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Stockton Symphony finishes classics series with power pianist

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POSTED March 22, 2012 11:00 p.m.

STOCKTON — Maestro Peter Jaffe conducts the Stockton Symphony’s season-closing Classics concerts featuring Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi on Thursday, April 12, and Saturday, April 14. The concerts will be held at the Warren Atherton Auditorium on the Delta College campus.

Pompa-Baldi will be performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major. Prokofiev conceived the Third Concerto as a virtuoso vehicle for himself; he played the first performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on December 17, 1921, and it became his favorite offering on concert programs throughout the U.S. and Europe. The work, which became immensely popular, is also immensely difficult. 

The program will also include Revueltas’ Sensemayá, a rhythmically charged tone poem with no holds barred — and even a tuba solo, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Suites Nos. 1 and 2, which include magnificent orchestrations of pirates, a glorious sunrise, alluring lush melodies, and a frenzied “joyous tumult” that raises the roof!

Pompa-Baldi has toured extensively in four continents and has appeared with many leading orchestras, including the Orchestre National de Paris-Radio France, the Houston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Pacific Symphony, and the symphonies of Fort Worth, Syracuse Columbus, Charleston and Spokane, among others.

He also appeared in a documentary on the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition which premiered in October 2001 on PBS and appeared again on PBS in the documentary “Concerto: A Sense of Self,” featuring his performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – the work he will perform with the Stockton Symphony. 

 Call the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196 to order tickets in advance, or purchase tickets online at Tickets begin at $22; tickets for children and students with an ID are half price.

Audience members are encouraged to attend a free pre-concert talk by the Music Director, Peter Jaffe, beginning 45 minutes before the “Symphony Supercharged” concert begins.

Pompa-Baldi will teach a masterclass as part of the Masterclass Series presented jointly by the Stockton Symphony and the University of the Pacific. The class will begin at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2012, in the Recital Hall at Pacific. Pianists are encouraged to apply by calling the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196. The public is invited to observe the master class at no charge.

 For further information about the Stockton Symphony, including future performances, guest artists, and how to volunteer, please visit To purchase tickets on performance Saturdays, please call or visit the Atherton Auditorium box office at 209-954-5110.

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