East meets West
November 10, 2012
Ticket Prices: $20 - $58
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Featuring Rachel Barton Pine
After Wagner's death in 1883, half of the composers in Europe were driven by an obsession to imitate him. Those who longed to escape Wagner, however, found an alternative at the 1889 Paris World's Fair, when the East met the West. The exotic sounds of the visiting Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra opened up an entirely new palette of sound colors that energized Impressionism and continues to shape music today.
Paganini was the inspiration for Liszt's career; what Liszt did for the piano, Paganini did for the violin. His virtuosity so astonished listeners that they speculated that he must be divinely – or demonically – possessed. Not only did he raise the standards of violin performance to today's levels, his personal fame and stardom brought the violin out of the ranks of the orchestra and elevated it as classical music's most acclaimed solo instrument.
||Two Posthumous Preludes & One Gnossienne
Arr. Francis Poulenc
||Suite from Mother Goose (Ma Mere l'oye)
|| Violin Concerto No. 2 (Il Campanello)
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Rachel Barton Pine really may be the most charismatic, the most virtuosic, and the most compelling American violinist of her generation. – All Music Guide
Graciuosly sponsored by:
OSF St Anthony Medical Center