The Philharmonic presents a special summer concert with an emphasis on works with an established popular appeal. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, classical music’s most widely-known evocation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, shares the bill with another Russian blockbuster, Prokofiev’s alternately bold and lyrical Piano Concerto No. 1, performed by one of our major local artists, pianist Anastasia Solomatina. The 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams will be celebrated via his jaunty English Folksong Suite. Finally, in the best “pops” tradition, the orchestra will play a handful of works by America’s leading composer of “light” works, Leroy Anderson.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | English Folksong Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY | Romeo and Juliet
PROKOFIEV | Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat
Soloist | Anastasia Solomatina piano
Belle of the Ball
The Waltzing Cat
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"Serene cheer and warm sunshine”: Brahms’ Second
To continue 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.