Tysons McLean Orchestra Fundraiser: Intimate Musical Afternoon with Pianist Carlos Ibay

The age-old music salon tradition is still alive and well in the 21st century. In the intimate setting of Carderock Manor, the Tyson McLean Orchestra and the Washington International Piano Arts Council presented a “Winter Serenade, An Afternoon of Classical Music” to benefit the TMO Orchestra and the TMO Youth Orchestra.

The afternoon concert featured Pianist Carlos Ibay, the WIPAC winner for best performance of a Chopin Work and Special Awards for Peoples’ Choice and the Press. The intimacy of the surroundings of the home of hostess Robin Phillips was mirrored by the intimacy created by Pianist Ibay in his performance of the Mozart Sonata K 265. Reminiscing on moments of his childhood when he first heard the Mozart work, Ibay performed the 12 Variations on “Ah vous Dirai-Je Maman,” capturing the innocence of the piece.

Chateau Gardecki, Founder and Board Chair of the Washington International Pianist Arts Council introduced TMO Music Director and Conductor Miriam Burns, who expressed appreciation for the generous support it receives from the Tysons McLean Community. Ann Page, the TMO Executive Director was also present to welcome the audience.

A pianist of great accomplishments, Ibay has performed in 5 continents on the stages of the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Teatro Storchi in Modena, and many others. Excelling in the performance of the repertoire of pyrotechnical transcriptions, Mr. Ibay performed the “Concert Paraphrase of Rigoletto” by Verdi/Liszt, mesmerizing his audience with cascading musical effects.
He is also a distinguished tenor, performing for the audience the beloved Puccini aria, “Che Gelida Manina” from La Boheme, as he accompanied himself on the piano.

Taking the stage during intermission, Robin Phillips interviewed Mr. Ibay as he revealed a personality of great charm and humor that complimented his wonderful artistry. Blind since birth, he commented that he has performed from an early age, overcoming every obstacle in life to appreciate the gifts that were given to him. Mr Ibay is blessed with an artistry as a singer as well as a pianist, and his style overlaps each in his interpretive qualities in both art forms.

In his performance of the “Chopin Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante” Ibay continued to evoke a sense of “timelessness.” Although the Chopin work gives the impression of being two separate pieces, it is in fact one, the “Opus 22.” As one of the most difficult of Chopin’s works, “The Andante Spianato” is in the form of an Arabesque, ethereal and melodic, which then erupts into the “Grande Polonaise” which is a pianistic tour de force.

Carlos Ibay completed the concert with his own “Concert Paraphrase” on George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” setting off the “fireworks” with a whirlwind of chordal and glissando effects.
Ibay is performing a Tchaikovsky Concerto on March 3rd with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

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