Esprit: The Camerata Orchestra

"As the orchestra learns about my style, my body cues, they are feeling out one another as well. It’s a bit of mutual discovery.”

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Esprit

A performance by the Camerata Orchestra, conducted by Arie Lipsky with guest violinist Corey Cerovsek.


Bloomington High School South: Carmichael Hall

Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 3:30

Camerata Orchestra, Bloomington

Bloomington High School South

The Camerata Orchestra continues their 2009-10 series with a concert titled Esprit. The program includes music by Bernstein, Saint-Saens and Shostakovich.

A Mutual Discovery

The conductor for the concert is guest Arie Lipsky, who is visiting from his home base in Ann Arbor. Lipsky is no stranger to the orchestra. “This must be the third or fourth time that the group’s founder, Lenore Hatfield, has invited me to conduct.”

Asked what he does first with an orchestra, Lipsky replies, “Well, Camerata is a fine group of very advanced student musicians, professionals and faculty members, but they’re not a group that plays together all the time, so as I introduce myself – letting the orchestra learn about my style, my body cues – they are feeling out one another as well. It’s a bit of mutual discovery.”

Joie d’Esprit

Esprit is both the title of the concert and  its theme. Leonard Bernstein’s energetic overture to Candide fits into the ‘spirit’ of the concert. So does Shostakovich‘s Symphony No. 5, “especially in the final movement as it comes to a resolution.”

The middle piece of Camerata’s concert is a performance of the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Camille Saint Saens. Former IU student and longtime Bloomington resident Corey Cerovsek plays the violin solo. “Corey and I have some history,” Lipsky says. “He soloed in a piece by Max Bruch with an orchestra that I conducted.”

Cervosek has a PhD in mathematics. Asked if his background and Lipsky’s own –he has a degree in aeronautical engineering – might give them extra common ground, Lipsky responds, “probably not much. I only got the engineering degree to please my mother. She thought I needed training for a regular job.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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