Dana Symphony spotlights some Russian composers

Special to the Tribune Chronicle Caitlin Hedge will be the violin soloist for the Dana Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Scheherazade, Op. 35.

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“From Russia with Love” is the theme of the Dana Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2016-17 performance season.

The concert conducted by Stephen L. Gage will draw from works by “The Five” — Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin — a group of Russian composers in the mid-19th century who concentrated on creating specifically Russian music, and Mikhail Glinka, the Russian composer who inspired them.

The 61-member orchestra will open with Glinka’s overture from his “Ruslan and Ludmilla” and will follow with Borodin’s tone poem “In The Steppes of Central Asia.”

The feature piece on the program is the classic Scheherazade, Op. 35 composed by Rimsky-Korsakov. Orchestration is what Rimsky-Korsakov is best known for today, as his works are large-scale testaments to his ability to transfer one or two themes from one instrument to the next while layering more and more underneath. Scheherazade is a perfect example of this skill.

The violin soloist for Scheherazade is Caitlin Hedge, who performs frequently with the Youngstown Symphony, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and the Opera Western Reserve orchestra. She serves as assistant concertmaster of the Greenville Symphony and also is a member of the Butler County Symphony.

Hedge has won numerous awards for her fiddle playing, including first place in the 2013 Edinboro Highland Games Regional Competition. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in violin performance at Youngstown State University, where she studies violin with Joseph Kromholz and viola with Michael Strauss. She is a YSU graduate assistant for orchestra and violin and serves as concertmaster of the Dana Symphony Orchestra. She holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Baldwin Wallace University.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and non-YSU students. Children 12 and younger and anyone with a YSU ID are admitted free. Tickets are available by calling the Stambaugh box office at 330-259-0555 and online at www.stambaughauditorium.com.