Cellist Edward Arron will perform with RPO
03:56 PM, Nov 18, 2013
Edward Arron’s relationship to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor began when he was 12. He studied it more or less exclusively for the better part of the year.
Now 36, his study of the composition which he will perform this weekend with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra shows no signs of abating.
“Inevitably, I’ll hear things from the Rochester Philharmonic (Orchestra) that are going to inspire me to dig even deeper into this piece and find all the things that are beautiful about it,” he says.
The cellist has an obvious passion for the compositional peculiarities of the concerto, citing its structure, its lack of orchestral introduction and the placement of the cadenza in the second movement as opposed to the end of the work.
The intimacy of the concerto is also appealing to Arron.
“It’s one of the only concertos where I feel like I don’t have to really force my sound in order to project over the orchestra because of how well-written it is,” he says.
Arron, a Juilliard School graduate, has built an impressive resume. He recently finished 10 years as the first artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert series in New York City. He currently presides over the Caramoor Virtuosi and Musical Masterworks series and serves as co-artistic director of the Clark Art Institute’s Performing Artists in Residence series with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park. He also has performed with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and other new-music venture.
“I really think of my role as being a chamber musician obviously a prominent voice but I love the idea of collaborating with the members of the orchestra, and I think the way I interpret these pieces is not as a soloist with a group of people following me, but really (as someone) having an interplay with the various players in the orchestra,” Arron says of his approach to performing symphonic works as a soloist.
“In my experience, a relationship really does form over the course of those days together (practicing), and inevitably becomes something special and kind of unique in its time and space,” he says. “There will never quite be that chemistry there hasn’t been before, and there won’t be after.”
The RPO’s guest conductor this week is Nir Kabaretti, artistic director of the Santa Barbara Symphony. The orchestra also will play Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastoral” and Leonore Overture No. 3 and Imagining Beethoven, a contemporary work by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts.
Kushner is a Rochester-area freelance writer.
If you go
If you go
What: RPO presents “Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony,” with guest conductor Nir Kabaretti and cellist Edward Arron.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.
Cost: $15 to $89; $10 for students.
For tickets: (585) 454-2100 or rpo.org.