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Tchaikovsky & Dvořák

Asper (A)bsolute Classics

Tchaikovsky & Dvořák

The warm sound of the cello reigns supreme for this concert with works by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov featuring principal cellist Yuri Hooker.

Framing the program, a wonderful and spirited Sinfonietta for Strings by distinguished African American composer Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, who was named after the famous English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Dvořák’s charming Czech Suite – last played by the WSO in 2002 – completes the evening.


Daniel Raiskin


Yuri Hooker



Sinfonietta No. 1 For Strings

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Variation on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra


Chant du ménestrel for Cello and Orchestra

Alexander Glazunov

Czech Suite

Antonín Dvořák

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  • Named after the famed English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Perkinson was born in 1932 in New York. During his career, Perkinson arranged songs for Harry Belafonte and Marvin Gaye. He scored films starring Sydney Poitier, Cisely Tyson and Muhammed Ali. Alvin Ailey and the Dance Theatre of Harlem commissioned his ballet scores. However, Perkinson’s deepest desire was to become a composer and conductor of classical music. At age 23, his first string quartet was played in Carnegie Hall and a decade later Perkinson co-founded the country’s first fully integrated professional symphony orchestra, the Symphony of the New World.


  • WSO principal cellist Yuri Hooker performed Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme during the Canadian Conductor Showcase last fall. Maestro Raiskin felt it was such a wonderful performance, he wanted to feature it again for audiences.


  • The work was Tchaikovsky’s first composition for cello and orchestra and its’ style was inspired by his role model Mozart.


  • Invented in the early 16thcentury, “cello” is actually only a nickname. It is the abbreviation of the full name violoncello, which, in Italian, means a “small large viol.”

Feb 12, 2021 | 12:30 pm
Feb 12, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Feb 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm


Centennial Concert Hall

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Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

Series Sponsor:
Asper Foundation Gail Asper Family Foundation

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