Gold Medal pianist sitting in
The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, welcomes back pianist and international competition winner Yukiko Sekino for its concert on Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St. (Route 114), North Andover.
Sekino will be performing Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor.” Since making her debut at age 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sekino has appeared around the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School and has a doctoral degree from SUNY Stonybrook. She was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition and also won the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition. She is now the keyboard area leader at UMass Lowell and is on the faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
The orchestra, conducted by George Monseur, will also be performing Verdi’s “Nabucco Overture” and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G minor” in what will be its final concert of the season.
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students, and $5 for ages 4 to 12. Seating is general admission. Visit www.mvpomusic.org for more.
A youthful afternoon of orchestra music
The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will be presenting their Spring Afternoon of Concerts on Sunday, May 5, at Gordon College Chapel in Wenham.
The afternoon will be split into two events — a concert featuring prelude and overture string ensemble, intermezzo orchestra, junior flute choir and flute choir at 2:30 p.m. and a performance featuring the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble and select flute choir at 5 p.m.
Works by NMYO’s local composer-in-residence, Robert Bradshaw, will be performed at both concerts, with the symphony orchestra presenting a world premiere of “Las Aparencias Engañan” during the 5 p.m. show.