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Virtuosic fireworks of the female persuasion for Pacific Symphony’s “Beethoven’s Triple Concerto,” featuring Eroica Trio; and women of Pacific Chorale tackle Debussy’s “Nocturnes”
October 24, 2013
Led by Jean-Marie Zeitouni, concert also includes Benjamin Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” celebrating the composer’s centennial
Commanding center stage for Pacific Symphony’s upcoming concert is one of the most daring innovations in concerto form—“Beethoven’s Triple Concerto”—performed by one of the most successful all-women chamber ensembles in theworld, the Eroica Trio. Receiving multiple Grammy nominations for their eight CDs and winning the prestigious Naumburg Award, the Eroica Trio “plays with technical flair, raw driven energy and high spirits,” said The Wall Street Journal. “There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce,” wrote The New York Times. The orchestra is led by one of Canada’s brightest young conductors, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, recipient of the Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year, who opens the evening with Beethoven’s Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus.” The Symphony is then joined by the women of Pacific Chorale to perform Debussy’s “Nocturnes,” three movements inspired by impressionist paintings, and the evening concludes with Britten’s famous “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” in honor of the composer’s 100th anniversary.
“Beethoven’s Triple Concerto” takes place Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A preview talk with Alan Chapman begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$109; for more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
“The Beethoven Triple Concerto is so exciting to perform and to hear because of the singular nature of the piece. Instead of the norm, which is one soloist, you have three, which really gives you three times the bang for your buck!” says the Eroica Trio’s cellist, Sara Sant’Ambrogio.
“It is incredibly exciting watching three soloists toss these amazing melodies and virtuosic fireworks back and forth to each other and the orchestra while the conductor holds it all together and shapes that lush wave of orchestral sound that Beethoven is so famous for,” she continues. “We have performed this piece more than any othertrio, but I still find myself discovering new magical moments in every performance.”
Sparkling with ingenuity, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” puts the spotlight on individual sections of the orchestra, requiring solo work from each. Benjamin Britten, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, masterfully wove together every corner of the orchestra to create an evocative composition that enhances the listener’s appreciation for the instruments and musicians.
Debussy’s “Nocturnes” are memorable for their glistening, translucent sound. Debussy encouraged audiences to understand “Nocturnes” in a decorative sense, and created the three movements to expound on the theme of the special effects of light as seen in paintings by the great English artist J.M.W. Turner.
The opening piece, Overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus,” is an illustration of the contradiction between the light, airy elegance of ballet with a philosophical sense of impending drama. Beethoven begins the work with emphatic chords that jolt in the opening bars, alerting the audience to expect something extraordinary.
The Eroica Trio’s innovative programs and performances have cultivated a reputation for passion and excitement. Pianist Erika Nickrenz received the Rockefeller Award and has been featured in the PBS series “Live from Lincoln Center.” Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio received a medal at the International Tchaikovsky Violoncello Competition. Parkins joined founding members Nickrenz and Sant’Ambrogio in 2006, proving to be a mighty force in her own right. The Trio, formed in 1986 at the Juilliard School of Music, took its name from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, “Eroica” and has performed more concerts of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto than any other trio.
“We are very much looking forward to performing one of our favorite pieces with Pacific Symphony!” continues Sant’Ambrogio. “Pacific Symphony is not only one of the best orchestra in California, but it is one of the best regional orchestras in the country. We look forward to discovering anew the passion and genius of Beethoven with Pacific Symphony.”
Zeitouni, music director of the Columbus Symphony and since 2011 artistic director of I Musici de Montréal, has an eloquent and fiery style that has helped him lead more than 200 performances around the world. His long-termassociation with Les Violons du Roy started as conductor-in-residence, then as associate conductor, and until 2012, as principal guest conductor. In the 2013-14 season, he debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and has re-engagements with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Oregon Symphony and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec.
The Thursday, Nov. 14, concert is sponsored by Symphony 100. Pacific Symphony’s Classical series performances are made possible by the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation, with additional support from American Airlines, The Westin South Coast Plaza, KUSC and PBS SoCal.
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