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September 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MUSIC FROM TCHAIKOVSKY, MOZART, AND RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
Did You Know?
Sheherazade is named after the storytelling heroine of One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of largely Middle Eastern and Indian stories whose tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sindbad the Sailor have almost become part of Western folklore.
The four movements, each of which carries a descriptive title, share thematic material, including a sinuous melody portraying Sheherazade herself, and a stern motive that represents Sultan Shahriar. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov graduated from the Russian Naval Academy in 1862 and soon afterward sailed on a clipper ship that anchored in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Brazil, Spain, Italy, France, England and Norway. That voyage confirmed his fascination with the sea, which is reflected in several of his works, including Scheherazade, Sadko, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia. (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)
Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien is a richly descriptive portrait of Italy, written when he spent three months in Rome in 1880. While in the Eternal City, he experienced Carnivale, absorbing the Italian folk music and street songs. He incorporates them in the piece, including a bugle call that he overheard from his hotel played by an Italian cavalry regiment. (Source: Classic FM)
Mozart’s piano concertos he focused on writing substantive work for the solo instrument, with exceptionally refined scoring and extraordinary emotional range. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)
About The Musicians
Angela Cheng, Piano
Praised for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty, and superb musicianship, Canadian pianist Angela Cheng is one of her country’s national treasures. She has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, St. Louis, Houston, San Diego, Indianapolis, Syracuse, Utah, and Colorado.
“One of the best Mozart players around, Cheng has a particularly powerful sound, but one so focused that it always seems transparent and sparkling. Her playing was clean, crisp, and flawless…”
A professor of piano at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Angela has been Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, as well as the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition.
Artwork courtesy of Jorge Garza at The Art Fussion