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January 20 @ 7:30 pm – January 21 @ 2:30 pm
From Stravinsky’s magical Firebird Suite to Duke Ellington’s jazz-infused The River Suite, this concert moves with music created for ballet. We end with Tchaikovsky’s passionate and beloved Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by astonishingly talented pianist Maxim Lando.
Firebird encompasses three of the most groundbreaking composers of two centuries: The consummate Romantic (Tchaikovsky), the ultimate musical adventurer (Stravinsky) and the most influential jazz composer (Ellington). Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer to earn international popularity; without him there would be no Rachmaninoff, and certainly no Stravinsky. Meanwhile, Stravinsky started out a luxuriant Romantic and ended up a musical ascetic. He set the terms of the twentieth century, and no composer since has been free of his influence. Similarly, Duke Ellington experimented with innovative and unorthodox ideas in jazz melody and form, and impressed even Stravinsky with his musical inventions. This concert explores the relationships between the works of these fascinating musical masters.