Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Golijov
February 7, 2016, 2:00 pm
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston
Scott Speck, Conductor
Visceral Dance Chicago, Special Guests
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons
PIAZZOLLA: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
GOLIJOV: Last Round
Next! Foyer Music: Richard Scofano, Bandoneon
Join the Chicago Philharmonic for an afternoon of stunning string music in Eight Seasons. Antonio Vivaldi’s four short violin concertos known as The Four Seasons form the centerpiece of this concert. Argentina’s greatest tango composer and master of the bandoneon, Astor Piazzolla, pays tribute to Vivaldi with a tango masterpiece, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The critically acclaimed Chee-Yun performs the solo violin parts in both works. And in turn, the living Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov honors the tangos of Piazzolla with Last Round.
Visceral Dance Chicago joins the orchestra for Last Round, with the world premiere of choreography by Nick Pupillo. To enhance the afternoon’s orchestral music by Argentinian composers, the Chicago Philharmonic welcomes bandoneonist Richard Scofano to perform in the foyer.
Violinist Chee-Yun will replace David Perry in the Chicago Philharmonic’s performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Mr. Perry is unable to perform due to an injury. Chee-Yun’s illustrious career has included performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, tours under Michael Tilson Thomas, eight discs on the Denon and Naxos labels, and features on NPR’s Performance Today. Strings Magazine writes that Chee-Yun’s “technique is brilliant and utterly secure, her tone like butter, smooth, rich and flawless,” and the New York Times calls her “a talented instrumentalist, with the kind of high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener’s ear.” This concert marks her Chicago Philharmonic debut.
This program is made possible in part through the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and sponsors Von Maur and Kenneth Warren and Son. Thank you!
Banner photo by Elliot Mandel