Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Written between the World Wars in 1936, British composer Vaughan Williams' melodic plea for peace not only draws from the traditional mass, but also from a trio of powerful poems by Walt Whitman. This stirring cantata is set to be performed by the Masterworks Festival Chorus, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and vocal soloists under the baton of conductor Richard Bjella. The concert also features an appearance by conductor-composer Z. Randall Stroope and the National Festival Chorus, who'll sing some of Stroope's own pieces, along with several hymns and traditionals. Learn More
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Absolutely wonderful performance. Bernard Haitink is truly a remarkable conductor and the subtleties of the Mendelssohn were delightful. The audience was spellbound. Narrator Sir Thomas Allen made the story especially fun and delightful. The pianist for the Ravel Piano Concerto for Left Hand - Jean-Yves Thibaudet - was energetic and lively and just plain superb. He should go far! It was a concert not to be missed.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Erin Morley, soprano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Sir Thomas Allen, narrator
The Girls of Anima (Emily Ellsworth, artistic director)
Ravel – _ Alborada del gracioso _
Ravel – Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (complete Incidental music)
Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink launches his fall residency with a delightful program of Ravel works, including the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with esteemed artist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He also conducts the CSO’s first performances of Mendelssohn’s complete incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with extracts from Shakespeare’s fantastical play edited by Ara Guzelimian.
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