2019 Season Highlights
OPENING NIGHT: Brilliant Thrills, July 5
DVOŘÁK – CARNIVAL OVERTURE
TCHAIKOVSKY – VIOLIN CONCERTO
Andrés Cárdenes, Violin
BEETHOVEN – SYMPHONY NO. 7
The season begins with a bright splash, Dvořák‘s Carnival Overture. It’s zippy, colorful and brilliant opening and closing surround a central poetic section which is simply beautiful. We will then perform one of the premier showpieces for the violin, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the fabulous soloist, Andrés Cárdenes and finish the night with Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No. 7. This opening program of core repertoire will provide tons of thrills.
CARNIVALS AND CLARINETS, July 11
BERLIOZ – ROMAN CARNIVAL OVERTURE
MOZART – CLARINET CONCERTO
Frank Cohen, clarinet
BARTÓK – MIRACULOUS MANDARIN SUITE
LISZT – HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY NO. 9
The exciting Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz provides an opening shot of adrenaline. The warm, essentially lyrical Mozart follows featuring Frank Cohen, the former Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra. Béla Bartók’s Suite from the Miraculous Mandarin ballet gives the orchestra a workout. The concert closes with Liszt’s cheery Hungarian Rhapsody Carnival in Pest.
COMPOSER PORTRAIT: ITTAI SHAPIRA, July 18
BRAHMS – TRAGIC OVERTURE
SHAPIRA – CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND SOPRANO, CHUNHYANG
Hila Plitmann – Soprano
PROKOFIEV – HIGHLIGHTS FROM ROMEO AND JULIET
Brahms’ Tragic Overture sets the stage for the world premiere of Ittai Shapira’s Concerto for Violin and Soprano, Chunhyang, the story of which is considered the Korean Romeo and Juliet. Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann performs. The concert concludes with highlights from one of the greatest ballet scores ever composed, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.
BACH, STRAUSS, & MOZART, July 25
BACH – OVERTURE FROM ORCHESTRAL SUITE NO.4
STRAUSS – HORN CONCERTO NO. 1
Molly Norcross, horn
MOZART – GREAT MASS IN C MINOR
Dan Perkins, Principal Guest Conductor
Melissa Wimbish, soporano
Susan Consoli, soprano
Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone
Polivnick leads the overture to J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4, a festive and exuberant outpouring of Baroque enthusiasm followed by Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 with Festival Principal Horn, Molly Norcross. The concert closes with guest conductor Dan Perkins leading the Festival chorus in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor.
SEASON FINALE: ORCHESTRAL MURMURINGS, August 1
TOWER – MADE IN AMERICA
Alyssa Wang, conductor
RACHMANINOFF – RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI
Misha Dichter, piano
WAGNER – FOREST MURMURS
RESPIGHI – PINES OF ROME
Conductor Alyssa Wang makes her Festival debut conducting Joan Tower’s wonderful Made in America, a work that cleverly develops the main tune of America the Beautiful.
Internationally-renowned pianist and recording artist, Misha Dichter makes his debut appearance in New Hampshire with the Rachmaninoff masterpiece Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Wagner’s Forest Murmurs from the opera Siegfried and Respighi’s iconic Pines of Rome bring the Festival’s 67th season to a dramatic close.