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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!

San Francisco Symphony – Music For Families: Once Upon an Orchestra

San Francisco Symphony – Music For Families: Once Upon an Orchestra

“Once upon a time” begins some of the most beloved fairytales of all time, and it’s easy to imagine how enchanting the accompanying music is in the ballets, plays, and Disney movies these tales inspired. Dress up as your favorite storybook character and experience the musical storytelling of fairytales as the SF Symphony performs selections from Beauty and the BeastSwan LakeCinderellaMother Goose, and more.  

Don’t forget to bring a fairytale book to get signed by a surprise guest!

Come early and collect stamps in your musical passport, and enjoy lobby activities such as the instrument petting zoo, coloring stations, and our conductor photo station. Ticket holders receive free online materials to enhance musical discovery at home.

Christian Reif – Conductor

Samuel Faustine – Tenor

Glinka – Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila

Humperdinck – Prelude to Hänsel and Gretel

 

Prokofiev – Waltz and Midnight from Cinderella

 

Rimsky-Korsakov – The Tale of the Kalander Prince from Scheherazade, Opus 35

 

Tchaikovsky – Opening of Act II from Swan Lake

 

Alan Menken/Howard AshmanThe Little Mermaid Suite

 

Alan Menken; arr. Troob, Danny – Music from Aladdin

 

Alan Menken – Transformation from Beauty and the Beast

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra – From Spain with Love

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra – From Spain with Love
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
David Giménez, conductor
Cañizares, guitar
FALLA – El Amor Brujo Suite

RODRIGO – Concierto de Aranjuez

GRANADOS – Goyescas: Intermezzo

BIZET – Carmen Suite No. 2

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Capriccio Espagnol

Our musical trip to Spain begins with Falla’s El Amor Brujo Suite, a tale of unrequited Andalusian love. Then, revel as Flamenco legend Cañizares plays Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranquez, a guitar concerto of haunting beauty. Rimsky- Korsakov’s brilliantly orchestrated Capriccio Espagnol concludes our Spanish musical tour led by David Giménez.

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra – From Spain with Love

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra – From Spain with Love
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
David Giménez, conductor
Cañizares, guitar
FALLA – El Amor Brujo Suite

RODRIGO – Concierto de Aranjuez

GRANADOS – Goyescas: Intermezzo

BIZET – Carmen Suite No. 2

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Capriccio Espagnol

Our musical trip to Spain begins with Falla’s El Amor Brujo Suite, a tale of unrequited Andalusian love. Then, revel as Flamenco legend Cañizares plays Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranquez, a guitar concerto of haunting beauty. Rimsky- Korsakov’s brilliantly orchestrated Capriccio Espagnol concludes our Spanish musical tour led by David Giménez.

Radio ReBroadcast – Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms

Radio ReBroadcast – Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms

Iowa Public Radio Broadcast – Symphonies of Iowa – Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms – Recorded Jan 30/31 2016.

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Suite from The Snow Maiden 
SHOSTAKOVICH   Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS   Symphony No. 4

Gerard Schwarzconducting
Julian Schwarzcello 

Conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and he has earned international acclaim for his more than 100 orchestral recordings. He was the first American to become Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and he has received 13 Grammy Award nominations and two Emmy Awards. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ sweeping Fourth Symphony. He is joined by his son, Julian Schwarz, first-place winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, in Shostakovich’s impassioned First Cello Concerto – a unique father and son collaboration.

Radio ReBroadcast – Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms

Radio ReBroadcast – Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms

Iowa Public Radio Broadcast – Symphonies of Iowa – Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwarz conducts Brahms – Recorded Jan 30/31 2016.

On your computer?  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN (link at the top of the page)

On a mobile device? CLICK HERE to download the Public Radio Player App

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Suite from The Snow Maiden 
SHOSTAKOVICH   Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS   Symphony No. 4

Gerard Schwarzconducting
Julian Schwarzcello 

Conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and he has earned international acclaim for his more than 100 orchestral recordings. He was the first American to become Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and he has received 13 Grammy Award nominations and two Emmy Awards. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ sweeping Fourth Symphony. He is joined by his son, Julian Schwarz, first-place winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, in Shostakovich’s impassioned First Cello Concerto – a unique father and son collaboration.

Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwartz conducts Brahms

Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwartz conducts Brahms

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Suite from The Snow Maiden 
SHOSTAKOVICH   Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS   Symphony No. 4

Gerard Schwarzconducting
Julian Schwarzcello 

Conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and he has earned international acclaim for his more than 100 orchestral recordings. He was the first American to become Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and he has received 13 Grammy Award nominations and two Emmy Awards. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ sweeping Fourth Symphony. He is joined by his son, Julian Schwarz, first-place winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, in Shostakovich’s impassioned First Cello Concerto – a unique father and son collaboration.

Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwartz conducts Brahms

Des Moines Symphony – Gerard Schwartz conducts Brahms

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV   Suite from The Snow Maiden 
SHOSTAKOVICH   Cello Concerto No. 1
BRAHMS   Symphony No. 4

Gerard Schwarzconducting
Julian Schwarzcello 

Conductor Gerard Schwarz is world-renowned for his leadership at the Seattle Symphony and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and he has earned international acclaim for his more than 100 orchestral recordings. He was the first American to become Musical America’s Conductor of the Year, and he has received 13 Grammy Award nominations and two Emmy Awards. At the invitation of Joseph Giunta, he leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ sweeping Fourth Symphony. He is joined by his son, Julian Schwarz, first-place winner of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, in Shostakovich’s impassioned First Cello Concerto – a unique father and son collaboration.