Music by Bartok and Kodaly, recorded live at the 2011 Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival in Waterloo. Performers include Lee Schmitz, Emily Osinski, Nathan Cook, Timothy Peters and Jennifer Stevenson.
Orchestra Iowa’s Chamber Players present their second concert of the season. Among the pieces performed is Bach’s Concerto for Violin, Viola and Continuo. The Chamber Players present Hurnik’s Sonata da Camera. Hurnik is known for his film scripts, radio plays and concerts for children. The music of Bach’s fifth child, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach graces the concert with the Duet for Flute and Violin. The concert continues with yet another work by Bach’s son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. W.F.
Kodály’s Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, sometimes referred to as the “Peacock Variations,” was commissioned in 1939 by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. For the main thematic material, Kodály chose an ancient Hungarian folk song titled Fly, Peacock Fly, the text of which metaphorically advocated for political freedom. Pianist Dror Biran joins Jason Weinberger and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony for a masterful performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.
Members of Orchestra Iowa’s Chamber Players bring to life Schubert’s String Trio in Bb Major which Schubert wrote during a time when he was involved in informal chamber music performances. The Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players also present a lively rendition of Mozart’s Trio in C Major, written in the summer of 1788. Finally, the Chamber Players will fill the air with Faure’s Piano Quartet in G minor. This piece is known for its tranquil and harmonically rich melodies.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony’s opening concert of their eighty-third season begins with selections from Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, a semi-opera adapted from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Composer and singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane joins the WCFSO for a performance of his recent work for baritone and chamber orchestra, Crane Palimpest. The program closes with Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, which he summarizes in his autograph score:
Iowa Public Radio’s 2012-2013 Symphonies of Iowa season kicks off with Maestro Giunta and the Des Moines Symphony opening their seventy-fifth season with music from the Austrian film composer, Ernest Korngold.
Tchaikovsky Gold Medalist Barry Douglas makes his Iowa debut with the Des Moines Symphony playing Rachmaninoff’s blazing third piano concerto. The sultry Danzon by Marquez has become a DMSO audience favorite. The orchestra’s Spirit of America season concludes with perhaps the most quintessentially American work – Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Orchestra Iowa’s 2011-2012 season concludes with a program featuring the music of Dvořák, Bartok and Shostakovich. Dvořák’s Slavic Dance No. 8 is from a series of pieces inspired by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is truly a piece that is meant to be heard live, as the strings are divided into two groups and placed antiphonally on opposite sides of the stage. Following a series of works denounced by the Communist Party, Shostakovich delivered a rousing symphony that not only pleased critics, but audiences too.
Maestro Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, leads the orchestra in an international collaboration culminating in a large-scale performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. This epic masterwork combines a non-liturgical setting of the Requiem Mass with nine poems by English poet and fallen World War I soldier, Wilfred Owen.
Violinist Miriam Fried joins Maestro Intriligator and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for a performance of the Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major. Written in 1878, the concerto features a rich thematic material, folk-like melodies and a fiery final movement. The DSO opens the concert with another dramatic favorite, Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, followed by his Symphony No. 39.