Venue: Overture Hall
Friday, March 15, 2024
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Sunday, March 17, 2024
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Well, you are about to play a major role in determining the outcome of this concert! I wanted this to be a popular symphonic work, so I chose three works for you to decide on: Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony, Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. I also left a chance for you to write in your own suggestion. It will be fun to see how this turns out. The first half of the concert opens with a fun work titled Loco by Jennifer Higdon, followed by the return of another favorite artist of mine, Steven Isserlis who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as one of the world’s foremost cellists. He will perform Kabalevsky’s second cello concerto, a premiere for the MSO. Subscribe and VOTE! – John DeMain, Music Director
Jennifer Higdon, Loco
Dmitri Kabalevsky, Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 77
Audience Choice (Subscribe & cast your vote by August 11!):
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 “Pastorale”
Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Op. 35
Your Write in Selection
Program Notes will be available in Fall 2023.
John DeMain, Music Director
Steven Isserlis, Cello
Enjoy a 30-minute talk starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
An extraordinarily moving performance where time, very briefly, seemed to stand still.
… it was the presence of Steven Isserlis that catapulted a stupendous recital into the category of the unforgettable …
Kay Schwichtenberg and Herman Baumann
Skofronick Family Charitable Trust
Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.
As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, London Philharmonic and Zurich Tonhalle orchestras. He gives recitals every season in major musical centres, and plays with many of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, including the Australian, Mahler, Norwegian, Scottish, Zurich and St Paul Chamber Orchestras, as well as period-instrument ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello in classical programmes.
Recent and upcoming highlights include performances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Mozartwoche; the US premiere of Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, following world and UK premieres in Lucerne and at the BBC Proms, and a further performance of the work in Amsterdam with the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by the composer; Prokofiev’s Concerto Op. 58 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, in London and at the Dresden Music Festival; and Haydn’s C major Concerto with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Adam Fischer.
The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis’s honours include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, and the Piatigorsky Prize in the USA. He is also one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was awarded the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award in Dresden, the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal, and the Walter Willson Cobbett Medal for Services to Chamber Music.
He gives most of his concerts on the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius of 1726, kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.