Alberta Bair Theater | 7:30 pm
Rising Star Rosie Weiss, will transport the audience to the beautiful lands of Scotland during Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Hear lush, romantic melodies and Scottish fiddle influences in this well-known violin showpiece. Also on the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, this piece is full of emotion and was featured on the epic movie Master and Commander. Concluding the concert is Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by the great Richard Strauss, chronicling the misadventures and pranks of the folk hero, Till Eulenspiegel. The audience will love how music and drama unite to tell this beloved story.
Rosie Weiss is an 18 year old Billings native, whose formal music training began when she was 3. She auditioned into the Billings Symphony at 12, and has played nearly 50 concerts in 6 seasons. She has also played with the Northwest Civic Orchestra, Helena Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Rimrock Opera, and Battle Creek Symphony.
As a winner of the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Young Artists competition, she performed as guest soloist with four orchestras in Montana and Michigan. She also enjoys performing with the Red Lodge Chamber Players, and is a founding member of Magic City Strings.
In the summer of 2013, Weiss was selected by Carnegie Hall for membership in the first ever National Youth Orchestra of the USA (NYO-USA), which toured internationally with Maestro Valery Gergiev. She had the honor of sitting third chair as the NYO-USA performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Joshua Bell. Concert venues included the Kennedy Center, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, Russia. The final concert was at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and was broadcast live around the world.
This past summer, Weiss received a scholarship to Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, where she worked closely with the internationally acclaimed Muir String Quartet. She also served as concertmaster of Tanglewood’s Young Artists Orchestra, performing the challenging solos in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel.
In addition to her classical studies, Weiss is also an accomplished fiddler. For 14 years she has performed with the Billings Ceilidh Fiddlers, under the direction of Janny Kirk, including tours of Scotland and Ireland. She has twice won Montana state fiddle championships, and has had the good fortune of learning from such Celtic fiddle luminaries as Natalie MacMaster, Jeremy Kittel, and Alasdair Fraser, as well as bluegrass legend Bobby Hicks.
Weiss wishes to acknowledge her many teachers, coaches, and conductors, including Laura Dalbey, Lisa Bollman, Vikki Payne, John Kirk, Lee Hancock, Anne Harrigan, the conductors of the Billings Youth Orchestra, and her current violin teacher and mentor, Billings Symphony concertmaster Randy Tracy. These caring individuals, and many others too numerous to list, deserve credit for much of her success.
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