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Rousing in their power, the three works of this program, conducted by our new music director, are justifiably loved by audiences. Sibelius' superb second symphony is everything a great masterwork should be: broad, inspiring, emotional, and thrilling. Mozart's concerto features violinist Ray Chen, a compelling young artist who is already turning heads. Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, replete with Haydnesque humour, is a brilliant work that will make you smile.
|Date||Thursday, February 20, 2014|
|Time||Coffee and refreshments at 10:00 am
Classical Conversation at 10:30 am
|Price||$10 at the door|
Enjoy a one hour preview of this Masterworks concertbrought to you by the Sarasota Orchestra Association. It is an informative and enjoyable opportunity for any classical music lover to learn more about music and to heighten appreciation of the program pieces. The preview features Dr. Joseph Holt, Artistic Director of Gloria Musicae, leading a musically illustrated discussion. (Due to rehearsal schedule, Music Director Anu Tali and Soloist Ray Chen will not be present at 'A Classical Conversation.')
Click for Program Notes and to listen to a short excerpt.
|Prokofiev*||Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (Classical Symphony)
||Ray Chen, violin||
Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
|Sibelius*||Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
*Music excerpt credit to the Estonian Broadcasting Union
[Tali] seems to have taken over the hearts and musical minds of this city. And with good reason. Observer Group
As one of the most intriguing young conductors on the scene today, Anu Tali belongs to a new generation of artists who are constantly searching for fresh musical ideas.
Anu Tali appears regularly with orchestras worldwide including the Japan and Tokyo Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and the New Jersey, Madison and Edmonton Symphonies. She has also conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg (making her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berner Symphonieorchester and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Following a major success with a production of Carmen at Magdeburg State Opera, she was invited to conduct the Freiburger Barockorchester in a production of Gluck’s Telemaco at the Schwetzingen Festival as well as at Basel Opera.
Highlights of the current season include debuts with Orchestre National de France in Paris and Vienna Radio, re-invitations by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Musikkollegium Winterthur as well as a tour through Europe with the Nordic Symphony Orchestra. She also recently conducted acclaimed semi-staged performances of Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I Have Seen with several ensembles including the London Sinfonietta at New York’s Lincoln Center, in Saint Paul/Minnesota, at London’s Southbank Centre as well as in Barcelona and Seattle.
Together with her twin sister Kadri, Anu Tali founded the Nordic Symphony Orchestra in 1997 in order to develop cultural contacts between Estonia and Finland and to unite musicians from around the world. Today the Nordic Symphony Orchestra has members from fifteen countries, bringing together musicians from the world’s leading orchestras. In autumn 2007 the orchestra undertook its first European tour to Berlin and Munich.
Anu Tali made her debut recording in 2002 with Swan Flight (Finlandia/Warner Classics). This CD earned Anu Tali the 2003 Echo Classics ‘Young Artist of the Year’ Award. Other recordings include Action Passion Illusion for Warner Classics featuring works by Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Erkki-Sven Tüür. Her most recent CD, featuring Tüür’s Strata and Noēsis, was released on ECM in January 2011 and met with great critical acclaim.
In 2003, Anu Tali received the Cultural Award of Estonia and the ‘Presidential Award of Estonia’ in 2004 for her work introducing Estonian music to the world. Anu was also named ‘Musician of the Year 2006’ by the Estonian Broadcasting Corporation. Several broadcasting stations, amongst them ARTE, NHK Japan, YLE Finland and Deutsche Welle, produced documentaries about Anu Tali’s work.
Born in Estonia, Anu started her musical training as a pianist, graduated from the Tallinn Conservatory in 1991 and continued her studies at the Estonian Academy of Music as a conductor with Kuno Areng, Toomas Kapten and Roman Matsow. From 1998 to 2000 Anu Tali studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Ilya Mussin and later with Leonid Kortchmar and Jorma Panula.
Anu Tali was appointed to the position of Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra starting August 1, 2013. Tali, will be the fifth music director in the 65-year history of the Orchestra.
We believe Anu will take the Sarasota Orchestra to a higher level and in the process will ignite even greater passion for one of the region's cultural gems.Anne Folsom Smith, Board Chair, Sarasota Orchestra
Ray Chen can pretty much do anything he wants on the violin. The Washington Post
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. “Ray has proven himself to be a very pure musician with great qualities such as a beautiful youthful tone, vitality and lightness. He has all the skills of a truly musical interpreter,” said the great Maxim Vengerov.
Ray has released two critically acclaimed albums on Sony: a recital program “Virtuoso” of works by Bach, Tartini, Franck, and Wieniawski, and the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos with Swedish Radio Orchestra and Daniel Harding. Following the success of these recordings, Ray was profiled by The Strad and Gramophone magazines as “the one to watch”. “Virtuoso” was distinguished with the prestigious ECHO Klassik award. He is currently working on his third, all-Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, slated for release later this year.
"It’s hard to say something new with these celebrated works; however, Ray Chen performs them with the kind of authority that puts him in the same category as Maxim Vengerov." Corriere della Sera
Ray continues to win the admiration of fans and fellow musicians worldwide. In 2012, he became the youngest soloist ever to perform in the televised Nobel Prize Concert for the Nobel Laureates and the Swedish Royal Family. His Carnegie Hall debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo, as well as his sold-out Musikverein concert with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly were met with standing ovations. Later this summer, Ray Chen will perform with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He is also looking forward to his debut at the Lucerne Festival and the tours with Israel Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Followed by nearly 100,000 people on SoundCloud, Ray Chen looks to expand the classical music audience by increasing its appeal to the young generation via all available social media platforms. He is the first ever classical musician to be invited to write a regular blog about his life as a touring soloist for the largest Italian publishing house, RCS Rizzoli (Corriere della Sera, Gazzetta dello Sport, Max). In his unstinting efforts to break down barriers between classical music, fashion and pop culture, he is supported by Giorgio Armani and was recently featured in Vogue magazine.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was supported by Young Concert Artists. He plays the 1702 "Lord Newlands" Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
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