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PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 01, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In a not-to-be-missed season finale, Music Director Dirk Brosse leads the Chamber Orchestra in two prominent and beloved works in the classical music repertoire. The All Tchaikovsky program opens with the composer's sonorous and colorful Serenade for Strings, and concludes with his virtuosic Violin Concerto, which will feature violinist Saeka Matsuyama, Prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition.
MAY 11 AND 12 AT THE KIMMEL CENTER
A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Orchestra's May 11 2:30 pm and May 12 7:30 pm concerts will be performed in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater. 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 Maestro Brosse and Ms. Matsuyama.
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, Op. 48
Tchaikovsky's reputation as a brilliant orchestrator is based mainly on works that call for a very large number of instruments, and the wider, richer range of sonorities and effects of the expanded 19th century orchestra. His Serenade is the exception to this rule; the final version, scored for strings alone, displays his orchestral mastery through only a modest medium of instruments. The piece draws many colors and a variety of sounds from the strings for a striking effect, and is enhanced through dynamics ranging from a wispy pppp to a vehement ffff, resulting in one of the most romantic and cheerful pieces Tchaikovsky ever wrote.
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Tchaikovsky's only violin concerto is one of the best in its genre. One of his most serenely conceived and skillfully crafted works, it alternates gentle principal themes with episodes of fiery bravura, highlighting the virtuosic skills of the solo violinist. Beginning on March 17, 1878, Tchaikovsky fully sketched the piece in eleven days, and completed the scoring two weeks later - just months before Johannes Brahms wrote his only Violin Concerto. Aside from being their singular violin concertos in each of their outputs, each of the pieces were both composed near a lakeside setting, they share the same key of D major - one of the most natural keys for the violin, and are a couple of the finest and most popular works in the violin concerto genre and in classical music.
Violinist Saeka Matsuyama is in demand as a soloist for orchestral engagements, recitals, chamber musician, and festival appearances both in the United States and abroad. She is a prizewinner of numerous prestigious competitions and awards including the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, Sendai International Music Competition, and Hannover International Violin Competition. Her concert schedule includes performances as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Osaka Century Philharmonic, and the Rheinische Philharmonie, in addition to recitals, chamber music appearances and competitions across the globe.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' Perelman Theater
Dirk Brosse, conductor
Saeka Matsuyama, violin
Tchaikovsky | Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, Op. 48
Tchaikovsky | Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Kimmel Center: $24 - $81 | chamberorchestra.org or 215.893.1709
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