Music skilfully narrates both happiness and tragedy in a concert surely not to be missed. The primal nature of love is explored through the lush and evocative Prelude and Liebestod (Love-Death) by Richard Wagner. A cornerstone in the repertoire, cellist Rachel Mercer performs Schumann’s posthumously popular Cello Concerto in A minor that was written in a brief optimistic state during the composer’s tempestuous life. Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich, controversially theorized as an allegory of the life and times of Stalin, is a mighty musical portrait of bitter lyricism and dynamic frenzy.
Kristian Alexander | conductor
Carrie Parks | soprano
Rachel Mercer | cellist
Jurgen Petrenko | host
7:15 p.m. Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk
Intermission discussion with Jurgen Petrenko and Rachel Mercer
Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne
Wagner, Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Schumann, Concerto for cello and orchestra, Op. 129
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
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