3Bs Piano Concert, feature Bach's music written for three pianos

  • Diana Wortham Theatre

  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $36
  • Contact: Bob Tavernier
  • Phone: (828) 707-2604
  • Email: BobTav@Gate.net

In a rare and daring concert that will faithfully recreate the music of the Baroque period, regional musicians will perform two works by J.S. Bach that he wrote for three keyboards. The “3Bs” concert will feature pianists Jessie Davis, Christopher Tavernier, and Vance Reese accompanied by the Hendersonville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor Thomas Joiner. The concert set for Saturday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. will be performed at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville. “For many people this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Joiner said. “It is very rare to hear these three-piano concertos live. It is even more rare to hear them played on custom-made pianos tuned as pianos were tuned during the Baroque and Classical periods. It can be a very different sound from what we are accustomed to hearing in today’s concert halls. Concertgoers will hear this music as it was originally intended to be heard. This will be very important concert on a global scale.” Two of Bach’s works — Concerto in D minor, BWV 1063 and Concerto in C major, BWV 1064 — will be performed during the evening. They are part of a seven-concerto work originally written for the harpsichord, employing a single, two, three, and even four harpsichords, along with chamber accompaniment. The harpsichord was the keyboard instrument of the era, as the modern-day piano had yet to be invented. Music scholars believe these are among the first concertos for a keyboard instrument ever written. The concert’s prelude will feature the Hendersonville Symphony Chamber Orchestra performing 16 Brahms Waltzes, OP. 39” (Arr. Thierot). It will be followed by Bach’s "Concerto for 3 Pianos in D Minor."Starting the second half of the evening, 16-year-old pianist Christopher Tavernier of Hendersonville will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op.53,” known as the “Waldstein.” Completed in 1804, this sonata surpasses Beethoven's previous piano sonatas in its scope and sets a standard for piano composition in the grand manner. Dedicated to Beethoven’s close friend and patron Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein of Vienna, it is one of Beethoven's greatest and most technically challenging piano sonatas. The first section of the Rondo requires a simultaneous pedal trill, high melody and rapid left-hand runs, while its coda's glissando octaves, written in dialogue between the hands, compel even advanced performers to play in a simplified version since it is more demanding to play on the heavier action of a modern piano than on an early 19th-century instrument.The program will close with Bach’s "Concerto for 3 Pianos in C Major.""This concert event will be a rare opportunity to hear two of Bach's 3-piano concerti, performed by outstanding pianists including young Christopher Tavernier, who at 16 is making quite an impact in the artistic community,” Pat Tukey, Executive Director of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, said. “The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is doubly pleased at being asked to provide a 20-member chamber ensemble, under the direction of Thomas Joiner, to perform with the pianists and to also be the beneficiary of proceeds from this concert's ticket sales. We greatly appreciate the support of the Music Foundation of WNC in helping us all to advance the opportunities for live music performances throughout the area."This 3Bs concert, which stands for Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven, is a partnership celebration of the musical talent in Hendersonville and the surrounding area, said Joann Freeburg, Founder of the Music Foundation of Western North Carolina. It is the non-profit’s Fifth Annual World Masterwork Series Benefit Concert, supporting the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. "On behalf of the Music Foundation of Western North Carolina, we are certainly supportive of all music in this region. We believe music is one of the greatest assets of Western North Carolina, and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is a leader in this community, providing world-class performances and contributing to the music education of our young people. The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is well respected by its peers and the community, and the Foundation is here to help anyway it can. By supporting the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, we are all ensuring that quality musical performances and education will continue, greatly enhancing the quality of life for everyone. "We were looking for something extra special, something unusual, something that would excite not just classical music lovers but music lovers in general,” Freeburg, said. “Through many conversations with leading musicians and some very in-the-know citizens, we realized we had the materials for a concert that would feature three pianos at the same time. Understand, this music was written by Bach during the Baroque period, and it was considered then -- and now -- to be rare, extraordinary, and technically challenging. This community has a track record of enjoying Baroque music, and plus, we have some of the most talented pianists in the world right here. Further, we had access to some of the finest pianos in the world that would be tuned in accordance to the standards that the music was written for. Having Perzina pianos on-board and the tuning expertise of Keith Freeburg gave us all that much more confidence. We knew it would be a daunting task on many levels to pull off such a concert, but everyone we consulted had the confidence in the musical talent to make it happen. We are stepping up to the plate to do something that is very seldomly done anywhere in the world."Adding to the uniqueness of the occasion, Freeburg Pianos in Hendersonville will provide three limited-special-edition and matching Perzina Grand Pianos that will be manufactured and imported from Amsterdam. These instruments will allow for the re-creation of music composed in the Baroque and Classical periods as it was originally intended to be performed and heard. These pianos will be tuned to the "Equal-Beating Victorian Temperament," a tuning method that was preferred in Europe during the 1800s and by many classical performers today. The resulting sound to both the trained and untrained ear is often described as "more vibrant" than standard tuning used most commonly today. North Carolina-native Jesse Davis, 40, performs with a bravura and technical mastery that brings audiences to their feet around the world. As a soloist, he appears with orchestras and gives numerous recitals in the United States and Europe. He is the winner of the 2001 Vienna International Pianists Academy, the 1998 Greensboro Music Teachers Association, the 1995 NCSA "A. J. Fletcher Competition," the 1995 Raleigh Symphony Concerto Competition, the 1995 N.C. MTNA Competition, and 1993 Tar River Symphony Concerto Competition. He won 3rd Prize at the First International Piano Competition Sant’Agata Li Battiati, Italy and a Semifinalist Prize at the 2004 New Orleans International Piano Competition and the Concert Artist Guild in New York.Davis has concertized with top-tier orchestras, including the Dnipropetrovs’k Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev Symphony, Berlin RIAS Youth Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Craiova Orchestra de Opera of Romania, Raleigh Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony and televised “live” with Lugansk State Philharmonic Orchestra. He debuted with the Tar River Philharmonic at age sixteen and has performed the Mozart Triple Piano Concerto with his wife Leslie and the Snyder Symphony. Davis studied privately for several years with Maestro Fabio Bidini. He received the “International Certificate for Piano Artists 2003-2004” under instruction from Jerome Lowenthal, Boaz Sharon, Nelson Delle-Vigne, Philippe Entremont and Lazar Berman. He earned a MM degree from Baylor in the studio of Krassimira Jordan. Davis received a BM from UNCSA in 1999 as a student of Clifton Matthews. Earlier teachers were Dr. Charles Bath of East Carolina University, Daniel and Jayne Ericourt of Greensboro and UNCG and Edith Bond of Washington, NC. Davis has solo appearances in famous venues from Paris to Moscow, including “Salle Cortot,” Villa Betramka and Svetlanov Hall, and concert halls from San Jose to New York's Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium.) Jesse is the music director of the First Baptist Church of Pinehurst and teaches privately all levels of talent. He has given an annual masterclass near Catania, Sicily for the most gifted Italian young artists in the region of Mount Etna on invitation of Maestro Epifanio Comis of the Bellini Conservatory. He resides with his wife, two sons and daughter in Fayetteville, NC.Dr. Vance Reese has been a collaborative pianist since he first accompanied his friends in his 8th grade year. His primary piano teacher was Lois Goeltz of Knoxville, a teacher of the Pace Method, which encouraged improvisation, theory and sight-reading. Consequently, he went on to develop a career not in solo playing, but accompaniment, and has been in high demand as an accompanist for opera, musicals, church and temple services, choral concerts, and instrumental performances. He started organ studies at the same time as his beginnings as an accompanist, which has led to completing three degrees in organ playing, each degree being heavily supplemented by additional work as a collaborative pianist. He has played for performing groups and artists in the Knoxville, Dallas, Nashville, and Bloomington, IN, and in summer stock at Wildacres Flute Retreat (Little Switzerland, NC), and Crested Butte, and Steamboat Springs, CO.In the WNC area, Dr. Reese has had a long-time association with Christ School as chapel organist, with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra as co-principal double bassist; Asheville Lyric Opera in various capacities, and area colleges as an accompanist and teacher. Currently he is on the faculty of the Brevard College music department. Over his nearly 20 years in this region, he has served as organist and choir director in various churches and at Congregation Beth Ha Tephila, Asheville, where he has been the chief cantor for the High Holidays since 2013. You may have also seen him as music director/pianist for various musical theater/opera productions and choral groups. He earned his doctorate in music at Indiana University under teachers Larry Smith and Marilyn Keiser. He lives in Westwood Cohousing Community with his wife, Jean, and son, Jonathan.Tavernier made his orchestral debut with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 13, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on the opening night of the Orchestra’s Fall 2013 Season in Rocky Mount, NC. He began his piano studies at the age of six, and now at 16 he has won several competitions, including the 2012 Appalachian Classical Music Association’s Young Artist’s Competition in Johnson City, TN; the 2014 junior division of the Charlotte Symphony’s Concerto Competition; the Concerto Competition of the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta, GA; and both the Asheville Symphony and Hendersonville Symphony Young Artist Competition. Additionally, he placed second in the National Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition in Kingsport, TN: He was the youngest performer in the history of the competition, which admits contestants up to the age of 25. He performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. His repertoire includes concertos by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. He maintains a broad solo repertoire, including many works by his favorite composer, Franz Liszt. In addition, he has in his repertoire Liszt’s two operatic paraphrases for two pianos. Tavernier’s pianistic lineage and training extends from Liszt through his teacher, John Cobb, who studied with Claudio Arrau, and whose teacher was a pupil of Franz Liszt. For four three seasons Tavernier and Cobb have played at fundraising concerts to benefit Asheville’s Mission Foundation “Ladies Night Out,” a program that supports the early detection of breast cancer. In 2014, he performed, on both piano and harpsichord, the Bach Triple Concerto, BWV 1044, with the Rutherford Chamber Consort, a professional chamber music ensemble headquartered in Western North Carolina. He has been featured on ABC affiliate television station WLOS, and has performed on Carolina Live NPR radio and WCQS, Asheville, NC. He is the first International Perzina Artist in the company’s 145 year history. For more information about the 3Bs concert, please visit the World Masterwork Series website at worldmasterworkseries.com.#