International flavors at the Ariel this weekend

Staff Report

February 13, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — Start with an Italian who moved to Germany, a Romanian who lived in France, an Armenian who lived in Russia and one who was brought up in Switzerland but later became a U.S. citizen.

It’s not the start of an old joke, but rather the impetus for the Ariel Chamber Series performance “International Flavors” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the historic Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre.

Ohio Valley Symphony violist Bernard Di Gregorio will perform works by the Italian Pietro Nardini, Romanian Georges Enescu, Armenian Aram Khachaturian and Swiss-born Ernest Bloch, accompanied by pianist Patrice Ewoldt.

Di Gregorio said he selected the repertoire simply because it is music he has always loved and wanted to perform. The four composers will take listeners around the world from eastern Europe to the United States. The international influences on each composer give the individual pieces their own compositional “flavor.”

Sonata in F Minor was written by Nardini, a violinist, composer and conductor born in Italy but who later took a job as conductor and later Kapellmeister in Germany then returned to Florence in 1770.

Enescu, a very talented violinist, composer and conductor, wrote Concertpiece for viola and piano. Born in Romania, he began studies at the Vienna Conservatory when he was 7 and later moved to Paris.

Khachaturian, who wrote Sonata-Song for Viola Solo, was born to a poor Armenian family in Tbilisi, Georgia, and moved to Moscow when he was 19. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory. He may be best known for Sabre Dance from the opera Guyane.

Bloch was a Swiss-born American composer who also lived in Germany and Paris. He wrote the four-movement Suite for Viola and Piano.

Tickets for International Flavors are $5 and are available at the door.

For more information, visit their website at or call the Ariel box office at 446-2787. The Ariel is located at 426 Second Ave. in downtown Gallipolis.