces from the beloved opera, including the Song of the Toreadors, Carmen’s Habañera, and the Danse Bohème. With their crowd-pleasing melodies, infectious rhythms, and rousing orchestration, the Carmen suites never fail to thrill and delight.

After last January’s acclaimed performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the OCS, pianist Minji Noh returns this season to play Ravel’s remarkable Piano Concerto in G. Written three years after a concert tour of the United States in which Ravel heard, and was deeply affected by, Gershwin’s performance of his Rhapsody in Blue, the sparkling first and third movements of the concerto are highly inflected by jazz, as well as a uniquely Parisian energy. The second movement, on the other hand, features one of the most simple, beautiful melodies Ravel ever composed.

Full program HERE, on the OCS website.

David Rentz and Minji Noh at a 2012 concert

Praised as a “superb pianist” by the Boston Globe, Minji Noh is active as a soloist and a chamber musician. She started her piano career at age nine as a soloist with the Baroque Symphony in South Korea and subsequently appeared with others including Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, State Academic Orchestra of Ukraine, Orange County Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, and Bellflower Symphony. Ms. Noh has won numerous awards in piano performance including first place awards at the Long Beach Mozart Festival, the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, the CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers) Bartok Festival Statewide, and the MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California) Concerto Competition and was chosen as the Top Scholarship recipient in year 2000 by the Young Musicians Foundation.

Founded in 1985, the Orange County Symphony is a regional semi-professional orchestra serving a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million people. The OCS is honored to be part of the Anaheim community and in July, 2011 was designated as the Resident Symphony Orchestra for the City of Anaheim. The orchestra is led by Dr. David Rentz, an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, who currently serves on the faculties of the music departments of Pomona and Scripps Colleges, and is the choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside.

You may make reservations online on the OCS website.

For booking, interviews and complimentary tickets for reviews, please contact:

Dorothy Rose - (714) 778-0314
By email here



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