Orchestra of Indian Hill wraps up its season featuring some of Indian Hill’s best on Saturday, April 22! The program features Ginastera (Variaciones Concertantes), Tchaikovsky (Capriccio Italien), and Vivaldi’s classic Four Seasons with soloist Alice Hallstrom, OIH concertmaster. Indian Hill Music School 2017 Concerto Competition winner Justin Gu, 15, will also take the stage to perform the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2: Mvt I.
Alice Hallstrom has served as concertmaster of the Orchestra of Indian Hill for the past five seasons, and is an active performer in the Boston area where she plays frequently with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. She has also served as assistant concertmaster of the Portland Symphony and assistant concertmaster of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. As a featured solo performer, she has played concerti with the Southwest Symphony, Juilliard Baroque Ensemble, Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee. She has recorded with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, BMOP, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Chamber Music Atlanta, Train, Ephraim’s Harp, and The Cartoon Network. Alice received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of music from SUNY Purchase. She lives in Bedford, MA with her husband Michael and son Spencer. She took a minute to give us her take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Vivaldi put many interesting nature sounds, programmatic elements, and visual images in these pieces. It has been a lot of fun to explore ways to bring these out and really create an auditory picture with the violin. Some of the musical decisions I have made for this performance will be different from past performances that the audience may be familiar with, but I hope that they will serve to highlight the effects that Vivaldi was creating through his music and the poems that he included in the score. In my work on these concerti, I did a lot of thinking about how best to emphasize the sound effects, characters, and stories that are interspersed throughout each season.