OREGON FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m. First Baptist Church, Portland Franko Božac, accordion Oregon Festival Orchestra Travis Hatton, conductor
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite Sofia Gubaidulina: Fachwerk (Oregon premiere) Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10
Gubaidulina's new concerto for bayan and strings, Fachwerk, is without a doubt one of her best and most profound works to date. In it, she explores both sound and silence as dramatic tools of expression. The concert opens with Grieg's beloved Holberg Suite and closes with Britten's virtuosic work for strings.
ABOUT THE SOLOIST Croatian accordionist Franko Božac returns to Oregon Music Festival being one of a very few classical accordionists capable of tackling Gubaidulina's concerto Fachwerk. Božac has performed in theaters in several countries, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Cornerstone – Hope at Everton, Cosmo Rodelwald Concert Hall, Duke’s Hall, Oxford Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, City University London, and Henry Wood Hall. He has also performed at festivals such as the Cornerstone Festival in Liverpool, London Virtuoso Festival, International Music Forums, Bloomsbury Festival, Histria Festival, Zetra Festival. He has premiered numerous concertos for the button accordion. The most recent was The Hall of Horcum (Concerto for accordion and orchestra, which was written and dedicated to him) by British composer James Williamson. The premiere was held at the Duke's Hall of The Royal Academy of Music in London, and he was accompanied by the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by renowned conductor Patrick Bailey.