Fire & Blood (Violin Concerto)
Pictures at an Exhibition
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Picture this: Pictures at an Exhibition, the grandest of all orchestral showpieces, comes to captivating life right before your eyes (and ears). If you haven't heard it, this Russian classic is sure to become a lifelong favorite!
Fire & Blood: Witness Detroit's fiery factories awaken in a thrilling new violin concerto performed by the phenomenal American violinist, Ida Kavafiann. The concert opens with a work by a brilliant young Mexican composer and her extraordinary synthesis of high art, folk and jazz.
It's a goose bump-inducing, fiery, passionate and exciting concert. And it's all yours for as little as $19! What are you waiting for?
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From Music Director David Alan Miller
This celebration of the visual arts includes Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and a thrilling recent violin concerto by Michael Daugherty. Mussorgsky fashioned his epic piano work to give musical representation to an exhibit of drawings and painting by his close friend, the architect and artist, Victor Hartmann, who died at age 39 in 1873. In 1922, the French master, Maurice Ravel, made an orchestral version of Mussorgsky's piano work, thus creating one of the best-loved and most virtuosic works in the entire orchestral canon.
Michael Daugherty's "Fire and Blood" is a riveting concerto of violin and orchestra inspired by the murals that Diego Rivera painted in the Detroit Institute of Art in the early 1930s on a commission from Edsel Ford. The violin concerto evokes the world of Rivera, his wife, the remarkable Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, and the ideas behind the murals called "Detroit Industry." Daugherty scored a huge triumph this season with the Albany Symphony premiere of his piano concerto, "Deux ex Machina," and "Fire and Blood," premiered by the Detroit Symphony in 2003, is an equally powerful, accessible work.
The phenomenal American violinist, Ida Kavafian, for whom the work was written, joins the orchestra as soloist. The concert opens with a work by a brilliant young Mexican composer, Gabriela Ortiz. The daughter of famous Mexican folk musicians, Ms. Ortiz blends indigenous Mexican culture and heritage into her elegant, colorful music.