Classics Series B
Strauss, Ravel and More
Dec 1, 2017 – Dec 2, 2017 at the Centennial Concert Hall
Guest Maestro Jun Märkl, student of Bernstein, meets the WSO for an incredible evening of music making. Richard Strauss couldn’t resist a story. In Death and Transfiguration, a dying man, presumably Strauss himself, recalls the artistic ideals he didn’t achieve and as the fatal hour arrives, his soul takes leave. But now, the eternal cosmos presents a magnificent realization of the ideal.
In 1919, Ravel started work on a tribute to Vienna. But World War I had ended with a “fatefully inescapable whirlpool.” So, Ravel created a waltz that emerges from surreal mists, moves to the ballroom, only to end in a crash of orchestral colour, its waltz time destroyed forever. Dvořák’s tragically devilish tale and Estacio’s sparkling new Trumpet Concerto complete the evening.
Join us for a pre-concert chat on the Piano Nobile at 7:15 p.m. each night.
The Water GoblinAntonín Dvořák
Trumpet ConcertoJohn Estacio
Death and TransfigurationRichard Strauss
La valseMaurice Ravel
Strauss & RavelFri, Dec 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration tells of an artist, his ideals and realizations as he enters his final hours. Ravel’s La valse is a brilliant showpiece inside a surreal ballroom that recalls the composer’s feelings of the “fatefully inescapable whirlpool” at the close of World War I.
- Jun Markl, conductor
- Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration)
- Ravel: La valse,poème chorégraphique