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11
January 2020
Saturday
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

Song of the Night

Performers:

Joseph Swensen – conductor
Waldemar Żarów – clarinet
NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra

Programme:

S. Barber Adagio for strings
L. Bernstein Sonata for clarinet and piano (arranged for orchestra by S. Ramin)
A. Copland Appalachian Spring 
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P. Tchaikovsky Serenade for strings in C major op. 48


 

Joseph Swensen / fot. Łukasz Rajchert

If one had to choose one American Composer who was most influenced by Kurt Weill, it would have to be Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990). Less than ten years after Weill completed his Seven Deadly Sins, the 23 year old Bernstein published his first piece, a Clarinet Sonata. The work, over the coming decades would enter the repertoire of every serious clarinetist on Earth. (One of the earliest memories of my infancy was hearing my parents endlessly rehearse this piece in our tiny New York City apartment!)
Two years after the publication of Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata, Aaron Copland (1900–1990) celebrated the premier of his ballet Appalachian Spring, a collaboration with the extraordinary American choreographer Martha Graham. In some ways Appalachian Spring follows in the footsteps of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. The Romantic vision of bucolic country living has been a fascination for many composers in spite of the fact that sophisticated urban intellectuals like Copland and Beethoven had little direct knowledge of what life was really like for rural people. For Copland, rural life is simply exotic. A source of inspiration similar to what orientalism was for Puccini in Madame Butterfly and primitivism was for Stravinsky in Le Sacre du Printemps.

Samuel Barber (1900–1981) wrote many wonderful instrumental works but for me his greatest music, like Weill, Copland and Bernstein was for the theater. His opera, Vanessa was one of the first operas I ever conducted and remains one of my favorite pieces. The Adagio for Strings (1936), by far his most beloved work has some unintended theatrical associations due to its use in many popular Hollywood films, most famously, Platoon (1986).

Joseph Swensen

 

Tickets:
SEAT TYPE KINDS OF TICKETS PRICES
VIP
  • VIP Ticket
80 PLN
I kategoria
  • Zone I Normal Ticket
  • Zone I Reduced Ticket
  • NFM for Young Musicians
60 PLN
50 PLN
20 PLN
II kategoria
  • Zone II Normal Ticket
  • Zone II Reduced Ticket
  • NFM for Young Musicians
  • NFM for Young Musicians
50 PLN
40 PLN
10 PLN
20 PLN
III kategoria
  • Zone III Normal Ticket
  • Zone III - Reduced Ticket
  • NFM for Young Musicians
  • NFM for Young Musicians
40 PLN
30 PLN
10 PLN
20 PLN
VIP Room
  • VIP Room
70 PLN
Bilet VIP Room gwarantuje wstęp do sali VIP Room w przerwie koncertu i ważny jest tylko z biletem na koncert.

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