Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Gluck “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orfeo and Euridice
Vivaldi Two Trumpet Concerto
Plog Two Trumpet Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
Scott Speck conductor
Bill Denton trumpet
Robert Sullivan trumpet
Anthony Plog composer and speaker
Art Davis, trumpet; Zvonimir Tot, guitar NEXT! Foyer Music
This Valentine’s Day weekend, the Chicago Philharmonic explores the astonishing lengths that people will go to for love. Beethoven’s Leonore Overture is named for the ultimate faithful spouse who risks everything, in disguise as the jailer’s assistant, Fidelio, to free her wrongly imprisoned husband. In “Dance of the Blessed Spirits,” Orpheus literally goes to Hell and back for his beloved wife. Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony lives in the sweet embrace between an endlessly reverent pilgrims’ processional and the wild abandon of the final tarantella. Trumpeters Bill Denton and Robert Sullivan put great faith in their technique – and each other – in a pairing of two virtuosic concertos. From Vivaldi to Plog, these pieces are full of exhilarating exchanges that push the instruments to their limits.
The Chicago Philharmonic’s 2016-17 season is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.
Photography by Elliot Mandel