Dances of Galanta
Kabir Padavli for Soprano and Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
A rare treat for you World-famous pianist Yefim Bronfman returns to the Albany Symphony to perform Beethoven's monumental final concerto, "The Emperor." Known as "one of the most talented virtuoso pianists alive today." Bronfman will light up the keyboard in the acoustically perfect Troy Savings Bank for this riveting performance of one of history's greatest works.
Plus, you'll fall in love with Kabir Padavali -- an exotic, sensual masterpiece by composer Christopher Rouse and performed by the stunning soprano Talise Trevigne; and you can't help but feel the joy and warmth of the small market town Zoltan Kodály grew up in with his festive and fun Dances of Galánta.
It's the perfect ingredient to your next great night out.
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From Music Director David Alan Miller
One of the world's greatest pianists, Yefim Bronfman, returns to the Albany Symphony to perform Beethoven's monumental final concerto, "The Emperor." Premiered in 1811, the "Emperor" Concerto comes at the end of Beethoven's "Heroic" middle period, and shares the triumphant key of Eb with that other heroic work of Beethoven, the "Eroica" Symphony.
This concert also reintroduces the orchestra's 2012-13 "Mentor-Composer," Christopher Rouse, to Capital Region audiences with an exotic, sensual masterpiece from 1999, "Kabir Padavali" (Kabir Songbook). The legendary Indian mystical poet Kabir lived from 1398 to 1448; as a young man, Christopher Rouse was fascinated by Indian culture, poetry and music. He traveled to India to study its rich musical traditions and fell in love with Kabir's poetry. Later, he crafted this set of five poems into a world-music tour-de-force for soprano and orchestra.
Opening the concert is Hungarian composer, Zoltan Kodaly's exquisite set of dances from the small market town in which he grew up, "Dances of Galanta." His close friend, Bela Bartok said of Kodaly, "…his works are the most perfect embodiment of the Hungarian spirit." The "Dances of Galanta" is one of the most luminous, sumptuous dance suites ever composed for orchestra.