NBSO February Concert
|Zeiterion Performing Arts Center|
|684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740|
|Feb 18, 2017|
MIGUEL DEL ÁGUILA: The Giant Guitar
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2
Music Director Finalist: Dirk Meyer
Guest Artist: Sheng Cai, piano
Del Águila: The Giant Guitar
Miguel del Águila’s The Giant Guitar is a riveting composition that describes revolutionary events in South America. The orchestra starts out with a sonority that resembles the open strings of a guitar. But quickly this quaint scenario is transformed into the hustle and bustle of a South American city. With an incredible rhythmic drive and complete with police whistles and sirens, The Giant Guitar will put you onto the edge of your seat!
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Featuring Sheng Cai
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was written during the early period of his career and is impressive and inspiring considering that he was starting to realize that his hearing problems were more than temporary. Himself a virtuoso pianist, Beethoven wrote the concerto for his own use. As was often the case, Beethoven had finished the orchestral parts prior to the first performance in 1803, but not the complete score, and he performed the solo part from memory.
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 is one of the highlights of the late Romantic repertoire. It’s hard to think of another composition with such a wealth of lush melodies and mesmerizing harmonies. The glorious sound of the NBSO strings awaits you in this Russian masterwork.
Pre-concert talk: All are invited to the Penler Space at 6:30pm to hear Dirk Meyer speak about the evening's program.
After-concert reception: Concertgoers are invited to join us in the Penler Space after the performance to meet our music director finalist. Reception sponsor is Russell Morin Catering & Events.