David BernardGuest Conductor
“Firebird” Suite (1919)
We welcome guest conductor David Bernard, music director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and an internationally-recognized conductor, to lead the orchestra in a program dedicated to storytelling through musical tone painting. The brilliant orchestration and vivid colors brimming from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite depicts a tale of a prince freeing his beloved from the spell of an evil spirit. Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”, featuring the BSO’s co-concertmaster Hannah Finkelberg, depicts the powerful narratives of “The Arabian Nights”—including the alluring storyteller Scheherazade, shipwrecks, thieves and the bustling markets in ancient Baghdad—with a captivating combination of energy and passion.
“Orpheus in the Underworld” Overture
“Pelleas et Melisande” Suite
“Façade” Suites 1 & 2
An American in Paris
At the top of the concert several movements from William Walton’s orchestral suite based on his 1922 “Façade, an Entertainment,” settings of surreal poems by Edith Sitwell. Finally, George Gershwin’s inimitable ballet music “An American in Paris.” We may need to import real Rio taxi cabs!
“Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy Overture
Felipe Tristan, BSO Assistant Conductor
El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat or Le tricorne)
The BSO’s assistant conductor Felipe Tristan begins this program with Tchaikowsky’s musical depiction of Shakespeare’s tragedy – soaring love theme and swordfights included! Maestro Nick Armstrong continues with three Spanish-flavored works, the highly colorful “Capriccio Espagnole,” de Falla’s “El sombrero de tres picos ", and – bring on the snare drum players – Ravel’s “Bolero” which he described as one huge orchestral crescendo…. Shades of Rossini?
Overture to “Semiramide”
Hsin-Yun Huang, soloist
Symphony No. 7 in A
“Semiramide,” Rossini’s opera seria, begins with this riotously festive overture, containing one of Rossini’s most delightful “crescendo” passages. Bartok’s Viola Concerto, in the hands of celebrated soloist Hsin-Yun Huang, shows the composer’s feelings at the end of his life, the devastation of WWII, but also his profound love for the folk music of his native Hungary. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony ends this first program, the lilting masterpiece that Richard Wagner dubbed “the Apotheosis of the Dance.”