Beethoven & Dvořák – Afternoon

Classics at HRC

Date & Time

4 March 2023 2:00 pm3:00 pm (1 hour)


Regina Symphony Orchestra


Holy Rosary CathedralWebsite
2104 Garnet St
Regina, SK, S4T 6Y5

Beethoven & Dvořák - Afternoon

Jerry Hu, a rising star from Saskatoon will make his RSO debut with the melodic drama of the Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto. The Bohemian folk melodies of Dvořák’s 8th Symphony will round out the performance in a cheerful and optimistic way.

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March 4, 2023
Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor
Jerry Hu, piano


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.8 in G major, op.88, B.163


Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor

Giuseppe Pietraroia is Associate Conductor for both the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria. As a guest conductor he has been engaged by l’Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestra London, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Okanagan Symphony, Regina Symphony , Kingston Symphony and Thunder Bay Symphony.

His extensive opera engagements with Pacific Opera include productions of Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, La Traviata, La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Rigoletto, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, Tosca and Let’s Make an Opera/The Little Sweep. In addition he has conducted productions for, Edmonton Opera, l’Opéra de Québec, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Program, l’Opéra de Montréal and Opera New Brunswick.

With Victoria Choral Society where he was Music Director for 7 seasons, Maestro Pietraroia conducted performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Victoria Symphony, a choreographed production of Orff’s Carmina Burana in collaboration with Ballet Victoria, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, and the Duruflé and Fauré Requiem.

Maestro Pietraroia has recorded a cd with soprano Marie-Josée Lord and l’Orchestre Métropolitain for the ATMA label, which won a Felix award granted by l’ADISQ and was also nominated for a Juno award.
Giuseppe Pietraroia is the recipient of the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria Artist of the Year Award and the Canada Council’s Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting.


Jerry Hu, piano

Jerry Hu is a sixteen year old high school student living in Saskatoon, where he studies piano with Bonnie Nicholson. He has studied music for 13 years, since the age of 4. In addition to piano, Jerry also studied violin (Grade 9 RCM) and participated in the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. Jerry has received many awards for his piano performances, including RCM gold medals for his Grade 9 and 10 exam marks and the First Place Prize in the Lyell Gustin Competition (2020). He represented Saskatchewan in the FCMF National Competition (2019) where he received Second Place in the Piano Category. Among the many other awards and scholarships for his Music Festival participation, Jerry was chosen as the top Senior Pianist at the 2019 Provincial Saskatchewan Music Festival and won the Senior Excellence Piano Award in 2021. In August of 2019, Jerry competed at the Canadian Chopin Competition in Toronto, where he performed as one of 24 Junior Semi-Finalists. In Summer 2020, he enjoyed attending the Curtis Young Artists Summer Program (online). In February of 2021, Jerry won the Shurniak Concerto Competition (virtual). In November of 2021, Jerry performed Beethoven’s Concerto in C minor in his
orchestral debut with the SSO, conducted by Nicholas Ellis. Jerry won the
CFMTA Young Artist Competition in March of 2022 and will be performing a
concert tour in fall of 2022. Jerry has taken masterclasses and lessons from renowned pianists such as Jan Lisiecki, Ian Parker, Peter Miyamoto, and Natalie Zhu.


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