The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra will perform its season-opening concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27 featuring pianist Darin Manica. The concert will be held at the Bing Crosby Theatre (formerly The MET) at 901 W. Sprague Ave. (downtown Spokane).
Darin Manica will the featured pianist at the event.
Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for non-GU students and can be purchased at the door. Tickets are free to GU students, faculty and staff.
Conducted by Kevin Hekmatpanah, the orchestra will present Brahms’ Hungarian Dances No. 2, 4 & 7, Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture,” Ravel’s “Alborada del Grazioso” and Liszt’s “Totentanz.” Manica will be the soloist for the Liszt piece.
Manica enjoys a distinguished career as a pianist, accompanist and teacher. He has performed with such notable orchestras as the Niwot Timberline Symphony, Middle Tennessee Symphony and Loveland Chamber Orchestra.
A recent performance of the Saint-Saëns Africa and Finzi Eclogue was met with critical acclaim. A champion of lesser-known composers, he regularly performs works by Liapunov, Rzewski, Mayerl, Levitzki, Godowsky, Doucet and Confrey as well as the well-known masterworks.
In addition to solo and chamber performances, Manica is a prolific accompanist and has taught on the accompanying faculty at Colorado State University. He enjoys accompanying all types of music from musical theater, to vocal and instrumental music, to the St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Chorus conducted by his wife, Susie Manica.
Manica is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Colorado and Colorado State University. His most influential teachers were Mary Anne Hanschu, Richard Cass and Alvin Chow. He resides in Colorado with wife Susie and two children, Axel and Ana.
A free shuttle bus will leave from St. Aloysius Church at 6:45 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. and will return following the concert. For more information, contact the Gonzaga University music department office at (509) 313-6733, or visit its Web site at www.gonzagamusic.com.