The program will open with Debussy’s Nocturne, Fetes (Festivals). Written for a large orchestra including piccolo, contra-bassoon, English horn and full brass and percussion section. This is a work of great majesty, beauty and energy and is one of the best examples of Debussy’s orchestral writing.
The Debussy will be followed by Chopin’s Andante Spiniato and Polonaise Brilliante for Piano and Orchestra. The piano soloist will be Lindsay Tarbet. This is a highly virtuosic work requiring great technical facility and total command of the keyboard. This is a must see for all young pianists who will be inspired by the music and its sparkling brilliance.
Robert Schumann’s second symphony will close the program. A friend and contemporary of Brahms, Schumann like Brahms wrote four symphonies. The second, written during a difficult period of his life, gives little hint of anything but joy and exhilaration. Audiences always are moved by the beautiful melodies.