Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents SEDUCTIVE RAVEL This Weekend
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents Seductive Ravel this weekend, September 27-28, 2013, led by guest conductor Roberto Abbado. The performances open with Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D major featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich, followed by Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus directed by Lee Erickson. Both concerts include Meet the Music, an interactive pre-concert discussion beginning one hour prior to concert start time in the Anello Atrium.
Following Friday's concert, join guest artists for Friday Talkback, a Q&A session in the Anello Atrium. Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D major was composed and premiered in 1931. The work began as a commission from publisher Willy Strecker and the virtuoso violinist Samuel Dushkin. Because Stravinsky was never entirely comfortable writing for the violin, Dushkin worked with him throughout the compositional process and provided valuable advice in regards to the possibilities and limitations of the violin. The first movement exhibits Stravinsky's neo-classical style, and two more movements follow. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé was composed from 1909-1912.
Sergei Diaghilev, who founded Ballet Russes, brought Ravel and his choreographer, Michel Fokine, together in 1909 and commissioned a ballet score. The ballet's subject is the fourth century Greek romance, "The Pastoral Loves of Daphnis and Chloé," attributed to the author Longus. Though written with the ballet aesthetic in mind, Ravel referred to his work as a "symphonic score." In many ways, it is his most ambitious work, prompting Igor Stravinsky to proclaim, "It is not only Ravel's best work, but one of the most beautiful products of all French music."
He opened a new production of Macbeth by Bob Wilson at Teatro Comunale in Bologna and then took it on tour to Hong Kong, and then led La Traviata at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, staged by Ferzan Özpetek. Abbado also conducted a new production of Mozart's Così fan tutte staged by Davide Livermore at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.
Abbado's 2011.12 season included a triumphant performance of Rossini's La Donna del Lago at La Scala, Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust staged by Terry Gilliam at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, and Donizetti's Anna Bolena staged by Graham Vick at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In 2012, Abbado was awarded again by the National Association of Italian Music Critics with the Franco Abbiati Prize for Mosè in Egitto at the Rossini Opera Festival as "Best performance and production."
Augustin Hadelich confirmed his place in the top echelon of young violinists. Last season, following stellar debuts with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood and his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, he made equally acclaimed debuts with the San Francisco, Dallas, New Jersey, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Toronto symphonies; Buffalo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic/Manchester, and the SWR Orchestra in Stuttgart.
This summer, he appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the New York Philharmonic at Vail, Britt Festival Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and La Jolla's SummerFest. Among Mr. Hadelich's 2013.14 season highlights include debuts with the Atlanta, Detroit, and Oregon symphonies and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as a recital at New York's Frick Collection celebrating the 75th anniversary of their concert series and a tour of China with the San Diego Symphony. Debuts abroad include the Bournemouth Symphony, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto/Portugal, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. , directed by Lee Erickson, has become one of the finest symphony choruses in the country.