The Columbus Symphony Celebrates Debussy in the Impressionistic Scenes Program April 13 & 14
CSO to World Premiere New Commission by Composer Saad Haddad
In commemoration of Debussy in the centennial of his death, Music Director Rossen Milanov and the Columbus Symphony reveal a world of impressionistic wonder in this program that includes two of Debussy’s most iconic works—Nocturnes featuring the Columbus Symphony Women’s Chorus and La Mer. The program also includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 performed by special guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and the world premiere of a new commission by composer Saad Haddad titled Risala,
The Columbus Symphony presents Impressionistic Scenes at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at 8pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance.
Prelude – As part of the CSO’s Subject Matter lecture series, Dr. Lawrence Krissek from The Ohio State University’s School of Earth Sciences, will preface the evening’s program with a lecture titled “Moods and Views of the Ocean.”
Postlude – Directly following the performance, patrons are invited to stay in the auditorium and enjoy a talk-back with the evening’s artists.
Mozart to Matisse
Impressionism and the Sea, Wednesday, March 21, 2pm, Columbus Museum of Art (480 E. Broad St.)
In collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA), this lecture will explore the perspectives of Monet, Manet, and Renoir—how each views the sea and the activities of those whose lives unfolded in or around the maritime environment. The event will conclude with a chamber music performance by CSO musicians. Tickets are $5 for CMA members or $20 for non-members (which also includes admission to the museum) and can be purchased by calling CMA at 614.629.0359.
About CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov
Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain.
Milanov has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. He has appeared with the symphonies of Colorado, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, and Fort Worth, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall “Link Up” education projects with Chicago’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Civic Orchestra.
Internationally, Milanov has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Suisse Romand, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aalborg, Latvian, and Hungarian National Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico, Colombia, Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte, New Zealand, and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa. In the Far East, he has appeared with the symphonies of NHK, Sapporo, Tokyo, and Singapore, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Noted for his versatility, Milanov is also a welcome presence in the worlds of opera and ballet. Most recently, he collaborated with Komische Oper Berlin (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk), Opera Oviedo (Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazzepa and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle that was awarded best Spanish production for 2015), and Opera Columbus (Verdi’s La Traviata).
About guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein
American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the US Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many “Best of 2007” lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.
About composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91)
The most prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, Mozart composed more than 600 works in his lifetime, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence is profound on subsequent Western art music. According to Mozart’s own catalogue, his Piano Concerto No. 23 was finished on March 2, 1786, two months prior to the premiere of his opera, Le nozze di Figaro, and three weeks prior to the completion of his next piano concerto, which would be completed on March 24. It was one of three subscription concerts given that spring and was probably played by Mozart himself at one of these.
About composer Saad Haddad (b. 1992)
Haddad is a composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic music who achieves a “remarkable fusion of idioms” (New York Times), most notably in his work exploring the disparate qualities inherent in Western art music and Middle Eastern musical tradition. His music delves into that relationship by transferring the performance techniques of traditional Arab instruments to Western symphonic instruments, while extending their capabilities through the advancement of technology. Commissioned by the Columbus Symphony and Music Director Rossen Milanov, Risala (pronounced ree-SA-leh), or “message” in Arabic, aims to convey how society portrays meaning through messages, and how they can change over time as they pass through the hands of different people.
About composer Achille-Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Debussy was a French composer and one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed. Completed on December 15, 1899, Nocturnes is an orchestral composition in three movements inspired by a series of impressionist paintings, also entitled Nocturnes, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. La mer is an orchestral composition completed between 1903 and 1905. The piece was initially not well received, but soon became one of Debussy’s most admired and frequently performed orchestral works.
The Columbus Symphony presents IMPRESSIONISTIC SCENES
Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14, 8 pm
Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.)
In commemoration of Debussy in the centennial of his death, Music Director Rossen Milanov and the Columbus Symphony reveal a world of impressionistic wonder in this program that includes two of Debussy’s most iconic works—Nocturnes featuring the Columbus Symphony Women’s Chorus and La Mer. The program also includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 performed by special guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein, and the world premiere of a new commission by composer Saad Haddad titled Risala, Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. www.columbussymphony.com
The 2017-18 season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Robert W. Stevenson, Preston Davis, and Kenneth L. Coe and Jack Barrow funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all its citizens.
About the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the only full-time, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 200,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.