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Marin Alsop, conductor

STRAVINSKY Pulcinella, Ballet in One Act 

Pulcinella brought together Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Stravinsky, and Picasso—who created sets and costumes—in a whole new direction after the riotous premiere of the Rite of Spring. Discover how Stravinsky fell in love with the forgotten music and world of commedia dell’arte clowns.

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Off The Cuff: Stravinsky Pulcinella

Marin Alsop, conductor 

PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet 

Originally wanting to give his ballet a happy ending, Prokofiev ultimately composed heartbreakingly beautiful music for the tale of the star-crossed lovers' deaths, alongside the shocking violence of the Capulet/Montague feud that dooms them.

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Off The Cuff: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Jun Märkl, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 

Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto was composed during a time of severe censorship in Soviet Russia, so the composer did not premiere his work until after Stalin's demise. Violinist Ray Chen, winner of the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, illuminates the hidden messages of this highly personal work.

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Off The Cuff: Shostakovich Violin Concerto

Peter Oundjian, conductor

More an astrologer than an astronomer, Gustav Holst’s depiction of planets from our solar system has been sampled, stolen and cherished by the likes of Frank Zappa, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. The BSO salutes the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, complete with Hubble photos and a special guest from NASA.

HOLST The Planets 

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Off The Cuff: Holst the Planets

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JUNE 2013
  • Strathmore
  • Meyerhoff
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