concert-1-artwork-2016-17-01Finding the Key

Date: October 29, 2016
Time: 8 PM
Venue: Tsai Performance Center at Boston University

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THE PROGRAM NOTES

Andy Vores
Xylophonic (2016) WORLD PREMIERE

Yehudi Wyner
Piano Concerto “Chiavi in mano” (2004)
….Geoffrey Burleson, piano

Carl Ruggles
Evocations (1934–43)

Béla Bartók
Concerto for Orchestra (1943)

 

 

Andy Vores’s Xylophonic salutes the NEP on its 40th anniversary; Yehudi Wyner puts “keys in the hand” of the soloist in his colorful Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto; Carl Ruggles creates four evocative musical portraits; and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra builds from Hungarian folk music into a vibrant celebration.

About Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra
When Serge Koussevitzky commissioned the gravely ill Bartók to write a work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he could not have expected that it would result in the Hungarian composer’s most celebrated symphonic work, in which brilliant virtuosic writing for each section of the orchestra leads from a somber opening, through a showpiece game of instrumental duets, a brass chorale, and a delicate elegy, to a rousing, rhythmic, and life-affirming finale.