"My best work": Tchaikovsky's Second

Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-1977) composed her exquisite and powerful Fairest of Stars, a setting of texts from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, in 1973; this final work by Williams to feature solo voice is presented in its U. S. premiere by soprano Stacey Mastrian, whose operatic and recital performances have garnered critical acclaim for “effortless mastery” and “showstopping heights”. Ms. Mastrian and the orchestra will also present Sibelius’ little-known symphonic poem with voice, Luonnotar. The Philharmonic concludes its 2023-24 season in grand fashion with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, the Ukrainian, a work in which the composer unreservedly expresses his love for the Ukrainian people and their folk music. The program opens, appropriately enough, with music by Tchaikovsky’s favorite composer, the overture to Don Giovanni by Mozart.

MOZART | Overture, "Don Giovanni", K. 527

SIBELIUS | Luonnotar, Op. 70

Soloist | Stacey Mastrian, Soprano

WILLIAMS | Fairest of Stars

Soloist | Stacey Mastrian, Soprano

TCHAIKOVSKY | Symphony No. 2 in c, Op. 17, Ukrainian

2 pm

Benaroya Hall

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