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Monterey Symphony – Enigma and Scheherazade

Monterey Symphony – Enigma and Scheherazade

Edward Elgar – “Enigma Variations,” Op. 36

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Op. 35

February’s program features two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos–not to be missed!

Monterey Symphony – Enigma and Scheharezade

Monterey Symphony – Enigma and Scheharezade

Edward Elgar – “Enigma Variations,” Op. 36

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Op. 35

February’s program features two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos–not to be missed!

Alabama Symphony Orchestra – The Enigma Variations

Alabama Symphony Orchestra – The Enigma Variations

Carl Nielsen – Helios Overture

Richard Danielpour – Clarinet Concerto “From the Mountaintop”

Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations

Carlos Izcaray – Conductor

Anthony McGill – Clarinet

Enriched with spirited humor while still provoking a sense of deep seriousness, The Enigma Variations feature musical sketches of Elgar’s close friends. In addition, the ASO is excited to welcome clarinetist Anthony McGill back to the Magic City. Anthony is the first African American Principal musician in the New York Philharmonic and will be our guest soloist for Richard Danielpour’s, “From the Mountaintop.”

Alabama Symphony Orchestra – The Enigma Variations

Alabama Symphony Orchestra – The Enigma Variations

Carl Nielsen – Helios Overture

Richard Danielpour – Clarinet Concerto “From the Mountaintop”

Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations

Carlos Izcaray – Conductor

Anthony McGill – Clarinet

Enriched with spirited humor while still provoking a sense of deep seriousness, The Enigma Variations feature musical sketches of Elgar’s close friends. In addition, the ASO is excited to welcome clarinetist Anthony McGill back to the Magic City. Anthony is the first African American Principal musician in the New York Philharmonic and will be our guest soloist for Richard Danielpour’s, “From the Mountaintop.”

San Francisco Symphony – Stern Grove Festival

San Francisco Symphony – Stern Grove Festival

Join the SF Symphony at the 82nd Stern Grove Festival for our annual free concert in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. Pack a picnic, grab some friends, and relax as the SF Symphony serenades you with a dazzling afternoon of music al fresco

Edwin Outwater – Conductor
Lauren Decker – Contralto
Mendelssohn – Fingal’s Cave Overture

Elgar – Sea Pictures 

Tchaikovsky – Marche slave 

Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) – Pictures at an Exhibition

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

ELGAR  In the South

SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto in D Minor

STRAVINSKY  Petrouchka

Christopher Seaman, guest conducting
Simone Porterviolin

 

English conductor Christopher Seaman is renowned for his long and distinguished career leading orchestras here and abroad. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Symphony in Petrouchka. You’ll hear the strains of Russian folk songs and dazzling melodies in this historic collaboration between Stravinsky and Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes. But first, violinist Simone Porter returns to Des Moines by popular demand to play Sibelius’s brilliant, impassioned Violin Concerto. Her rendition of this virtuosic work will take your breath away.

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

Des Moines Symphony – Stravinsky’s Petrouchka

ELGAR  In the South

SIBELIUS  Violin Concerto in D Minor

STRAVINSKY  Petrouchka

Christopher Seaman, guest conducting
Simone Porterviolin

 

English conductor Christopher Seaman is renowned for his long and distinguished career leading orchestras here and abroad. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Symphony in Petrouchka. You’ll hear the strains of Russian folk songs and dazzling melodies in this historic collaboration between Stravinsky and Diaghilev at the Ballet Russes. But first, violinist Simone Porter returns to Des Moines by popular demand to play Sibelius’s brilliant, impassioned Violin Concerto. Her rendition of this virtuosic work will take your breath away.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Harold in Italy

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Harold in Italy

LOREN LOIACONO – World Premiere

ELGAR – Cello Concerto

BERLIOZ – Harold in Italy

Paganini dismissed early sketches of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy as unsuitable for the celebrated virtuoso. After hearing the final work years later, he pulled the composer on stage and knelt before him in front of a cheering audience. On a program with your DSO Principal musicians as featured soloists, Eric Nowlin performs the music depicting the melancholy traveler Harold, and Wei Yu returns as a soloist for Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

This program will be live webcast Saturday, October 21
at 8:00 pm EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live+ add to my calendar

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Harold in Italy

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Harold in Italy

LOREN LOIACONO – World Premiere

ELGAR – Cello Concerto

BERLIOZ – Harold in Italy

Paganini dismissed early sketches of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy as unsuitable for the celebrated virtuoso. After hearing the final work years later, he pulled the composer on stage and knelt before him in front of a cheering audience. On a program with your DSO Principal musicians as featured soloists, Eric Nowlin performs the music depicting the melancholy traveler Harold, and Wei Yu returns as a soloist for Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

This program will be live webcast Saturday, October 21
at 8:00 pm EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live+ add to my calendar

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – League Conference Concert

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – League Conference Concert

This program will be live webcast Tuesday, June 6
at 7:30 pm EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live.

 

To celebrate the launch of the League of American Orchestras’ 75th anniversary and its 2017 national conference in Detroit, Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducts the DSO in an engaging program to include Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s thrilling, satirical Seven Deadly Sins with multifaceted vocalist and Detroit resident Shara Nova. This 20th century theatrical masterpiece is presented alongside several exciting contemporary works: Mohammed Fairouz’s Pax universalis, dedicated to children who have fallen victim to global conflict; former DSO Lebenbom Award winner Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark; Michigan native Jonathan Bailey Holland’s “Equality” (featuring the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou); and Mason Bates’ homage to Detroit Techno “Warehouse Medicine” from The B-Sides. The concert kicks off with a special performance by the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra (DSYO) conducted by Oriol Sans.

Artists
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Shara Nova, vocalist
Hudson Shad, vocal quartet
Dr. Tonya Matthews, narrator

Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra
Oriol Sans, conductor
Joshua McClendon, cello

Program
KEVIN PUTS Hymn to the Sun (DSYO)
ELGAR Cello Concerto (DSYO)
Intermission
MOHAMMED FAIROUZ Pax universalis
WEILL The Seven Deadly sins, Ballet Chante
JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND “Equality” Text by Dr. Maya Angelou (Used by permission of Caged Bird Legacy, LLC)
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Something for the Dark
MASON BATES “Warehouse Medicine” from The B-Sides: Five Pieces for Orchestra & Electronica