Hungarian conductor and Canadian pianist join forces for enduringly popular work born out of friendship
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 14:35
Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra opens the New Year with special guests that are highly sought after in the classical music scene today. Hailed as a “young titan” by the Montréal Gazette, Hungarian conductor Gregory Vajda returns to the Francis Winspear Centre for Music for this Landmark Classic Masters performance. Favourite guest pianist Katherine Chi, known for her utmost technical distinction and commanding performance quality, will graciously appear in place of Dubravka Tomšič, to perform the glittering Second Piano Concerto of Camille Saint-Saëns. Due to a family emergency, Ms. Tomšič is unable to make her ESO debut at this performance.
Katherine Chi, the first Canadian and the first woman to win Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition, is an in-demand concerto soloist. Composed in only 17 days and dedicated to friend Franz Liszt, Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto in G minor is graceful, and delicate, yet brisk and vigorous – elements that effortlessly match Ms. Chi’s pianistic abilities to exude warmth and expression.
Antonín Dvořák’s radiant and robust Sixth Symphony in D major can actually be considered his first in a significant sense. The work, which marks the composer’s full maturity as a symphonist, was not only Dvořák’s first symphony to be heard outside his own country, but also the first to be composed at the request of a major conductor. The Sixth Symphony – rich in melodic contours so distinctly Dvořák – is one of the most captivating symphonies of its time.
Completing the first concert program of 2011 will be the ESO premiere of Jean Coulthard’s Canadian Fantasy. Based on French-Canadian folk melodies, the three movements of the work are richly interconnected and effectively master Coulthard’s use of orchestral resources.
Arrive early on Saturday for Symphony Prelude with D.T. Baker – 7:15 pm in the Upper Circle (Third Level) Lobby – to gain detailed insight into the program of music that will be heard.
Ticket prices 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
Sensational Scottish percussionist Colin Currie joins Bill Eddins and your ESO for the next Landmark Classic Masters concert. On January 22nd, 2011
, hear H.K. Gruber’s percussion concerto Rough Music and underestimated works by Beethoven and Stravinsky.
Thank you to our Landmark Classic Masters series sponsor Landmark Classic Homes and our series media sponsor CKUA Radio Network.