Monday, August 20, 2012

Mark Fry's Performance Calender 

Fall 2012

September 8-9, 2012
A Change in the Air
Dorian Wilson, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

Joyce Yang
Bates: Rusty Air in Carolina
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Guest conductor and ESO Music Director finalist Dorian Wilson leads a work by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, ESO favorite Joyce Yang and the sensational musicians of the ESO in the orchestra's sixty-third season opener.

The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

September 15, 19, 21, 23, 2012


See perhaps the most famous of all of Mozart's operas in a way you never have before! Sung in English, Chicago Opera Theater brings you even closer to the odd characters, surreal magic, and love gone crazy. Take the whole family to the first new Chicago production of this masterpiece in 17 years!
Chicago Opera Theater

(I'll be performing bass trumpet on excerpts from Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs)
September 22, 2012

Influence and Inspiration

7:30 p.m.
Coronado Theatre
Featuring Returning RSO Favorite Alon Goldstein
No other musical work has shaken Western culture as deeply as the four operas that make up Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelungs". Twenty-seven years in the making, it is the most comprehensive vision of the human experience ever presented on stage, and sent seismic shocks through the worlds of music, philosophy, poetry, art, and even politics. Enjoy the sonic splendor of one of history's greatest works, played in its original orchestral glory!
Less dramatic but equally as important were the contributions of Franz Liszt, who became the first superstar pianist. With great depth and style – much like Liszt – pianist Alon Goldstein returns to the RSO to perform Liszt's Concerto.

LisztPiano Concerto No. 2 in A major
Alon Goldstein, piano
WagnerThe Ring: An Orchestral Adventure


Sunday, September 30, 2012, 7 p.m. @ Pick-Staiger Hall

Alex Klein, Conductor
Arnaldo Cohen, Piano

Antônio Carlos Gomes Overture to the Opera "Il Guarany"
Osvaldo Lacerda Oboe Concerto

Liduino Pitombeira Seresta No. 7

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto

Jet off to Brazil to experience music inspired by this colorful country and performed by two of its sons—conductor and oboist Alex Klein and pianist Arnaldo Cohen. Audiences will get a rare glimpse into the power of Antonio Carlos Gomes’ music when we perform the Overture to his opera "Il Guarany". You will hear music meant to evoke the melodies and tonal colors of the inhabitants of the Amazon. Maestro Klein will then swap the baton for his trusty oboe as soloist performing Osvaldo Lacerda’s Oboe Concerto. Lacerda’s nationalistic voice is strongly influenced by Brazilian folklore, and you will hear a master of the oboe bringing the sounds of his homeland alive in this magical work. Luduino Pitombeira, a vibrant young Brazilian composer, showcases riveting rhythms and northeastern Brazilian harmonies. The evening will culminate with a dazzling performance of an audience favorite—Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. The resounding orchestra, the stately grandeur of the piano and the heartfelt second movement never fail to affect listeners for the first or tenth time. Tchaikovsky’s range of emotions takes audiences on a ride not to be forgotten and Arnaldo’s Cohen’s technique, interpretation and power will make this a Tchaikovsky not to be missed.

October 6-7, 2012
Night of Enchantment
Andres Franco, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

Elena Urioste
Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Copland: El Salon Mexico
Revueltas: La noche de los Mayas (The Night of the Mayas)
Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Fort Worth Symphony associate conductor Andres Franco takes the podium for this celebration of Latin music.  Two-time Sphinx award winner, violinist Elena Urioste, performs Piazzolla's Four Seasons, a folk and tango-inspired look at the year's changing intervals, interwoven with direct references to the better-known Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.  Revueltas' exciting La Noche de los Mayas, Copland's El Salon de Mexico and Marquez' Danzon No. 2  complete the program.
(Sunday's performance will be broadcast live on WFMT.)

Martinu- Symphony #2
Benjamin Britten- Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20
Frederic Cohen [ 2 pianos ]

WEDOct 17, 2012 - 7:30pm
FRIOct 19, 2012 - 7:30pm
SATOct 20, 2012 - 2:00pm
SATOct 20, 2012 - 7:30pm
SUNOct 21, 2012 - 2:00pm
THUOct 25, 2012 - 7:30pm
FRIOct 26, 2012 - 7:30pm
SATOct 27, 2012 - 2:00pm
SATOct 27, 2012 - 7:30pm
SUNOct 28, 2012 - 2:00pm

November 3-4, 2012
Pictures at an Exhibition
TBD, conductor
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
Daugherty: Ghost Ranch
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Galleries filled with images.  Painters who capture beauty, drama and tragedy with just a few strokes of a brush.  Rafael Payare, fresh off his win in the 2012 Malko International Competition for Young Conductors, leads the ESO as it creates its own canvas of sound, with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, and the Illinois premier of Michael Daugherty's tribute to Georgia O'Keefe, Ghost Ranch.

An Evening with Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John joins the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for a sparkling night of her greatest hits. You'll be Hopelessly Devoted to her as she ties more than 40 years of greatest hits into a huge orchestral experience at Miller Auditorium. From Xanadu to Grease, Physical to Have You Ever Been Mellow and more. Experience the songs that have become the soundtrack of our lives.

Don't miss this special concert event!

Tickets now available through the Miller Auditorium box office online or call (269) 387-2300.
Friday, November 9 at 8 pm

Elgin Symphony Orchestra
November 17-18, 2012
A Patriotic Salute
Stephen Squires, conductor
Henry Fogel, narrator
ESO Resident Conductor Stephen Squires leads the ESO in a salute to those who have sacrificed so much to protect this country.

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