Copland, Rachmaninoff, Hanson

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The time is nigh for a Howard Hanson revival.

This weekend (April 14 and 15), Music Director David Robertson leads the SLSO in works by Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Serge Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, “Romantic” (the source of the most memorable tune from the Alien soundtrack). The soloist for the Rachmaninoff piano concerto is Simon Trpceski.

My program notes can be read here:

https://tinyurl.com/yb2w3wsn

If you can’t make it to Powell Hall in person, tune in Saturday night at 8 PM CST to St. Louis Public Radio. That’s FM 90.7 for those of you in the broadcast range, or you can click on the livestream here:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/#stream/0

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Britten, Saint-Saëns, Vaughan Williams

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This weekend (March 10 and 11), guest conductor Cristian Macelaru leads the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in works by Britten, Saint-Saëns, and Vaughan Williams. Special guest soloist James Ehnes performs Saint-Saëns’s Third (and final) Violin Concerto.

My program notes begin on p. 26 and can be read here:

https://tinyurl.com/yc3ahfvv

Tune in at 8 PM CST to St. Louis Public Radio on Saturday, March 10. That’s FM 90.7 for those of you in the broadcast range, or you can click on the livestream here:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/#stream/0

Borodin and Tchaikovsky

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On December 2 through December 4, the Saint Louis Symphony performs works by Alexsandr Borodin and Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (pictured). Ward Stare conducts, with solo performances by David Halen, concertmaster, and Allegra Lilly, principal harp.

I wrote program notes for this concert, which appear in a slightly altered form in the printed program and on the STL Symphony website.

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All-Mozart, SLSO

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I wrote about an All-Mozart program for the St. Louis Symphony concerts of October 7 and 8, with special guest violinist Jennifer Koh, who performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Also on the program: Symphony No. 31 (“Paris”) and Serenade No. 9 (“Posthorn). My notes begin on p. 26. (Please excuse the typo in the penultimate line on p. 29; I would fix it if I could.)

http://tinyurl.com/zow4rqo

Romantic Projections

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The St. Louis Symphony performs Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Glanert’s Frenesia (in its U.S. premiere!), and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (with pianist Emanuel Ax) on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, 2015. My program notes start on p. 26.

http://tinyurl.com/qyu8bgz

First SLSO Youth Orchestra concert of the season: 11/24/13

My program notes for the first SLSO Youth Orchestra concert of the season, on Buxtehude/Chávez, Pärt, Britten, and Dvorák. The Youth Orchestra concerts are free (well, except for a $1 service charge for tickets). You should go.

http://www.stlsymphony.org/media/production/notes/4303.pdf

Get tickets for the concert here:

http://www.stlsymphony.org/youthorchestra/concerts.aspx

And yes, I realize that I am missing an important diacritical mark above, in a certain Czech composer’s name. I really ought to learn how to make that weird mark over the “r,” and I really ought to learn the name for it and stop calling it weird.