Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon
February 18, 2017
Toledo Symphony Box Office
Concert Time: 7:30 pm
Sara Jobin, Conductor
Tea Prokes, Violin
Resident Conductor Sara Jobin leads our Toledo Symphony in a performance that brings life to the idyllic countryside. Associate Concertmaster Tea Prokes steps into the spotlight, performing the glorious and melodic Vaughan-Williams showpiece, The Lark Ascending. A pair of Haydn symphonies complete this pastoral evening.
Haydn - Symphony No. 83 "Hen"
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Haydn - Symphony No. 82 "Bear"
Tea Prokes has been named Associate Concertmaster by the Toledo Symphony, a promotion that took effect Nov. 1. Prokes, 28, formerly sixth chair in the first violin section, was selected during several audition rounds held last month by a committee of fellow musicians and Principal Conductor Stefan Sanderling. She now holds the Catherine Z. Melhorn Endowed Chair. The position, highly sought after and rarely available, became open when Naomi Guy left the orchestra in 2013.
"There's something special about being in the center circle," Prokes said. "It's very special up there. I love the responsibility. I'm used to that sort of pressure."
Prokes sits next to concertmaster Kirk Toth's left, next to other principals and their associates: second violins Merwin Siu and Rita Lammers; violas Valentin Ragusitu and Timothy Zeithamel, cellos Martha Reikow and Amy Chang. A native of Buffalo, Prokes grew up playing violin with her father, Robert, a professional violinist, and her older sister, Megan, also a pro musician. Before she left to earn degrees in performance and music education at Boston University, Prokes, 28, made news as part of a family trio of fiddlers performing with Buffalo area orchestras. She joined the TSO in 2013 while studying for graduate degrees in violin and chamber music performance at the University of Michigan. She played in the resident graduate string quartet at U-M and performed on several of the TSO's Blade Chamber Series programs. She is associate concertmaster for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra; performs in other area orchestras, and has a teaching studio. Prokes says she practices 2-6 hours per day, working on orchestral repertoire and solo pieces. "This orchestra is full of such warm and supportive people. Everyone has been so welcoming. I got so many calls,"
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