MasterWorks 4: Tchaikovsky & Beyond
Wharton Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday January 11, 2014 8 PM
Tchaikovsky & Beyond
Guest Artist – David Requiro: Cello
TCHAIKOVSKY Suite from “Sleeping Beauty”
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major
STRAVINSKY Divertimento, Suite from “The Fairy’s Kiss”
TCHAIKOVSKY Suite from “Swan Lake”
Drama, passion and romance are but a few words that express these emotionally-compelling works. Tchaikovsky was a big influence on Shostakovich and Stravinsky, so this concert highlights his influence on two great Russian composers who followed him. First off this palette of musical colors is Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Suite from “Sleeping Beauty,” containing themes that will whisk you away to another world. Following with “fearless technique” (San Francisco Chronicle) is Naumburg winner, cellist David Requiro, performing the virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich. The second half features a four-movement suite, Divertimento, which Stravinsky pulled from his ballet, The Fairy’s Kiss. This Stravinsky piece paid homage to Tchaikovsky, resulting in a rather unique musical language for the composer. Stravinsky incorporated elements of Tchaikovsky’s style into the work, but always through his own Stravinskian Lens. Ending the program is Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic, Suite from “Swan Lake,” where you can find the unforgettable melodies associated with this beloved ballet.
Rachel, (517) 487-5001, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
750 E Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Few orchestras in the world possess the acclaim and regard held by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, led for over 20 years by the legendary Yuri Temirkanov. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is soul-stirring, with their deep string sound, luscious brass, and luminous winds. This performance features Rachmaninoff’s passionate Symphony No. 2, the most spellbinding of the composer’s three symphonies, as well as Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, one of the finest violin concertos ever composed. Touching, yet brimming with energy, this dynamic work features new violin star Vilde Frang as soloist. A definite season highlight – don’t miss your chance to hear the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in its first Wharton Center appearance!
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Royal Heirs Southern Gospel Group to Perform
Crossroads UMC, corner of Haslet and Zimmer Roads, Williamston
An evening of soul-stirring music is offered to the public with Southern style gospel of the Royal Heirs.
517-655-1466 or www.crossroadsofwilliamston.org