Lomazov Dazzles During JCA Concert

Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov dazzled a large crowd at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Friday evening, as she offered the second concert in the 2013-14 season for the Jamestown Concert Association.

Ms. Lomazov chose a rather conservative program, with all but one selection coming from the 18th or the 19th Century. The works she chose, however, were huge in scope, with vast clouds of sound, from which one or more solo voices sang out.

The entire first half of the program was Robert Schumann’s ”Kreisleriana, Op. 16,” a collection of eight fantasies for piano evocative of the character Johannes Kreisler from the fiction of E.T.A. Hoffman.

Each fantasy had a unique quality, and sometimes they contrasted with the other movements, and sometimes built upon the others. She was able to produce an enormous amount of sound, and although her technique wasn’t completely flawless, it was exceptionally good, considering the difficulty of the works she was performing.

Following intermission, she returned to the stage to perform a series of variations by Joseph Haydn, three preludes and two etudes by Scriabin, two preludes and an etude-Tableau by Rachmaninoff, and concluding with another series of variations, this time by Ukrainian-Russian contemporary composer Nikolai Kapustin.

Because of the heaviness of her program, the jazzy qualities of the modern work stood out, like a jewel on a dark cloth. The pianist didn’t speak to the audience throughout her performance, until just before she began the final work, when she took pains to point out that the theme on which he had composed the variations was the opening theme from Stravinsky’s ”Le Sacre du Printemps.” The speed with which the audience leaped to their feet demonstrated how impressed they were by the jazzy completion to a romantic and classical matrix of music.

The versatility of the piano as a solo instrument could not have been better highlighted and emphasized. It was a very satisfying evening of music.

The next concert in the JCA series will be Dec. 4 at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, when Symphoria!, previously known as the Syracuse Symphony, will perform an evening of popular holiday music, under the baton of their pops conductor, Sean O’Loughlin.