The 15-year-old Fairfield piano prodigy, Alex Beyer, was in fine form Thursday night at Bridgeport’s Klein auditorium during his first rehearsal with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, under the baton of the renowned Swiss-born Gustav Meier.
Beyer makes his debut with the GBS on Saturday, during an 8 p.m. “Russian Roulette” concert at The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave. He’ll be performing one of the most beloved Romantic works in the orchestral repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor.
At rehearsal’s end, the GBS musicians gave him a hearty “round of applause.” Since musicians’ hands are occupied with their instruments, they demonstrated their support, appreciation and approval in the traditional orchestral manner: By vigorously stomping their feet on the stage’s hard-wood floor.
Beyer, his mom, Misty Beyer, and teacher, Yoshie Akimoto of Wilton, were all smiles following the pianist’s 90-minute workout.
The Beyer clan will again be in Bridgeport tonight (Friday) for the dress rehearsal, in which Meier will put the finishing touches on this rousing program (that includes Rachmaninoff’s emotionally tender “Vocalize”, Stravinsky’s fiery “Firebird” Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from his opera “Eugene Onegin”).
The young pianist was invited by Meier to perform with the GBS after winning the orchestra’s 2008 Carlson-Horn Competition for Young Instrumentalists.
Tickets for Saturday’s concert range from $24 to $58; the Klein box office will be open concert-day only, beginning at 5 p.m. Additional information is available at www.bridgeportsymphony.org.