Pictures at an Exhibition

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Name: Pictures at an Exhibition
Date: April 27, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT
Pictures at an Exhibition
Event Description:
Pictures at an Exhibition

Music Inspired by Art

Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:30pm at Sandusky State Theatre
Conversation with the Conductor 6:30pm


Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces composed by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. Although originally composed for solo piano, Pictures became better known in orchestral form after Mussorgsky’s death, particularly as arranged by French composer Maurice Ravel in 1922.

Mussorgsky based his musical material on drawings and watercolours by Viktor Hartmann, a close friend who died suddenly at 39 years of age. The composer was inspired by a memorial exhibition of Hartmann’s artwork and felt the need to capture the experience in music. The music depicts his tour of the exhibition, with each of the ten numbers of the suite serving as a musical illustration of an individual work by Hartmann.

Unfortunately, several of the pieces inspired by Mussorgsky have been lost, however we do know of the six you see featured here. The evening’s event with include a pre-concert exhibition, featuring works by students of our local high school art programs, inspired by the suite. Entries for the “missing” artwork will be judged prior to that evening with the winners featured during the orchestra’s performance.

In addition to Pictures at an Exhibition, our guest artist will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:30pm at Sandusky State Theatre
Conversation with the Conductor 6:30pm

“Pictures” Art Exhibition
Carl Topilow, Music Director and Conductor
Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Full Orchestra
Gavin George, Special Guest Pianist


To Be Announced!


Acclaimed for his musical maturity and virtuosity, 13 year-old pianist Gavin George began formal piano instruction at age three-and-a-half. He made his concerto debut by age seven with the Newark-Granville Symphony performing Haydn’s Concerto in D Major, and was a featured performer on the CBS Early Show. As a gold medal winner for two consecutive years in the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented International Piano Competition, Gavin has performed multiple times in Carnegie Hall. He was awarded a full scholarship to study and perform at Luxembourg’s Vianden Music Festival.

In 2011, Gavin became the youngest musician to perform on the Emmy-award winning show From the Top, broadcast on NPR. He was awarded first prize in the SAA’s International Piano Concerto Competition performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, and performed at Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis), Midland Theater (Newark), and Constitution Hall (Washington, D.C.). Gavin was selected as one of the PRODIGIES series documentary profiles made by Radical Media, appearing on the YouTube THNKRTV channel.

In recent seasons, Gavin has given recital and concerto performances both nationally and internationally. He performed Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 with orchestras in Severance Hall (Cleveland), Hoover Auditorium (Lakeside), Midland Theater (Newark), and at The Perugia Music Festival (Italy). PNC Bank sponsored “Gavin George: Live on Your Screen” streaming live his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 with the Westerville Symphony Orchestra. Tri-C Classical Series presented Gavin in his first full-length recital at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium, and a documentary by Tri-C Classical Series was produced and streamed on YouTube at this time. He also performed recitals at Ocean Reef Club Performance Center (Key Largo), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Xavier University (Cincinnati) and Sorrento, Italy. Gavin was also a guest performer on The Queen Latifah Show.

From 2010-2017, George has had orchestral performances throughout the United States as well as in Italy.

Gavin is a student of Antonio Pompa-Baldi and has participated in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, John Perry, and Boris Slutsky, among others. In addition to his musical endeavors, Gavin is a voracious learner and excels in all academic areas, holding particular interest in science, mathematics, and literature. In his free time, he enjoys making iMovies, snow skiing, tennis, and playing with his younger brother, Max.
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Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, OH  44870
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30pm; Conversation with the Conductor 6:30pm
Contact Information:
For ticket information, call (419) 621-4800 or buy tickets online at
$33 per ticket for Gold Seating
$30 per ticket for Silver Seating
$10 per ticket for Assigned Student Seating
Free Seating is available in the balcony for students who present a valid student ID