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CLASSICAL NOTES: Violin virtuoso, fantasy and Fantasia
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – This week Grand Teton Music Festival begins its third week of the summer season’s seven-week residency.
Thursday’s Chamber Music concert is a feast of delicious virtuoso delights. Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7, by Zoltan Kodaly (Hungarian ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist and philosopher), is on the program as the cornerstone of a high-level violin and cello repertoire. Following that is Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, the last of his violin sonatas. Dvorak’s String Quintet in E-flat major, which was written during the Czechoslovakian composer’s 1893 summer spent in Spillville, Iowa, closes the evening. The piece depicts Dvorak’s Bohemian idiom of American reflections. Show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $28.
Friday and Saturdays orchestra concerts are Fantasy & Fantasia. Modest Mussorgsky’s Night On Bald Mountain will be instantly recognizable to fans of Disney’s Fantasia. One of the first tone poems by a Russian composer, it was composed by Mussorgsky with the theme of a witches’ sabbath that occurs on St. John’s Eve. It was inspired by Russian works of lore and legend and completed on June 23, 1867, a sabbath night.
World-renowned guest percussionist Colin Currie performs Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s Magical Siedi, a percussion concerto written for Currie himself, and Rachmaninoff’s 1940 Three Symphonic Dances, his last work and a beautiful representation of his musically adventurous style. Show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and tickets are $54.
Thirty minutes prior to the Friday and Saturday shows $15 rush tickets are available.
On Tuesday, “Inside the Music” is Originals. Brilliant speaker and musician Roger Oyster explores the works of distinctly original musical voices, from Gershwin and Debussy to American contemporary Paul Moravec, a prolific composer who received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for the music of Tempest Fantasy, from which selections will be performed. Show begins at 8 p.m., and admission is free.