UTC Music Department presents the UTC Orchestra, featuring
Salome Jordania, Piano
Giorgi Jordania, Conductor
Jooyong Ahn, Director
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center
Press Release Date: February 21, 2013
The UTC Music Department is delighted to present the UTC Orchestra, directed by Jooyong Ahn, featuring Salome Jordania, Guest Pianist, and Giorgi Jordania, Guest Conductor. The performance will take place in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St., Chattanooga on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The program features Franz Schubert’s Symphony in B minor, commonly known as Unfinished Symphony and, Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor. The performance is presented free of charge and open to the general public.
Franz Schubert started composing his Unfinished Symphony in 1822. Different from many other unfinished works, it not cut short by the composer’s death as the composer lived another six years after completing two movements and sketching a third of his B-minor Symphony. It is tempting to speculate why he would have abandoned the project, as it was certainly his most ambitious symphony to date, but it demonstrates the composer’s highly developed skills as a songwriter, Robert Schumann’s famous romantic concerto, Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 was completed in 1845. It premiered in Leipzig in 1846, with Clara played the solo part and Ferdinand Hiller, the work's dedicatee, conducted.
Giorgi Jordania is the General and Artistic Director of Tbilisi State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. An alumnus of UTC, he completed his Masters under the tutelage of renowned conductor Vakhtang Jordania while working as assistant conductor. His professional American debut was with the Chattanooga Symphony. Since then, he has conducted numerous symphony concerts and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Kharkov State Academic Theatre as well as Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. Jordania has performed world-wide with many renowned performers and has received numerous awards. He was also Chief Conductor of the Georgian State Chamber Orchestra during 1999-2003. His accolades include Laureate of the First Prize and the winner of the Grand-Prix of the "New Millennium first International Competition of Conductors" and Laureate of the prestigious "State Prize of Georgia", both in 2001. He has been regularly invited to various competitions since 2002 and has served as jury member of the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition. He also founded another festival, in 2008, the Tbilisi Easter Art festival and became its Artistic Director and General Manager.
Salome Jordania started her music education in 2003 at Art Gymnasium, named after A. Virsaladze, in the class of her teacher Nata Natsvlishvili and very quickly started actively participating in every concert arranged by the school both with the symphony and as a soloist. She has performed extensively world-wide and has received numerous accolades for her performance including, Laureate of the Young Pianist’s Chopin International Competition in Tbilisi. She has received several invitations for concerts and master classes in Italy, Switzerland and Poland, where she was invited to play on Chopin’s personal piano in a special Jubilee Concert. Though young, her accomplishments have been so great that the Mayor of Tbilisi bestowed upon her the title of “Cultural Ambassador of Georgia”. Most recently, she was invited to Moscow and to Erevan, Armania to participate in a music festival arranged by the First Lady, where she played 2 recitals and a concert with the Armenian National Symphony Orchestra.
If you require additional information regarding this or any other UTC Music Dept. performance, please contact the Music office at 423-425-4601 or see the Music Dept. website at http://utc.edu/music.