“Spring Enchantment” at the Symphony
May 6th, 2011
Omaha, NE – This weekend, the Omaha Symphony celebrates the season with some whimsical music and special guests.
The Omaha Symphony will present â€œSpring Enchantment,â€ a voyage with fantastic themes and a riddle or two. JoAnn Falleta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, is the guest conductor. Opening the concert is an arrangement Falletta prepared of the music from Prokofievâ€™s ballet, Cinderella. The ballet, while comic at times, is no Disney story.
â€œI like to say itâ€™s a film noir Cinderella,â€ Falleta said, â€œin which we get to see this sort of dark underpinning but with music of absolute beauty.â€
The guest soloist is Julian Schwarz, who will be playing the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1.
â€œEverything he wrote, to me, is a jewel, and this cello concerto is like that,â€ she said. â€œIt exploits all of the wonderful possibilities for the cello: the virtuosic character, and its songfulness, as well. It sort of brings a sweetness and sense of cantabile, and expressivity to the cello that makes it a classic and Iâ€™m so glad weâ€™re doing that.â€
The Second half of the program opens with Mendelssohnâ€™s â€œCalm Sea and Prosperous Voyageâ€ overture, and moves along to the Enigma Variations of Sir Edward Elgar, a work that portrays Elgarâ€™s inner circle.
â€œElgar wrote this piece as something of a love letter to friends who meant a great deal to him,â€ Falleta said. â€œHis wife of course is one of the variations, a music critic who believed in him when no one else did, students, friends, people who were important to him are in these â€œEnigma Variations,â€ and each little variation is a snapshot portrait of someone he loved.â€
The Omaha Symphonyâ€™s â€œSpring Enchantmentâ€ concerts are on stage at the Holland Performing Arts Center downtown at 8 pm Friday and Saturday.
Listen to the full interview with JoAnn Falleta[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/long-form.mp3]
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