Pianist returns to symphony for concerto performance
The Lewisville Lake Symphony will kick off its 29th season this weekend with two performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, featuring pianist Nikita Fitenko.
The program will also include a performance of Symphony No. 4, the Italian, by Felix Mendelssohn. The symphony is under the direction of Maestro Adron Ming.
Fitenko, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, earned a doctoral degree from the University of North Texas’ piano program. He is co-director of the Washington International Piano Festival and a professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Fitenko has recorded five albums, included three on the Altarus Records label.
The artist said he’s excited about this weekend’s two performances and presenting his interpretation of the work. He said he looks forward to an experience of “good music-making.”
“Music is about emotion,” Fitenko said, and he hopes to deliver a high-level emotional performance that the audience feels.
A fan favorite, Fitenko is returning for his fourth appearance with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, with performances Friday and Sunday at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater in Old Town Lewisville.
Nancy Wright, an honorary Lewisville Lake Symphony board member and former board chairwoman, said Fitenko has been one of the symphony’s “most popular soloists over the years.”
“His style is very commanding,” she said. “He plays with a lot of enthusiasm and musicality, and I think that’s what brings people back again and again.
“I think [attendees] can expect to hear a first-class music experience.”
Fitenko was the symphony’s first performer in its chamber music series, Wright said. In a solo setting years ago, he held a fundraiser and asked people to donate if they enjoyed the music, she said.
“That initial performance enabled us to raise several thousand dollars for the symphony,” Wright said. “[The] chamber series is now in its 10th season.”
Ticket sales for this weekend’s two performances have been brisk, Wright said.
“We have two performances and they’re filling up,” she said.
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• What: Lewisville Lake Symphony featuring pianist Nikita Fitenko
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday
• Where: Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville
• Details: Tickets cost $25 for the Friday performance and $20 Sunday, with a $5 discount for seniors 60 and older. Student tickets cost $10. To buy tickets online, visit www.lewisvillesymphony.org . For more information, call 972-874-9087.