Sarasota Orchestra Music Director Designate Bramwell Tovey returns to the Van Wezel with a program of works by composers who fearlessly charted their own paths. Black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the child of an African father and English mother, was a favorite of Edward Elgar. Coleridge-Taylor's 1898 Ballade for Orchestra is alternately tender and highly dramatic. Felix Mendelssohn flouted tradition when writing his iconic Violin Concerto, choosing to compose the work in one long movement rather than three shorter ones. Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, a favorite of Sarasota Music Festival audiences, is the soloist in this crowd-pleaser. Richard Strauss chose an unlikely rogue as the protagonist of his tone poem Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, based upon the adventures of a 14th-century folk hero. The program concludes with the exquisite Suite No. 2 from Ravel's 1912 ballet music for Daphnis et Chloé, commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev's cutting-edge premieres were known to occasionally cause riots in the theater, but his commissioning Ravel produced some of the most fascinating and innovative music of the early 20th century, proving once again that sometimes you have to break the rules to reach new heights.
Learn more about the concert at a Classical Conversation with Bramwell Tovey on Thursday, March 31 at 10:30 am in Holley Hall. $11 in advance, $16 at the door. More Information >