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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-05-28

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Young At Art

New generation of classical musicians
take the stage in spring concerts.

Suzanne Chessler

Special to the Jewish News

C

lassical piano will be at the
center of two upcoming
concerts — one featuring
rising star Orion Weiss and the other
spotlighting local scholarship winner
Andrew Zureick.
Weiss will play
Beethoven's Piano
Concerto No. 5
("Emperor")
with the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra
during four pro-
grams May 29-31
at Orchestra Hall.
Orion Weiss
Zureick will perform
Rachmaninoff's
Piano Concerto
No. 2 Wednesday
evening, June 3,
for the Andover
High School Senior
Concerto Concert at
Kirk in the Hills in
Bloomfield Hills.
Andrew
Hans Graf will
Zureick
be conductor for
the Weiss program,
which includes Rimsky-Korsakov and
Tchaikovsky works.
"I like the Beethoven concerto in
the context of knowing the composer's
other concertos:' says Weiss, 27,
who recently performed the piece in
Shanghai and Beijing on tour with the
Pittsburgh Symphony and has been
part of a Beethoven program present-
ed in Houston with Graf as maestro.
"It's very powerful and dramatic, filled
with huge contrasts and themes."
Weiss, an Ohio native, has been
playing piano since preschool and
has spent summers at Interlochen
Arts Camp in Michigan. During
high school, he studied half-days
in the Young Artists Program at the
Cleveland Institute of Music and went

on to earn a degree at the Juilliard
School in New York, where he now
lives.
"I thought of playing piano as what
I wanted to spend all my time doing,"
explains Weiss, now touring on the
international circuit. "I played con-
certs while at Juilliard, and the career
happened naturally." Weiss considers
that his professional turning point
came at 17, when he was asked to
substitute for Andre Watts with the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
"I had my bar mitzvah in Israel
and returned in 2005 to play a Chopin
concerto with the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra:' recalls Weiss, whose debut
recording is a recital disc completed
in 2008 for the Yarlung label."Itzhak
Perlman was the conductor."
Weiss has a younger brother,
Abraham, who shares his love for
music but in a different genre as a gui-
tarist for the Scheme, a rock band. The
two conducted this year's family sed-
ers at the pianist's apartment, where
his parents took charge of the cooking
and joined different guests each night.
"My girlfriend, Anna Polonsky, also
is a pianist, and we like to do four-
handed recitals together," he says."We
have concerts scheduled for next year."
Zureick, 17, who has played with
the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic
Youth Ensembles, won the Robert
C. J. Traub Memorial Scholarship at
Andover, receiving 82,000 toward a
trip to Europe with musical experi-
ences.
"I picked the Rachmaninoff piece
for the concert because I wanted
something demanding and challeng-
ing," says Zureick, of Bloomfield Hills,
who will enter Dartmouth College in
New Hampshire this fall.
The senior, who had his bar mitzvah
at Temple Beth El, has performed in
school bands. He has studied privately
with Irwin Krinsky and Catherine
Rollin. —

Orion Weiss will perform 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday
and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29-31, at Orchestra Hall in the Max M. Fisher Music
Center in Detroit. $19-$123. (313) 576-5111. Andrew Zureick will perform 7
p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Kirk in the Hills,1340 W. Long Lake Road, in
Bloomfield Hills. No charge. (248) 341-5623.

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