Cd’A Symphony celebrates 40 years, new conductor

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  • Courtesy photo Jan Pellant, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s new artistic director and conductor.

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    Courtesy photo Former Coeur d’Alene Young Artist winner Felicity James, a featured soloist for the first concert of Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s 40th season, playing the Glazunov Violin Concerto.

  • Courtesy photo Jan Pellant, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s new artistic director and conductor.

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    Courtesy photo Former Coeur d’Alene Young Artist winner Felicity James, a featured soloist for the first concert of Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s 40th season, playing the Glazunov Violin Concerto.

Biographies

Felicity James

Since her debut with the Seattle Symphony at the age of 12, violinist Felicity James has appeared as soloist with many prominent orchestras of the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle Philharmonic, the Spokane Symphony and the Seattle Symphony under the direction of music director Ludovic Morlot.

Previously winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s violin competition, James has competed in numerous international violin competitions including the George Enescu, Tibor Varga, and Leopold Mozart International Violin Competitions. She also served as concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Colburn Orchestra, under James Conlon, Edo De Waart, Ludovic Morlot, and Joshua Weilerstein.

A dedicated chamber musician, James has performed in numerous ensembles at the Aspen, Sarasota, and Verbier Music Festivals, and in concerts by the Colburn Chamber Music and Los Angeles Da Camera Societies. She has had the honor of collaborating in chamber music with Clive Greensmith, Madeline Adkins, Gary Hoffman, and members of the Calidore String Quartet. James has also enjoyed performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 with Ani Kavafian, James Dunham, Steven Doane, and Jeffrey Kahane, and doing an outreach concert with Orli Shaham.

James currently studies with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Music Degree. She also works closely with Arnold Steinhardt and Clive Greensmith.

Jan Pellant

Jan Pellant, Music Director of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra since 2015, has conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Pavel Haas Chamber Orchestra, Vidin Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Bethel Park Orchestra, Orchestra Enigmatic as well as orchestras in Thailand, Japan and the United States. He has led performances with the Pilsen Opera and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and in 2007, he led the Prague Karlin Theater Orchestra on an 11-city tour of Romania. The following year, he led the Berlin Newklassiker Symphony Orchestra on a New Year’s concert tour of China, and the Czech Youth Symphony Orchestra on a tour of France, performing Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

A native of the Czech Republic, Jan Pellant studied at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, and he holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University. He has served on the faculty of the International Conservatory in Prague as conducting instructor and is the Artistic Director of Summer Music Nights at the Bohemian Forest. Jan Pellant is a DMA candidate in orchestra conducting at the University of Kentucky (ABD), where he studied with John Nardolillo and served as a teaching assistant there.

The first concert of Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s 40th season will feature the symphony’s new artistic director and conductor Jan Pellant.

The season premier will be performed Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road.

The first concert, entitled “Nineteenth Century Grandeur,” will open with Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia,” a concert favorite depicting an interaction of Russians and Asians in the steppe lands of the Caucasus. The opening theme, representing the Russians, is followed by an ornamented eastern melody which is the Asians. Throughout is a traveling theme.

Next up, a former Coeur d’Alene Young Artist winner, Felicity James, will be featured. James will play the virtuosic Glazunov Violin Concerto. She has appeared as soloist with many other prominent orchestras of the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle Philharmonic, the Spokane Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. She currently studies with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree.

The final piece of this concert will be Brahms Symphony No 1.

Concert-goers are invited to attend a brief concert lecture by Jan Pellant that will begin at the Kroc Center 45 minutes before the concert.

Season tickets are available for the new season. All concerts are at the Kroc Center.

Other concerts this season include:

“Holiday Joy from Scandinavia” — Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

The symphony will be joined by Chorale Coeur d’Alene for selections from the “Messiah” and some other holiday favorites, as well as Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.

“Classical Family Fun: Bolero and More!” — Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.

The symphony will join with the North Idaho Youth Symphony as they play side-by-side selections from Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” and Ravel’s “Bolero.” Beeson’s “Prometheus Rapture” will feature the symphony’s own Chris Grant on snare drum. Winners of the Youth Melody Contest (all students up to grade 6 from Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone counties are eligible to enter) will be featured. Melodies are due in the symphony office, 2775 N. Howard St., Suite No. 2, Coeur d’Alene, by Oct. 12. Visit www.cdasymphony.org for details.

“Discovering Prodigies with Young Artists” — Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday March 9 at 2 p.m.

This concert features the winners of the symphony’s National Young Artist’s Competition, brilliant performers from all over the globe.

“Sounds of Magic” — Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

The season finale features the symphony’s Sheila McCallum on alto saxophone playing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto, as well as Dukas’ “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

Season Tickets (five subscription concerts) are available through Oct. 7.

$90 adults, $67.50 seniors (65-plus), $45 Youth & Students w/ID

Tickets are available from the Symphony Office (208-765-3833) or online at www.cdasymphony.org

For further information, call the office at 208-765-3833 (office hours are M-Th 10-12).

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