Romantic Nights 2018-19
Six evenings of music you can’t afford to miss. Join Music Director Carl St.Clair for a concert series personally curated to create perfect romantic date nights!
This series consists of 4 performances.
Chopin's Piano Concerto
Technically his second piano concerto (he wrote two in one year during his late teens), Chopin’s Concerto in E minor is a work that takes what the melodic composer did best – compose deeply expressive melodies – and puts it in the hands of a virtuoso soloist and orchestra. Prokofiev’s last symphony and Mussorgsky’s macabre Night on Bald Mountain accompany this unforgettable program.
Puccini’s Madame Butterfly tells the story of a young naïve Japanese geisha who believes that her love for a handsome American naval officer is eternal. With its lush score and heartbreaking arias, it is a timeless tale that will stir your emotions.
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Eric Einhorn, stage director
Cameron Anderson, scenic designer
Katie Wilson, costume designer
Kathy Pryzgoda, lighting designer
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Yunah Lee, Cio-Cio San
John Pickle, Pinkerton
Sabina Kim, Suzuki
Joseph Hu, Goro
Luis Ledesma, Sharpless
Yunpeng Wang, Prince Yamadori
Hyung Yun, The Bonze
Jane Shim, Cio-Cio San’s Mother
Karin Mushegain, Kate Pinkerton
PUCCINI: Madame Butterfly
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
A Space Odyssey
Famous as part of the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra elicits wonder about our vast universe. Former Composer-in- Residence Michael Daugherty offers a suitable prelude — a new work celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Mozart’s cheerful Piano Concerto No. 23, with Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, is the sublime centerpiece.
Ravel & Prokofiev
Considered one of Maurice Ravel’s masterpieces, The Child and the Magic Spells (L’enfant et les sortilèges) takes the perspective of a young boy who encounters magical forces. Opening the program is Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a symphonic fairy tale for children that illustrates the characterful sounds of the orchestra and features unique visual performers, the Magic Circle Mime Company.