Concerts & Tickets
“Tchaikovsky’s first true masterpiece”: Romeo and Juliet
Dismissed by its composer as “a very noisy piece”, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is likely his most oft-performed composition, a depiction in sound of Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s Grande Armée. Just as popular is the composer’s first musical rendering of a
Shakespeare play, the fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, with its musical portrayals of the young lovers’ passion against the background of their families’ seething mutual hatred. The radiant soprano Allison Pohl will take the stage for a bouquet of romantic songs by Richard
Strauss. Two masterly explorations of classical forms will launch this wide-ranging program: Bach’s “Little” Fugue in g, and the haunting Passacaglia of Ljubica Marić (considered the most important of 20th century Serbian composers).
"Serene cheer and warm sunshine”: Brahms’ Second
To conclude this significant season in the Philharmonic’s history, the orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, the sunniest of its composer’s four symphonies and a perennial audience favorite. Adding to the luster of the program is the local debut of eminent violinist Joanna Kurkowicz, the leading exponent of the violin music of Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), whose Violin Concerto No. 4 will round out the season’s lineup of U. S. premieres. The program opens with the Northwest premiere of Margaret Bonds’ Montgomery Variations, written in tribute to the march for equal voting rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1965.