Cinderellas, Concertos, Characters
Rossini’s overture to his funniest opera is a bubbly comedic take on a tale about a girl known as Cendrillon, Cenerentola, Ashenputtel or Cinderella. No concerto before - including Beethoven’s own concertos- began as the G major does, with the solo instrument playing unaccompanied. Beethoven’s instrumental textures, subtleties of harmony and tonal weight of his Piano Concerto creates the illusion of improvisation. Simply for fun, Elgar adapted a “random” tune into musical caricatures of orchestral variations of some of his friends. Engima is widely considered one of greatest of all English orchestral works.
Guest Conductor: Teresa Cheung
Guest Artist: Spencer Myer, piano
Rossini: Overture to La Cenerentola
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58
Elgar: Enigma Variations