Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in an evening of Russian music October 22
Program features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, plus Glinka and Koussevitzky
The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and principal guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, October 22 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). All the music on the program is from Russia, with works by Glinka, Koussevitzky, and Tchaikovsky.
The program opens with the Overture to Glinka’s opera Russlan and Ludmilla. Sergey Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto follows, in a performance by Nathaniel Chase, a winner of the 2010 Woolsey Competition. Koussevitzky, though remembered most for his conducting, was also a highly accomplished composer and double bass player who performed the work as soloist in its 1905 premiere.
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor will conclude the performance. The symphony uses a theme derived from Glinka’s first opera, A Life for the Czar, a small link between the first piece on the program and the last. Throughout the symphony’s four movements, this theme is gradually transformed from the darkness of the opening to the triumph of the finale.
Admission to the performance is free. MORE