Peninsula Symphony Presents Concerto-Fest at San Mateo PAC
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The last date listed for Peninsula Symphony: Concerto-Fest was Friday March 20, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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this was a very interesting program. the concerto soloists were all excellent, particularly heidi hau on the piano. she was very exciting as a performer and gave an interesting talk, which was unusual, just before her performance. the bassoonist was very intellectual and excellent in his two pieces. and the tuba soloist was very good as well, but a tuba concerto is just a tuba concerto--and he did everything he could to make it exciting. the concert was very entertaining and a great first exposure for me to the peninsula symphony. i'd say there were a few second violins that were very flat, but the whole group sounded most excellent during the shostakovich. i liked it all except for the first elgar piece. i'd definitely go to peninsula symphony again given this performance. it was an interesting program played with passion by the concerto soloists.
San Francisco tuba virtuoso Zachariah Spellman will play Vaughan William’s Tuba Concerto, a work described by Music Director & Conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein as “a magnificent and utterly delightful concerto for tuba and orchestra.” Then we will welcome one of San Francisco’s favorite performers, bassoonist Rufus Olivier, to our stage for two wonderful concertos: Vivaldi’s lovely Concerto in E minor, and Weber’s stunning tour-de-force, the Andante and Hungarian Rondo.
Finally, the outstanding pianist, Heidi Hau, joins us to perform Shostakovich’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major. This is one of Shostakovich’s most enchanting and dance-like works. “It has a sense of bubbling, pulsating energy and moments of deeply intimate sweetness – it is really a masterwork,” states Klein.
Forming bookends around the performances of these three spectacular soloists, the Symphony will perform two virtuoso orchestral works: opening the program with Elgar’s tribute to the city of London, Cockaigne; and ending with Rimsky-Korsakov’s thrilling Capriccio Espagnol.