The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Celebrates its 50th Anniversary During Its 2014-2015 Concert Season
A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is thrilled to present its 50th Anniversary Concert Season. With classical masterpieces and an extraordinary roster of artists, the Chamber Orchestra showcases excellent musicianship and programming on an intimate scale - the characteristics that have most defined the ensemble over the past fifty years.
From September 2014 through May 2015, the Chamber Orchestra will perform seven concert programs as part of its subscription series. Six concert pairs will be performed in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater, with a seventh program held in Verizon Hall, for a not-to-be-missed performance celebrating the culmination of the Chamber Orchestra's 50th Anniversary.
September 14 & 15, 2014
Dirk Brosse?, conductor Di Wu, piano
Verdi: La Traviata: Prelude to Act III
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, Pastorale
Music Director Dirk Brosse? opens the Chamber Orchestra's 50th Anniversary Season with Prelude to Act III from Verdi's La Traviata. A romantic tragedy opera where the heroine was a courtesan, the sorrowful prelude sets the mood for the final act, where Violetta, the protagonist, is dying of an illness and a broken heart.
Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2 follows the Prelude, featuring a rising talent in classical music, Di Wu. Hailed as a "musically mature and sensitive pianist," she has performed as a soloist and recitalist across the globe. Ms. Wu is a coveted prize winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, The Juilliard School's Petschek Award winner, and The Virtuosi Prize winner at Lisbon's prestigious Vendome Competition.
Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, also known as his Pastorale Symphony, concludes the inaugural concert of the season. One of the only two symphonies he intentionally named, the piece exhibits Beethoven's fondness for nature and love for walks through the country outside of Vienna.
BAROQUE CONCERTI WITH
October 19 & 20, 2014
Hai-Ye Ni, conductor and cello
Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in E-flat major, RV 408 Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in A minor, RV 418 Tartini: Cello Concerto in D major
Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in B minor, RV 424 Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
Hai-Ye Ni, Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra, returns to the Chamber Orchestra stage in a play/conduct program, highlighting five charming Cello Concertos from the Baroque era. Three of Vivaldi's twenty-seven cello concerti will be heard on the program - his E-flat major, A minor, and B minor Cello Concertos. They date
from the early 1700's to the late 1730's, at a time when the cello was in its early days as a solo instrument. The explored relationship between the solo cello and the orchestra were evident over the years - the cello acted as more of a bass accompaniment in Vivaldi's earlier works, and slowly progressed to dialogue between the soloist and orchestra in his later pieces. The thought of solo cello as a furnishing to the bass line in the orchestra is also evident in Tartini's Cello Concerto, another work in the play/conduct program. It wasn't until the nineteenth century that the cello's soloistic possibilities as we know them today were unlocked.
Ms. Ni closes the program with Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major - a masterpiece that vanished, and was then rediscovered in 1961, almost two decades after it was written. Though deeply rooted in baroque concerto form, it is enriched with themes and a greater variety of material than the standard eighteenth-century concerto. It is thought to be one of Haydn's most successful concertos.
November 9 & 10, 2014
Dirk Brosse?, conductor Ayane Kozasa, viola
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op. 4
Stamitz: Viola Concerto in D major, Op. 1
Haydn: Symphony No. 84 in E-flat major, Hob.I:84
In the third concert of the 50th Anniversary Season, Maestro Brosse? leads the orchestra on a musical journey through Europe, beginning with Britten's Simple Symphony. Britten's talent was evident at an early age, and when he was twenty years old he
gathered material from his carefully preserved manuscripts - written from age nine to twelve - to use as the themes for this charming work.
Spotlight on Kozasa continues with Stamitz's Viola Concerto, one of the first solo works written for viola, featuring the Chamber Orchestra's own Principal Viola Ayane Kozasa. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, she is also a winner of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition, Astral Artists' National Auditions, the S&R Washington Award, and a prizewinner at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Ms. Kozasa's interest in chamber music has also led her to a number of concert appearances and to top music festivals across the United States.
The program closes with Haydn's Symphony No. 84, the third of his six "Paris" symphonies. Symphony No. 84 was commissioned by a popular concert subscription in Paris, and was written for a large orchestra, with emphasis on the woodwinds.
January 25 & 26, 2015
Augustin Dumay, conductor and violin
Mozart: Adagio in E major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 136
Mozart: Symphony No. 21 in A major, K. 134
The first pair of concerts in the New Year is another play/conduct program - this time, featuring conductor and violinist Augustin Dumay. One of the most prominent representatives of the great European classical tradition, Mr. Dumay leads an all Mozart
program, beginning with Adagio in E major, which was possibly written as a replacement for the second movement of the fifth and last of Mozart's Violin Concertos.
Mozart's five violin concertos were considered to be the turning point in his career, and it seems as if he found his mature writing style with the final three works in this genre. His Violin Concerto No. 3 offers a perfect balance between showcasing the soloist's virtuosity and thematic musical content, which are evident in all of his violin concertos.
Maestro Dumay then leads Mozart's Divertimento in D major, a piece written by the composer at the young age of sixteen. Along with his two other divertimenti (another term for chamber music) the piece to be heard at this concert demonstrates Italian musical influences he heard during his trip to Italy.
Mozart with Augustin Dumay culminates with Mozart's Symphony No. 21. Written shortly before Divertimento, influences from his trip to Italy are also evident in his 21st symphony. The imagination, audible colors, and richness of this work is astounding for a teenager, and it is even thought that the main theme was inspired by an aria in one of Christoph Willibald Gluck's operas.
MAHLER'S 4TH February 22 & 23, 2015
Dirk Brosse?, conductor Haeran Hong, soprano
Schoenberg: Verkla?rte Nacht, Op. 4
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major (Chamber Version)
Maestro Brosse? returns to the podium to lead the Chamber Orchestra and 2011 International Queen Elizabeth Competition Grand Prize winner, soprano Haeran Hong, in Schoenberg's Verkla?rte Nacht. Translated as "Transfigured Night," Schoenberg's work is based on a poem about the celebration of life by Richard Dehmel - a poet who greatly influenced Schoenberg's neo-romantic writing.
Concluding the program is Erwin Stein's chamber version of Mahler's Symphony No. 4. Known to be Mahler's lightest and most accessible symphony, the piece was originally written for 75-80 orchestral players, with Stein's arrangement (one of Schoenberg's best pupils) only calling for fifteen. This version allows for lines and melodies thought to be buried in the original orchestration to be more prominent. The chamber version was written for a performance for the Society for Private Musical Performances - a symposium founded by Arnold Schoenberg, where
listeners could hear quality performances of modern music, including arrangements of orchestral works.
OF ALL TIME
March 22 & 23, 2015
Nir Kabaretti, conductor Sean Chen, piano
Haydn: Overture to Armida
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595 Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor, MWV N 10 Verdi: String Symphony