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MASTERWORKS 4

Ciao Italia

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2025
2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ASHEVILLE

Darko Butorac, conductor

Martina Filjak, piano

Only a few days into his visit to Italy, Mendelssohn, like many of us fortunate enough to visit Bel Paese, was already smitten: “This is Italy!” he wrote, “…and I am loving it.” He completed his Fourth Symphony shortly after his return home, and the piece — alongside the other Italy-inspired works on the program by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, and Charpentier — paints a vibrant picture of the country as seen through the eyes of fellow non-Italians, all united in affection for the vivacious Italian culture, food, wine, and spirit.

Berlioz: Le carnaval romain Overture

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

Charpentier: Impressions d’Italie, IV. Sur les Cimes

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

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Martina Filjak, Piano
Click here to read Martina's bio.
Martina Filjak, Piano
Click here to read Martina's bio.

One of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years, Martina Filjak is garnering international praise for her poetic passion and technical mastery at the keyboard as well as for her charismatic personality and magnetic stage presence. 

Martina Filjak came to international attention by winning the Gold Medal, the 1st prize and the Beethoven prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2009, which brought her numerous engagements in the United States and internationally. Prior to that, she won 1st prizes at the Maria Canals Piano Competition (Barcelona) and the Viotti Piano Competition (Vercelli), and was a laureate at the Busoni Piano Competition.

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Piano Recital with Martina Filjak
February 11 - Click here for more information.
Piano Recital with Martina Filjak
February 11 - Click here for more information.

Tuesday, February 11, 2025 at 7:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Asheville

Hailed for her “brilliant, sensitive, and imaginative playing with resourcefulness of technique and naturalness of musicality” (New York Times), Martina Filjak stands out as a “premium class pianist” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). This captivating solo piano recital program features two distinctive parts, each showcasing works by piano masters from different eras. The first half explores works by Baroque masters, spotlighting Handel’s Suite No. 7 in G minor and J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue. Shifting gears to the 19th-century Romantics for the second half, Filjak masterfully interprets Schumann’s Carnival Scenes from Vienna, Scriabin’s Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand, and Liszt’s Réminiscences de “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

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