The program will include Symphony No. 38, ‘Prague’ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Symphony in D by Josef Mysliveček; Piano Concerto No. 1, Opus 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven with pianist Bart van Oort and Sounds of Moldavia Waltz by Johann Strauss, Sr. The concert will be conducted by Thomas Crawford.
Dutch pianist Bart Van Oort makes his ACO debut with this concert. A leading authority in performance practice on early pianos, he is a professor at the Royal Academy in The Hague. Mr. Van Oort will perform on a replica of a 1791 Anton Walter fortepiano as played by Beethoven.
The concert will be preceded by a Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:00PM by Maestro Thomas Crawford.
Prague is an ancient and fabled city that has attracted Europe’s greatest musicians for centuries. The city remained enamored of Mozart even in his later years. The young Beethoven chose The Golden City to premiere his first piano concerto with himself as soloist.
Long before Mozart’s popular successes in Prague, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus had befriended and admired Prague’s finest composer Josef Mysliveček, a favorite Czech musician, he wrote compositions in all idioms, opera, chamber music, and symphony. The ACO will perform a high-spirited Symphony in D, scored for oboes, horns and strings that was premiered in Prague around 1770.
The great Prague Symphony, written in 1786, is considered by musicians, scholars, and audiences alike to be among Mozart’s most important masterpieces. The work starts and ends with a significantly higher level of virtuosity than all his earlier symphonies. The writing for wind instruments is more advanced, the rhythms more complex, the harmonies more varied than ever. The opening flourishes burst out with unprecedented command.
Beethoven was in his late twenties when he composed his first of five ingenious piano concertos. Yet, already by the time he premiered Concerto No. 1 in Prague in 1800, he was experiencing hearing loss. He developed an early reputation as a piano virtuoso and composer, and his contributions to the piano concerto genre would be seminal. The debut of his first major concerted work was a great success. This was due to his emergence as a revolutionary thinker and a bold new voice in the already popular piano concerto genre. No one in Prague, nor anywhere else, had heard such a use of the piano, such radical key changes, such extraordinary dynamic contrasts, as Beethoven employed in his very first concerto.
The Collegiate Chorale presents Kurt Weill's "Knickerbocker Holiday", directed by Ted Sperling, performed for two nights in concert version on January 25 and 26, 2011 at 8pm at Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, NYC. The cast will include Ben Davis, Christopher Fitzgerald, Victor Garber, David Garrison, Kelli O'Hara, and Bryce Pinkham. Ted Sperling will direct and James Bagwell will conduct. Single tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.collegiatechorale.org, or by phone at (646) 202-9623.
Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson teamed up for the first time to create this delightful romantic comedy. First performed in 1938 with Walter Huston in the role of Peter Stuyvesant, the work is one of Weill's deft hybrid theater pieces which lies somewhere between operetta and musical theater, and also contains bits of political satire. The famous pop standard "September Song" first appeared in "Knickerbocker Holiday". The cast includes Victor Garber as Stuyvesant, Ben Davis as Brom, Bryce Pinkham as Washington Irving, David Garrison as Tienhoven, Kelli O'Hara as love interest Tina, and Christopher Fitzgerald as faithful sidekick Tenpin. The production is directed by Ted Sperling and conducted by James Bagwell with The Collegiate Chorale and the American Symphony Orchestra.
The Collegiate Chorale's 69th season continues with "We Remember Them: Choral Music from the Camps and the Ghettos" on March 10, 2011 at 7pm at Central Synagogue, and "Something Wonderful - A Night of Broadway with Deborah Voigt", conducted by Ted Sperling, on May 19, 2011 at 7pm at Carnegie Hall. Deborah Voigt will be joined by featured guest artist Paulo Szot.
Single tickets for all concerts can be purchased by calling The Collegiate Chorale at (646) 202-9623 or by visiting www.collegiatechorale.org.