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2018 MASTERWORKS SERIES

Masterworks I

Ode to Love ~ Ode to Joy

BERNSTEIN

Serenade (After Plato’s “Symposium”)
– Leonid Sigal, violin

BEETHOVEN

Symphony No. 9, op. 125, D minor (Choral)

DATES & VENUES

JANUARY 17
Wednesday  |  7:30pm
Eissey Campus Theatre
Palm Beach Gardens

JANUARY 18
Thursday | 7:30pm
Community Church
Vero Beach

JANUARY 19
Friday | 4:00pm & 8:00pm
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Stuart

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Learn More About Bernstein

Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion, after Plato’s Symposium

  • This piece is considered to be one of Bernstein’s most lyrical orchestral works.
  • Bernstein stressed that Serenade has “no literal program” but it relates directly to literature – inspired by his re-reading of Plato’s charming dialogue, The Symposium.
  • According to Bernstein, “The music, like the dialogue, is a series of related statements in praise of love, and generally follows the Platonic form through the succession of speakers at the banquet.”
  • This piece made its world premiere debut on September 9, 1954 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy.
  • Violinist, Isaac Stern, was the solo violinist accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Leonard Bernstein himself.
  • Bernstein dedicated Serendae to the memory of his mentor, Serge Koussevitzky and his first wife, Natalie Koussevitzky.

About Bernstein

  • Leonard Bernstein was a composer and conductor, most notably for the New York Philharmonic.
  • He composed for small ensembles, symphony orchestras, Broadway, film and opera houses.
  • Best known for his score to West Side Story.
  • Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 in 2018.  Bernstein at 100 is a world-wide celebration of an extraordinary man and talent.

Source: leonardbernstein.com

Learn More Featured Artist, Leonid Sigal
  • Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Russian born musician Leonid Sigal has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader.
  • Winner of several violin competitions and recipient of 1993 Meadows Artistic Scholarship Award, he moved to the U.S., where in 1995 he was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas in 1995 to a prestigious fellowship at the New World Symphony, where he also studied conducting with Mr. Thomas.
  • A devoted chamber musician, he has collaborated with Mstislav Rostropovich, Evgeny Kissin, Edgar Meyer, Joseph Silverstein, James Ehnes, and Roberto Diaz among others. He appears with the Miami Friends of Chamber Music and is a frequent guest with the Avery Ensemble.
  • In 2007 he inaugurated and became Artistic Director of the highly praised Sunday Serenades chamber music series at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
  • Currently also serving as Concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, previous posts include Associate Concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the Miami Chamber Symphony.
  • Mr. Sigal is also a faculty member at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School.
Learn More About Beethoven

Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, op. 125 

  • Also known as Beethoven’s “Choral” Symphony but it isn’t until the finale that it includes a full chorus and vocal soloists whose lyrics are taken from Friedrich Schiller’s poem,  “An die Freude” (“Ode to Joy”).
  • Adding a chorale voices to a symphony was an unconventional idea during Beethoven’s day.
  • Beethoven was so profoundly deaf at the time of its musical permiere on May 7, 1824 that it took one of the musicians to turn him around in order to see the response of the cheering audience.
  •  This work was Beethoven’s final complete symphony.
  • This symphony has been an accompaniment in various movies such, Dead Poets Society,  A Clockwork Orange, Die Hard and Get Smart.

Source: classicfm.com, britannica.com

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Masterworks II

Songs & Dances

PROKOFIEV

Classical Symphony,  op. 25,
(Symphony No. 1)

 

BARBER

Concerto, Violin, op. 14
Sirena Huang, violin 

Winner of the Inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

SCHUMANN

Symphony No. 2, op. 61, C major

DATES & VENUES

FEBRUARY 14
Wednesday  |  7:30pm
Eissey Campus Theatre
Palm Beach Gardens

FEBRUARY 15
Thursday | 7:30pm
Waxlax Center at St. Edward’s School
Vero Beach

FEBRUARY 16
Friday | 4:00pm & 8:00pm
Lyric Theatre
Stuart

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Learn More About Prokofiev

Symphony No. 1 in D Major, op. 25 “Classical Symphony”

  • Prokofiev named his Symphony No. 1 the “Classical Symphony” because he sought to compose a symphony in the Classical style, inspired greatly by the Classical master, Joseph Haydn.
  • Prokofiev was only 26 years old and a student at the conservatory at St. Petersburg when he composed his Symphony No. 1 in D Major.  His teachers were so amazed by his originality with this piece and awarded him the Anton Rubstein Prize in piano for an outstanding performance of his own first large-scale work. 

About Prokofiev

  • Prokofiev was also active in the field of opera which included The Gambler,  The Love for Three Oranges and War and Peace.
  • In addition, Prokofiev wrote several ballets such as Romeo and Julliet and Cinderella.
  • During the 1920s and early ’30s, Prokofiev toured western Europe and the US with great success as a pianist which brought him new commissions for the 50th Anniversary of the Boston Symphony (Sympony No. 4 in C Major) and the Library of Congress (String Quartet No. 1).
  • Prokofiev visited Hollywood on his last trip abroad and studied the technical problems of sound film.
  • His work in theatre and cinema gave rise to suites such as the Lieutenant Kije suite, the Egyptian Nights suite, and the symphonic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf.

Source: Britannica.com 

Learn More About Barber

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 14

  • This is Samuel Barber’s only existing concerto for violin.
  • The Concerto was commissioned by wealthy soap businessman, Samuel Fels, who besides selling soap for a living, was the father of one of Barber’s classmates at the Curtis Institute of Music.
  • In privacy, Barber gave the peice its own nickname, “Concerto da Sapone” or the Soap Concerto.
  • The Concerto’s popularity springs mostly from its intensely soulful second movement.
  • The Concerto brought Barber new international success and a second Pulitzer Prize.  His first Pulitzer was awarded for his opera, Vanessa.

About Samuel Barber

  • Samuel Barber was an American composer born in West Chester, PA and attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
  • He studied piano, composition, singing and conducting.
  • Barber’s Symphony No. 2 was commissioned by The U.S. Army Air Forces, in which he used an electronic instrument to imitate radio signals for air navigation.  Later this was replaced by an E-flat clarinet.
  • For the opening of its new home at Lincoln Center in 1966, The Metropolitan Opera commissioned Barber to compose an opera, Antony and Cleopatra (based on Shakespeare).

Source: NPR.org, ClassicFM.com, Britannica.com

Learn More About Guest Artist, Sirena Huang
  • At the age of 23, American violinist Sirena Huang is rapidly building an international reputation as a young string virtuoso of outstanding potential – praised for her ‘impeccable technique, deeply expressive phrasing and poetic weight’. (Violin Channel)
  • Sirena began violin lessons at the age of four, and made her orchestra solo debut with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at age nine.
  • Since 2003, Huang has been selected three times as one of ten “Exceptional Young Artists” worldwide at the “Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Study” at Juilliard School.
  • Sirena has been featured as a soloist with over forty orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.
  • Huang recently won the inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition in Boca Raton.
  • Huang is in her first year at the Yale School of Music.

Source: Violinist.com, Violinchannel.com, music.yale.edu

Learn More About Schumann

Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61

  • The premiere of this symphony was played by the New York Philharmonic in 1854 at the Broadway Tabernacle in NYC.
  • The inception of Symphony No. 2 is recorded in a letter to Felix Mendelssohn where Schumann expresses, “Drums and trumpets in C have been blaring in my head.  I have no idea what will become of it.”
  • Schumann had been mentally unstable all his life with the year after his marriage to Clara Schumann being one of his most challenging due to nervous breakdowns. The Second Symphony was part of a healing process of healing for Schumann and sketched out his essential vision of the work in December 1845.

About Schumann

  • Many of Schumann’s best-known piano pieces were written for his wife, pianist Clara Schumann.
  • Due to the pressures of his family, Schumann reluctantly left the study of music to enter the University of Leipzig as a law student.   
  • Practicing with great ambition, Schumann set his sights on becoming a virtuoso pianist.  His mother agreed to let him continue studying music. 
  • An unfortunate accident to one of his fingers on his right hand put an end to his virtuoso career goals and moved him into composing.
  • Schumann was a composer of many songs but Clara pressed him to broaden his scope and write for the orchestra. 

Source: britannica.com, kennedy-center.org,ny-phil.org

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Masterworks III

Amadeus

MOZART

Serenade No. 6, K. 239, D major
(Serenata notturna)

 

MOZART

Concerto, Flute & Harp, K. 299 (297c),
C major
– Tina Apelgren, flute
– Kay Kemper, harp

MOZART

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

DATES & VENUES

MARCH 14
Wednesday  |  7:30pm
Eissey Campus Theatre
Palm Beach Gardens

MARCH 15
Thursday | 7:30pm
Waxlax Center at St. Edward’s School
Vero Beach

MARCH 16
Friday | 4:00pm & 8:00pm
Lyric Theatre
Stuart

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Learn More About The Pieces

Serenade No. 6 in D Major, KV. 239

  • The Serenade No. 6 is also known as Serenata notturna or Night Serenade.
  • Serenades, divertimentos, and nocturnes were often used for various social events and parties.
  • The Serenade features somewhat of an unusual ensemble: two solo violins, viola and a double bass accompanied by strings and timpani, which creates constant musical variety.

Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C Major, K. 527

  • This concerto is the only piece in Moazrt’s catalogue that was written to showcase a solo harp.
  • It is one of two “double concertos” written by Mozart.
  • The piece was commissioned by the Duc de Guines, an amateur flutist who intended to play the concerto along with his daughter who wa a harpist.
  • Speculation exists that Mozart was never paid for his commission.

Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

  • Also referred to as “The Great G Minor Symphony” in order to distinguish it from the “Little G Minor Symphony.  The two are the only existing minor key symphonies that Mozart wrote.
  • Mozart’s No. 40 Symphony is arguably the most popular of all Moazrt’s forty-one written symphonies.
  • The first movement melody was often used in mobile phones from the 90’s and has been used in a variety of film & commercials.
  • This Symphony was written in an extremely productive period of Mozart’s life.  In  just a few weeks he wrote his 39th, 40th and 41st symphonies.

Source: britannica.com, wikiwands.com, wikipedia.com

Learn More About Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • Born in Austria, Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music.
  • He wrote in all musical genres of his day.
  • By the age of 6 he was writing his own compositions.
  • He composed his first great mass, aged 12 – Misa Brevis in G
  • At the age of 13, Mozart was appointed an honorary Konzertmeister at the Salzburg court.
  • At the age of 14, he wrote his first opera, Mitridate Re di Ponto.
  • He married Constanze Weber in 1782. They had six children, but only two survived infancy.
  • Mozart earned a substantial sum from his successful operas, but he was extravagant in spending and often ended up in financial difficulties.

Source: biography.com, britannica.com, biographyonline.net

Learn More About Featured Artist, Tina Apelgren
  • One of the most sought after flutists in Florida today, Christina Burr Apelgren is Principal Flute of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and the Brevard Symphony,  and has been a featured soloist with both orchestras numerous times.
  • In addition to her regular positions, she is also a frequent performer with the Naples and Orlando Philharmonics.
  • In 2003 Ms. Apelgren was awarded the first ever “mARTi” award given by the Martin County Council for the Arts in which she was named “Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year”.
  • Many in South Florida also know “Tina” as a radio personality through her work on WQCS, the local NPR station. She was the popular host of an afternoon music show for many years and is still heard as a frequent guest on the station.
  • Born in New York City, Ms. Apelgren attended the Juilliard School while still in high school, and later earned a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she was a student of Keith Underwood.
  • Ms. Apelgren is considered  one of the area’s most gifted teachers, with a large and active private studio.
Learn More About Featured Artist, Kay Kemper
  • Classically trained harpist and musician, Kay Kemper has had over 30 years professional playing experience.
  • A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, her teachers include Joan Harrison Ceo, Lucile Lawrence and Alice Chalifoux.
  • Kay has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela. She has also participated in the summer music festivals at the Interlochen National Music Camp, Tanglewood Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.
  • A versatile performer, Kay enjoys giving lecture recitals, playing chamber music, or providing ambience with background music. She has performed on 3 cruise ships and seen many different ports around the world.
  • As an active freelance musician in South Florida since 1990, Kay performs regularly with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and Palm Beach Symphony, the Palm Beach Pops, Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony in Ft. Myers, as well as various private functions in the area.
  • She maintains a private teaching studio and has just completed a 4 year term as President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Harp Society.
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Masterworks IV

Firebrands & Passions

HANNAH LASH

Rappaport Prize Winner

 

PROKOFIEV

Concerto, Piano, No. 3, op. 26, C major
Alon Goldstein, piano

BRAHMS

Symphony No. 2, op. 73, D major

DATES & VENUES

APRIL 4
Wednesday  |  7:30pm
Eissey Campus Theatre
Palm Beach Gardens

APRIL 5
Thursday | 7:30pm
Waxlax Center at St. Edward’s School
Vero Beach

APRIL 6
Friday | 4:00pm & 8:00pm
Lyric Theatre
Stuart

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Learn More About Hannah Lash
  • Hailed by the New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” Hannah Lash’s music has been performed at the Times Center in Manhattan, the Chicago Art Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, Harvard University, The Chelsea Art Museum, and on the American Opera Project’s stage in New York City.
  • Commissions include The Fromm Foundation, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, The Naumburg Foundation, The Orpheus Duo, The Howard Hanson Foundation’s Commissioning Fund, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and School, among many others.
  • In addition to performances of her music in the USA, Lash’s music is well known internationally. In April of 2008, her string quartet Four Still was performed in Kyev in the Ukraine’s largest international new music festival, “Musical Premieres of the Season,” curated by Carson Cooman.  In the summer of 2010,her piece Unclose  was premiered by members of the Eigth Blackbird at the MusicX festival in Blonay, Switzerland.
  • Lash obtained her Ph.D in Composition from Harvard University in 2010. She has held teaching positions at Harvard University (Teaching Fellow), at Alfred University (Guest Professor of Composition), and currently serves on the composition faculty at Yale University School of Music.

    Source: HannahLash.com

Learn More About Prokofiev

Concerto, Piano, No. 3, op. 26

  • Prokofiev gathered musical ideas for a decade before finally compiling them into what would become his Concerto, Piano, No. 3.
  • The concerto was premiered with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1921.
  • A recording exists of Prokofiev playing his concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Piero Coppola.

    About Prokofiev

  • Prokofiev was also active in the field of opera which included The Gambler,  The Love for Three Oranges and War and Peace.
  • In addition, Prokofiev wrote several ballets such as Romeo and Julliet and Cinderella.
  • During the 1920s and early ’30s, Prokofiev toured western Europe and the US with great success as a pianist which brought him new commissions for the 50th Anniversary of the Boston Symphony (Sympony No. 4 in C Major) and the Library of Congress (String Quartet No. 1).
  • Prokofiev visited Hollywood on his last trip abroad and studied the technical problems of sound film.
  • His work in theatre and cinema gave rise to suites such as the Lieutenant Kije suite, the Egyptian Nights suite, and the symphonic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf.

    Source: Britannica.com 

Learn More About Guest Artist, Alon Goldstein
  • Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming.
  • He has played with the Philadelphia orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic , Los Angeles and Radio France Orchestra.
  • He played under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Peter Oundjian, Yoel Levi, Yoav Talmi, Leon Fleisher and others.
  • Last season Mr. Goldstein had a concert tour in China performing the Mozart concerti nos. 20 and 21 arranged for piano and string quintet. This same program was featured also at the Ravinia festival as well as New York’s Town Hall to sold out houses.
  • Over the past several years he has also taught and played at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, New York’s International Keyboard Festivalm Piano Texas, Gijon Piano Festival and “Tel Hai” international piano master classes held in Israel.

    Source: AlonGoldstein.com

Learn More About Brahms

Symphony, No. 2, op. 73, D major

  • This symphony is most recognized by its cheery, almost pastoral mood along with its incredible lyricism.
  • Brahms was often inspired, yet intimidated, by the giants in symphonic writing like Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn which keep him from writing a symphony unitl he was forty-two years old.
  • Brahms is considered the leading composer among those who embraced the traditional ideals of abstrace music as opposed to music drama and tone poems.

    Source:brittanica.com

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