Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn to Return to Chamber Orchestra for SCHUMANN | HAYDN, 4/6-7
An always anticipated occasion for audience and orchestra alike, Conductor Laureate Ignat Solzhenitsyn returns to the Chamber Orchestra podium for a play/conduct program that will undoubtedly brim with the passion, panache and vivacity his concerts unfailingly deliver. The program features Haydn's famous "Surprise" Symphony and two highly expressive works by Schumann and Britten.
A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Orchestra will perform on April 6 at 2:30 pm and April 7 at 7:30 pm in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater. Tickets for Chamber Orchestra performances are $24 to $81. The Sunday matinée performance will be followed by "Classical Conversations," a brief question-and-answer session with Maestro Solzhenitsyn.
It is thought that if Robert Schumann had not injured his finger as an aspiring young virtuoso, the history of 19th century piano music may have taken a very different path. Because of his injury, piano concertos that Schumann's career seemed to promise never materialized, and most of his piano works that came to light are mainly expressive, solo works. However, one of his works for piano and orchestra is his Introduction and Allegro Appassionato (Concertstück), Op. 92. It is the second of three one-movement works and is an attractive piece because of its effective and unconventional tonal scheme.
Benjamin Britten | Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10, for String Orchestra
The premiere of Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge at the 1937 Salzburg Festival confirmed then twenty-three-year-old Britten's status as one of the most promising figures in the international music scene. The piece was dedicated to his teacher, Frank Bridge, who was instrumental in developing Britten's technique, and helped with focusing his artistic voice insisting, "You should find yourself and be true to what you found." This sentiment is evidenced in the Bridge Variations through the variation titles based on specific models in Western musical tradition, and the expressive and intense feel of the music with technical subtlety, which is evidenced throughout his career.