Boston-based violinist Irina Muresanu will be the guest soloist at the January 24 concert of Maestro Bruce Hangen and the Orchestra of Indian Hill, featuring a program of French composers. Ms. Muresanu will perform pieces by Dutilleux and Saint-Georges. She took a minute to chat with us about the program, and performing with the Orchestra.
In this all-French program, you will be playing pieces by Dutilleux and Saint-Georges. What should we expect from those pieces?
I have to give credit to Maestro Hangen for the wonderful idea of a French themed program. The four pieces belong to four different worlds: Romantic (Franck Symphony), Impressionist (Debussy “La Mer”), Classical (Saint-Georges concerto) and Contemporary (Dutilleux “Sur le meme accord”). The two violin works have contrasting aesthetics: while the Saint-Georges concerto is a very extroverted piece that aims to show off the virtuosic capabilities of the instrument, the Dutilleux explores a more intimate color palette of sounds created by one complex chord.
What excites you most as a musician? Performing solo or with a group? Teaching aspiring violinists? Exploring new music?
I will check “all the above.” Being able to do so many different things, performing and teaching-wise keeps my life interesting – and me on my toes! More than anything, I love a challenging project….
You have performed with the Orchestra of Indian Hill several times, and last winter gave an outstanding solo performance of one of your challenging projects, Four Strings Around the World at Kalliroscope Gallery. What have your experiences been like performing for Indian Hill audiences, and with the Orchestra and Bruce Hangen?
It always feels like a reunion, as I get to see familiar faces each time I come back to perform. It’s very exciting to talk to people at the end of the concert, to get their impressions, questions, and to make new friends, especially with the younger people in the audience. There’s nothing better like a little exchange with a kid that asks me to sign the program! And, let’s not forget the stage – I have many esteemed colleagues, friends and even students (or former students) among the orchestra members. My collaboration with Maestro Hangen started many years ago when he invited me to perform the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Boston Pops. He is a great musician and I feel honored each time we perform together.