Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart Present RADU LUPU This Weekend
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart present Radu Lupu tonight and tomorrow, January 24-25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The program features pianist Radu Lupu who reunites with Edo de Waart for Brahms's First Piano concerto. Their 1974 recording of the work is still considered a benchmark performance. The program also features Schumann's Manfred Overture and James Macmillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie.
Both concerts include Meet the Music, a free, interactive pre-concert discussion held in the Anello Atrium, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Schumann's Manfred Overture, Opus 115 was composed in 1848 and premiered in 1852. Schumann felt a special kinship to the works of English writer and poet Lord Byron, particularly his dramatic poem Manfred. Though Byron did not intend Manfred to be staged as a play, Schumann was commissioned to write incidental music for a stage production in Weimar, Germany. Upon completion, Schumann wrote to Liszt that he "felt it is one of the finest of my brain children, and I wish you may agree with me."
James Macmillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie was composed and premiered in 1990 by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms. The Scottish composer/conductor has emerged in the past twenty years as one of the most important musicians of his generation. The piece recounts the story of Isobel Gowdie, a woman who in 1662 confessed to joining a coven of witches in Scotland and was subsequently strangled at the stake. The composer wrote, "This work is the Requiem that Isobel Gowdie never had."
Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Opus 15 was composed from 1854-1858. After attending a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 1854, Brahms was inspired to tackle larger-scale symphonic forms. He began conceptualizing a large-scale sonata for two pianos in the same key of D minor as Beethoven's Ninth. It took four years to fully take form, and ultimately evolved into the First Piano Concerto. The concerto is in many ways grander than any concerto that came before it, both in
length and scope.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The 2013.14 season is Edo de Waart's fifth as the sixth music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is also chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and conductor laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guest conducting highlights include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, NHK Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Washington's National Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Los Angeles
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Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As an opera conductor, Mr. de Waart has conducted at Nikikai Opera, Geneva Opera, Opera de Bastille, Santa Fe Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera. Semi-staged and concert opera performances include Der Rosenkavalier (The Metropolitan Opera), Bluebeard's Castle (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra), and The Rake's Progress (Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). He regularly conducts an opera with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic as part of the Concertgebouw's Zaterdag Matinee series.