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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra oboist to make solo debut
by Everett Catts
April 09, 2014 02:19 PM | 7944 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special / J.D. Scott<br>
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal oboe Elizabeth Koch ‘Liz’ Tiscione will make her solo debut starting Thursday.
Special / J.D. Scott
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal oboe Elizabeth Koch ‘Liz’ Tiscione will make her solo debut starting Thursday.
If Elizabeth Koch “Liz” Tiscione seems a bit nervous right now, one can’t blame her.

This Thursday the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s principal oboist will make her solo debut in a series of three concerts titled “Metamorphosis.”

“I’m really excited about it,” said Tiscione, who lives in the Cumberland Mall area with her husband Michael, the symphony’s acting associate principal and second trumpet player. “I haven’t given a concert quite like this ever in my life. I’m a little anxious and a little excited. I can’t wait for [this] week. It’s going to be great.”

For the concerts, one of the three programs the symphony will perform is Richard Strauss’ “Oboe Concerto,” a collaboration between Tiscione and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

“Working with Donald is a privilege because he’s one the world’s leading Strauss interpreters,” she said. “It’s going to be a really special night making music with Donald and the ASO.”

While this may be her solo debut, Tiscione, 28, has been playing the oboe since she was 9. The Hamburg, N.Y., native also plays principal oboe at the Grand Teton Music Festival each summer and is a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players. She has been with the Atlanta symphony since 2007 and has performed with the orchestras of more than half a dozen cities on the Eastern Seaboard.

“It’s been my privilege and pleasure to watch her grow as a player and musician,” Runnicles said. “She’s one of the finest oboists in the country. We’re thrilled to have her here.

“Her technique is flawless, her musicality and her musical intuition are quite wonderful. She is an extremely expressive player. While that is certainly something someone marvels at most, she faces not technicalities she can’t master.”

Tiscione said she is excited to lead the symphony.

“Obviously I have tremendous respect for my colleagues,” she said. “Just to stand in front of the orchestra and stand in front of that sound will be incredible for me. To share this piece I’ve been working on this year is going to be extremely rewarding. It’s really a privilege that I’m able to play this concert.”

Ditto for Runnicles.

“I’m thrilled because it speaks to the standard within the orchestra,” he said last week. “There are many soloists within their own right who are members of this orchestra. It’s only appropriate we feature one of them. Last night it was [cellist] Yo-Yo Ma and next week it will be Liz. It’s a testament to the caliber of musicians in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It’s both wonderful and important that we feature our own musicians as soloists.”

If you go:

o What: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s “Metamorphosis” concerts

o When: Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.

o Where: Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St., Midtown

o Tickets: $24 to $75

o Information:

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