WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome cellist Ifetayo Ali to the opening night stage on Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Center. She will perform Édouard Lalo’s tuneful Cello Concerto in D minor. The concert will conclude with Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Ms. Ali will be in residency throughout the week of Sept. 11, performing in area schools including Castle Hayne Elementary, St. Mary Catholic School, Williston Middle School, Murray Middle School, and Roland-Grise Middle School. There is also a community performance at the Cameron Art Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m., which is open to the public.
Ifetayo’s musical residency underscores the Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to youth education. “We are honored and privileged to have Ifetayo performing in Wilmington throughout the week,” says Executive Director Reed Wallace. “She embodies the joy and excitement of the music she performs. By featuring a young soloist we can strengthen connections to a peer group of students.”
Ifetayo is the Junior Division 1st Place Laureate of the 2017 Annual Sphinx Competition and performed as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Now 14, she began her musical studies on violin when she was able to stand. She was honored at the Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Rising Stars Showcase in 2013 at age 10, when she recorded the 1st movement of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. To date, this video has over 48,000 YouTube views and over eight million Facebook views. To read more about this wonderful performer visit http://www.sphinxmusic.org/bio-ifetayo-ali/.
Expanding on the concert’s theme, original artwork by students at Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences illustrating the ten sections of Pictures at an Exhibition will be on display. Also, patrons can learn about the Arts Council of Wilmington’s “4th Friday Gallery Walk”.
For concert tickets to the Wilmington Symphony’s opening night concert on Sept. 16 featuring Ifetayo Ali, please call 910-362-7999 or visit www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.