Thursday, 25 November 2010 13:24
Composer’s last work for orchestra features unusual combination of solo instruments
Rolston and Fewer play Brahms
Two of Canada’s most accomplished string players appear in your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Landmark Classic Masters series concert. Cellist Shauna Rolston and violinist Mark Fewer return to perform Brahms’ “Double” Concerto, an energetic work that blends the cello and violin in harmonious companionship. The ESO also performs Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 “Spring” at the hands of guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, one of America’s most exciting and promising young female conductors. Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin opens the program with Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.
Award-winning cellist Shauna Rolston is known for her blazing technique and compelling musical voice. Born in Edmonton, and daughter of former ESO Concertmaster Thomas Rolston, Ms. Rolston is a gifted prodigy with forthright musicianship. Mark Fewer, with his trademark versatility and down-to-earth approach, enjoys one of the most varied musical lives of his generation. Together, they will perform Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello, in which complex interplay with each other create the idea of a “super-stringed” instrument. Imitative and supportive passages of the rare combination of solo instruments offer a sonority and range that neither alone could offer.
Sketched in a mere four days, and orchestrated in roughly three weeks, Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony is a zestful and invigoratingly refreshing work that captures the sense of elation and joy that the arrival of the season brings. The ESO performs Schumann’s first symphonic work, filling the Winspear with warm orchestral colour and ambience on a cold, wintry night.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Rolston, Concertmaster of the ESO beginning in 1958, and Associate Conductor from 1960-64. Mr. Rolston taught at the University of Alberta until 1979, and was one of the cornerstones of the ESO and Edmonton’s musical life.
Ticket prices for this performance range from $20 – $71 (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online
Thank you to our Landmark Classic Masters series sponsor Landmark Classic Homes, our series media sponsors CBC and CKUA Radio Network, and Enbridge for their support of our Resident Conductor Program.