Adele Anthony, conductor and violin
PHILADELPHIA, PA, October 26, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, announces the second concert program of its 2012-2013 season. The orchestra will perform All Bach on November 4, 5 and 6. The program features winner of Denmark's Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, conductor and violinist Adele Anthony.
The November 4 2:30 p.m. and November 5 7:30 p.m. concerts will be performed in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater as part of the 2012-2013 subscription series. The November 6 7:30 p.m. concert will be performed at the Temple University Performing Arts Center's Lew Klein Hall on North Broad Street.
Tickets for Chamber Orchestra performances are $24 to $81. The Sunday matinee performance will be followed by "Classical Conversations," a brief question-and-answer session with Ms. Anthony.
On the program are Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066, Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048, and Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068.
It is uncertain when Bach wrote his Suite No. 1 in C major, as with the rest of his orchestral suites. They are among the most famous orchestral works dating from before 1750, and what we know about their origins suggests they were more likely intended for a fairly small chamber ensemble. The suites' distant antecedents can be traced to the short, sharply accented dances of renaissance, and even medieval times. Like most Baroque music, Bach's suites do not depend of the long-range building and release of dramatic tension for their effect.
Because the various genres in Bach's catalogue divide sharply into periods that correspond with the progress of his career, it is no surprise that his violin concertos date from 1717 to 1723, when he was conductor and Director of Chamber Music to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Cothen. His Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major showcases the violinist's technical command of the violin, in addition to their senses of emotion, poetry, fantasy and wit.
Composers in the 18th century were mostly treated as servants, including Bach. This is evident in the dedication letter of his six Brandenburg Concertos, in which Bach signs as "Your Royal Highness' most humble and most obedient servant" in writing to Prince of Prussia, Markgraf Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg. Like No. 6, Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major is written for string instruments only.
Bach's Suite No. 3 in D major is probably the most popular of his four orchestral suites - the Air movement being most familiar because of an arrangement by August Wilhelmj, entitled Air on the G string, that followed in the late nineteenth century. There are two schools of thought for when this piece, in addition to his other suites, was composed. The Leipzig party believes Bach wrote the Third Suite from 1729 to 1731 while he was an active member of the Collegium Musicum - a group of musicians that met in the city to play music on an intimate scale. The other school of thought believes Bach wrote the suite around 1722 when he had tenure as music director of the Cothen court.
Conductor and violinist Adele Anthony has been enjoying an acclaimed and expanding international career since her triumph at Denmark's 1996 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition. She soloed with prestigious orchestras in the United States, across the globe, and is also an active chamber musician. She has collaborated with her husband Gil Shaham on a number of recordings, and holds many awards and prizes from the Australia Council, the South Australian Government, and The Queen's Trust. Ms. Anthony studied at the Conservatory of the University of Adelaide with Beryl Kimber until 1987, and continued her studies at New York's Juilliard School with Dorothy Delay among others.
Friday Conversations at the Philadelphia Art Alliance will take place on November 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM where guests can engage in open conversation with Adele Anthony about the 'All Bach' program, her musical career and more. Following, guests will have the opportunity to chat and mingle over complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. General Admission is $5. Free entry is offered to Chamber Orchestra subscribers and Philadelphia Art Alliance members. Friday Conversations is broadcast live on www.brandywineradio.com
. The Philadelphia Art Alliance is located at 251 South 18th Street in Philadelphia. For information about Friday Conversations, call 215.545.4302 or visit www.philartalliance.org
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM
Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' Perelman Theater
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Temple Performing Arts Center's Lew Klein Hall
Adele Anthony, conductor and violin
Bach / Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Bach / Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042
Bach / Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Bach / Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Kimmel Center Performances $24 - $81
215.893.1709 or www.chamberorchestra.org
Temple Performing Arts Center Performance $25
215.204.9860 or www.templeperformingartscenter.org---
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