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Pianist captivated by Schumann work

Marjorie Janove will perform with the Utah Valley Symphony.
Marjorie Janove will perform with the Utah Valley Symphony.

Local pianist Marjorie Janove will be making her Utah Valley Symphony debut next week in Schumann's Concerto in A minor, a work that is near and dear to her.

"Ever since I did a program last December on the life of Clara and Robert Schumann, I've had a new regard for the concerto," Janove said.

She was referring to a program that traced the lives of the Schumanns through their music and correspondence. "I selected the music, and I was able to get a new feeling for their relationship and for Robert's music."

Schumann composed the concerto for his wife, according to Janove. "Clara performed it. And because of that, it ties me to her."

Janove said that she has never performed the A minor Concerto with an orchestra before. "I've taught it but never played it."

She said that when she was contacted by the Utah Valley Symphony to solo with them, music director Bryce Rytting, who will conduct next week's concerts, told her she could choose which concerto she wanted to play. "To me, the choice was obvious," Janove said.

Rytting and Janove have collaborated in the past but with another orchestra. That was during the Mozart bicentennial celebration in 1991 in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. "I played Mozart's 'Coronation' Concerto at that time," Janove said. "I loved working with Bryce. He's such a well-rounded musician."

She said that she's looking forward to their renewed collaboration. "I feel so lucky to work with him again and to play with such a wonderful orchestra." Besides the Schumann, Rytting and the orchestra will perform Dvorak's "Carnival" Overture and Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F major.

If you go . . .

What: Pianist Marjorie Janove, Utah Valley Symphony, conductor Bryce Rytting

Where: Provo Tabernacle, 100 S. University Ave.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

How much: $5 general, $15 family

2004-05 schedule

2004-05 season for the Utah Valley Symphony (all concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Provo

Tabernacle): Dec. 1 and 2,

Christmas concert

Jan. 26 and 27, celebration of American music

March 2 and 3, young artists concert

April 27 and 28, pops concert

May 13 and 14, J.S. Bach's "St. Matthew

Passion" (with the Wasatch Chorale)