Scottish Fantasy with Blake Pouliot

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February 11, 2023
The Palace Theatre, Greensburg
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The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Scottish Fantasy on February 11, 2023 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert opens with Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte followed by violinist Blake Pouliot performing Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and concludes with Brahms Symphony No.3, conducted by Artistic Director Daniel Meyer.

“We have striven in the past to feature virtuoso soloists on the rise, and Blake Pouliot certainly fits the bill. He has a rich, vibrant tone, a captivating musical personality, and I suspect he’ll bring just the right spirit to the very tuneful and evocative Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch, said Artistic Director Daniel Meyer.  “Scottish Fantasy is musical tone-painting and storytelling at its very best. Bruch is able to incorporate the spirit of Scotland and its folk traditions into this brilliantly colorful work for solo violin and orchestra. It’s a perfect work to play on Valentine’s weekend!”

Described as “immaculate, at once refined and impassioned,” (ArtsAtlanta) violinist Blake Pouliot has established himself as “one of those special talents that comes along once in a lifetime” (Toronto Star).

Mr. Pouliot released his debut album on Analekta Records in 2019 to critical acclaim including a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine as well as a 2019 Juno Award nomination for Best Classical Album. He has been featured twice on Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? series and was NPR’s Performance Today Artist-in-Residence for the 2017/18 season in Minnesota the 2018/19 season in Hawaii, and the 2021/22 season across Europe. In 2016, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition and was named First Laureate of both the 2018 and 2015 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

Mr. Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù on generous loan from an anonymous donor. Learn more about the violin

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