Horseheads native, pianist Benjamin Pawlak and violinist Maria Beltavski perform two concerts including music by Beethoven and Ravel in Horseheads and Hector. They join us via Skype to talk about the music, how they met, the six years of planning this collaboration, and where they are headed next. http://wskg.org/audio/pawlakbelt.mp3
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes welcomes pianist Benjamin Pawlak as soloist in Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1. Ben is a native of Horseheads and is currently a senior at Ithaca College and also plays viola. He tells us about growing up and having to decide between the two, and how he and Maestro Shimada decided on the Liszt for this week’s concert. The program also includes ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst and the ‘Star Wars Overture’ by John Williams.