Zuill Bailey Performs Ravel, Elgar, Ives & Strauss
Featuring works by Ravel, Elgar, Ives and Strauss, the final program of the season is action-packed indeed! Cellist Zuill Bailey, still a young man, has leapt to the forefront of cellists today. He is a masterful communicator, both on the concert stage and in master classes. He even demonstrated remarkable skill in front of the TV cameras when he played a role on the path-breaking HBO TV series Oz! His performance of Elgar's beloved Cello Concerto will leap out at the audience in one unbroken arc of expressive intensity. Ravel's La Valse is possibly the most overtly dramatic work that the composer wrote, an incremental deconstruction of the Viennese Waltz that by the end, whether by accident or design, turns virtually apocalyptic. Contrasting with the extreme sensuousness of Ravel is the stubborn modernist vision of the Charles Ives. In the Three Places in New England, Ives' signature use of layered simultaneous textures contributes to the feeling of an explosive piece of art that is also a political statement. Concluding the concert is Strauss's tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel. The madcap adventures of this rogue provide a hilarious conclusion to a concert -- and a season -- of rich and varied treasures. Don't miss this performance at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University.
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