Event Description

Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa leads The Symphony Orchestra in an epic afternoon of symphonic music including Glinka’s exuberant and heroic Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla, Shostakovich’s breathtaking Cello Concerto No.1 featuring International Cellist and 2011 TED Senior Fellow Joshua Roman, and selections from Tchaikovsky’s monumentally romantic Swan Lake. Join us for a FREE preview talk one hour before the concert. Subscription packages and individual tickets available. Tickets from $22.
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Concert Notes

Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla
Born June 1, 1804, Novospasskoye
Died February 15, 1857, Berlin

This dazzling overture is all that lives on from Glinka’s opera Russlan and Ludmilla, first produced in St. Petersburg in 1842, when the composer was 38. Russlan and Ludmilla was inspired by the fairy-tale poem of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. Intrigued by Glinka’s plan to write an opera based on his poem, Pushkin had planned to supply the libretto but was killed in a duel before he could, and Glinka had to turn to others for help. The scenario was supplied by Glinka’s friend Konstantin Bakhturin “in a quarter of an hour while drunk,” and

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107
Born September 25, 1906, St. Petersburg
Died August 9, 1975, Moscow

Shostakovich met Mstislav Rostropovich when the cellist was still a teenager and soon became the young man’s composition teacher at the Moscow Conservatory. Even after Rostropovich went on to a brilliant solo career, he remained close to the composer, and in 1959 Shostakovich wrote a concerto for his former student. The Cello Concerto No. 1, dedicated to Rostropovich and conceived with his phenomenal abilities in mind, has become one of the most frequently performed and recorded of all cello concertos, but

Excerpts from Swan Lake, Op. 20
Born May 7, 1840, Votkinsk
Died November 6, 1893, St. Petersburg

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is such a favorite of audiences around the world that it comes as a surprise to learn that the ballet was an abject failure at its premiere. Tchaikovsky, then a young composition teacher at the Moscow Conservatory, had been commissioned by the Imperial Theaters to write music for a production of this new ballet at the Bolshoi, and he worked on the score from August 1875 until April 1876. The first

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Joshua Roman

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa

Meet The Composers

Feb 16

Don’t miss the second of our 2017-2018 Concert Recital series featuring Joshua Roman, International Cellist and 2015 TED Senior Fellow, joined by pianist Gilles Vonsattel. Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer and curator.

Concert Recital: Joshua Roman