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Robert Moody, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10
- Music from one of the world’s most-performed operas, based on a play that was banned due to political rhetoric
- The piano concerto’s slow movement is one of the most memorable themes in music
- A glorious post-Stalinist symphony by one of the Soviet Era’s most persecuted artists
Revel in the humor of Mozart and the mid-winter rush of Shostakovich’s glorious Tenth Symphony, written in the months immediately following Stalin’s death. Guest pianist Orion Weiss, hailed by the Washington Post as “star power,” returns to the Stevens Center stage.
Orion Weiss, piano
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.
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One of the prevailing myths about Mozart’s opera, The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is it was a failure. While it was true that Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte, ran into difficulty with the theater censors and that the first run of the opera only had nine performances, it received the approbation of many Viennese aficionados. Furthermore, it went on to great success in Prague, which at the time was an integral part of the Austrian Empire. Mozart and da Ponte had a model for Figaro in the operatic adaptation by Giovanni Paisiello (libretto probably by Giuseppe Petrosellini) of the first play in Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais sequence, The Barber of Seville. Paisiello’s Barber was a big hit in Vienna, and Mozart and da Ponte eagerly seized the moment. Not wishing to miss the opportunity, Mozart composed the opera at lightning speed, completing it in roughly six weeks. It has been the judgment of history that Mozart and da Ponte created in Figaro the opera buffa (comic opera) sine qua non.…
Music Lovers' Luncheon
Fri, Jan 5, 2018 // 12:00 pm
1703 Restaurant, 1703 Robinhood Rd.
Enjoy a wonderful gourmet lunch served with a side of useful concert information! Join us as luncheon guests Maestro Moody and guest pianist, Orion Weiss discuss the week's program.
$25 per person, reservation required. Please call (336) 464-0145 or reserve via the link below: