CSO's FATHER & SON Program Features Guest Conductor James Sommerville, Now thru 11/3
James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, combines his solo and conducting skills for this immensely enjoyable program featuring a pair of attractive concertos by the Mozarts-father Leopold's Horn Concerto in D and son Wolfgang Amadeus' Horn Concerto No. 3. Rounding out the bill are Haydn's enchanting "Surprise" symphony, and operatic master Rossini's most familiar work, the merry overture to his comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.
The Columbus Symphony presents Father & Son at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.) tonight, November 1, at 8pm; Saturday, November 2, at 8pm; Sunday, November 3, at 3pm. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, andwww.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance. Young people between the ages of 13-25 may purchase $5 PNC Arts Alive All Access tickets while available. For more information, visit www.GoFor5.com.
The 2013-14 Masterworks Series is made possible through the generous support of season sponsors Anne and Noel Melvin.
About guest conductor James Sommerville: James Sommerville is Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. The winner of the highest prizes at the Munich, Toulon, and CBC competitions, he has pursued a solo career spanning 25 years and has brought critically acclaimed appearances with major orchestras throughout North America and Europe. His disc of the Mozart Horn Concertos with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra won the JUNO Award for Best Classical Recording in Canada. Other award-winning CBC recordings include Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and Canticle. Sommerville has recorded chamber music for the Deutsche Gramophon, Telarc, CBC, Summit, and Marquis labels. He is also a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom he tours and records regularly.
About composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868): Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies IL Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola, and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell. A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname "The Italian Mozart." Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history. The Barber of Seville premiered on February 20, 1816, at the Teatro Argentina, Rome. The first performance was a disastrous failure with audience hissing and jeering throughout. Likely fueled by rival composer Giovanni Paisiello, the second performance was a rousing success.
About composer Valentin Silvestrov (born September 30, 1937): Silvestrov is a Ukrainian pianist and composer of contemporary classical music perhaps best known for his post-modern musical style; some, if not most, of his works could be considered neoclassical and post-modernist. Using traditional tonal and modal techniques, Silvestrov creates a unique and delicate tapestry of dramatic and emotional textures, qualities which he suggests are otherwise sacrificed in much of contemporary music.