Jelaca-Jovanovic piano concert Saturday

Published on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 by Richard Clark

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Jelaca-Jovanovic piano concert Saturday

By Richard Clark

While our nation drifts into a serious recession, opportunities must be created to meet human needs.

And that’s what will happen when Dr. Milica Jelaca-Jovanovic comes to present a piano concert in Blaine. She will bring the joy of music to her listeners, whose freewill donations will benefit the Blaine Food Bank. Come to the Blaine Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy an adventure in the arts.

Jelaca-Jovanovic was born in Belgrade, where a family of accomplished musicians trained her musically at an early age. She has played piano in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia and the United Kingdom before becoming a piano professor at Western Washington University.

She will perform works by Schubert, Schumann and Liszt. All were 19th century Romantic composers. Bach, born in 1685, will be the sole exception. But this will be no ordinary Bach. She will present two of his organ choral preludes as her own arrangements, commonly called transcriptions. Bach transcriptions were commonly composed during the Romantic period. Rubinstein and Horowitz loved to play Bach-Busoni transcriptions. In their hands Bach became a romanticized showman.

A few nights ago, I dreamed a full house was enraptured with Jelaca-Jovanovic’s artistry while Glenn Tuski and Martin Kuuskmann acted as masters of ceremony. And now I’ve been told my dream is about to come true.

A great deal of preparation has been invested for the concert. For her promotional work, appreciation is extended to Sonja Chorba, Western Foundation director of development, College of Fine and Performing Arts. Mary Walby and Victoria Sabo are promoting it on behalf of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, Bellingham Chapter. Here at home, Patricia Jorgensen, Larry and Suzanne Conrad are investing hard work toward the concert’s success.

The arts are often first to be cut during hard times. Oddly, it is during such times that the arts assume renewed importance. How well I remember the Great Depression, when my parents and I enjoyed the plays and music presented at the Haynie Grange Hall by the Borden Players from Marysville! It seems history is about to repeat itself. A hearty welcome and a musical treat await all who will attend Jelaca-Jovanovic’s piano concert.