SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY childhood pianist turned attorney, Darrin Blumfield will be guest soloist joining the Orange County Symphony, (OCS) performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 as part of the symphony’s Romantic Masters night on Thursday, September 17th to open its new season of delightful music. A rendition of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 will also be on the bill for a delightful night of music. There will also be a VIP Reception held in the afternoon at the Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts at Servite featuring the culinary artistry of Chef Rodolphe Mahe. Along with delicious food and great music there will also be an auction and selected groups from OCS ensembles will present Broadway and light classical music before the show.
“The Rachmaninov concerto number 3, which I will be performing, was featured and central to the movie Shine, which is considered one of the most popular Jewish films,” stated Blumfield. Blumfield, who grow up in New York, follows in a long and very proud tradition of Classical Russian-Romantic piano playing appearing throughout the United States and abroad. Primarily trained by his father Coleman Blumfield, a student of the legendary Vladimir Horowitz during the mid-50s. “My father was one of Horowitz’s favorite students,” said Blumfield.
“And the feeling was mutual. My father respected him (Horowitz) greatly. A condition to studying with Horowitz was the students were never allowed to enter into (musical) competitions. Horowitz’s only studied with four students and they all had to adhere to this condition to study with him.” Blumfield became a world-class pianist in his own right who engages and captivates his audience playing with astonishing technique and deep musicality. He acquired both a bachelors and masters in music from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. “Growing up with my dad, I was worried about the creating a living with a life in the arts,” explains Blumfield amusingly.
“In a Jewish home there are only two professions, and I hate blood so I went with the other one… I have had a lot of satisfaction from also practicing law.” Blumfield took a break from the concert stage and became an attorney, practicing entertainment law both in California and New York. An opportunity arose for Blumfield to move to the west coast in 2001 when he was offered a job teaching law in San Diego.
Persuaded to return to the concert stage, he is once again becoming known for the poetry and passion of his piano playing. Blumfield enjoys being a guest artist with symphonies, performing solo for public and private events, and teaching students of any level.
On November 12, Temple Bat Yahm is thrilled to be welcoming acclaimed concert pianist, and TBY member, Darrin Blumfield for a benefit concert of masterworks for solo piano. The concert will be held in a private home with a very fine instrument so that the audience can experience Mr. Blumfield’s world-class interpretations in a beautiful and intimate setting. Proceeds from this concert will support music programming at Temple Bat Yahm.
For more information on hiring Blumfield for an event or private instructions, contact him by email at email@example.com.
Founded in 1985, the Orange County Symphony (OCS) is a 70-member orchestra serving Anaheim and surrounding communities. In May 2002, OCS moved headquarters to the Anaheim Cultural Arts building at Servite. OCS has performed nine consecutive concert seasons since 2005 and recently welcomed a new music director and conductor, Aline Sardão.
WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPT. 17
6:00 PM: Pre-concert Talk
6:30 PM: Concert Begins
WHERE: Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts, Servite High School Auditorium located at 1952 West La Palma, Anaheim
For further questions please call (949) 644-1999, or visit www.tby.com.
Also, for more information or to purchase tickets visit the symphony’s website at
www.ocsymphony.org or call (714) 778-0314.