Chamber Series Concert 1


Two works that place nature at the center of the action: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night. The Schoenberg, filled with atmospheric evocations of nature, complex layering of ideas, and long, dramatic trajectories, masterfully recreates Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name. The Four Seasons is one of classical music’s most beloved works. These four concerti, featuring DSO’s Concertmaster, David Southorn, graphically, and beautifully, portray the joys and perils of each season.

–David Amado


DSO at Longwood Gardens

With a program sure to entertain, join us for an evening that commemorates one of the most influential composers of all time. The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, led by David Amado, will present a program with highly acclaimed pianist Peter Serkin. Known for his emotive and thought-provoking performances, Serkin joins the Delaware Symphony on Piano Concerto No. 2, the concerto that marked Beethoven’s debut and the beginning of his professional career.


On March 26, 2017, the Delaware Symphony will return to Kent County for its first performance in the beautiful Dover High School Theater. For this special event, we will welcome internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Denyce Graves to perform the solo part in the Ballet Suite from Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. David Amado comments, “Filled with Andalusian passion, Gypsy flair, magic, ghosts, and, in the end, true love, it is a glittering showpiece for both singer and orchestra.” The concert concludes with Beethoven’s electric 7th Symphony, which Richard Wagner called “the apotheosis of the dance” for its intense rhythmic energy. The program opens with Elgar’s beautiful Serenade for strings, which Amado calls “as decorous as the Beethoven is raucous.”


David Amado comments:
The 2016-2017 season also signifies the beginning of a multi-year survey of all the major symphonic works of Beethoven. The survey begins February 24, 2017 when Wilmington favorite pianist Alon Goldstein returns to perform the Piano Concerto No. 1. Amado finds the concerto, “filled with wit, subtlety, and the fiery virtuosity the composer was known for as a player. Alon Goldstein will bring just the right balance of intimacy and flair.” Anna Clyne’s fragile and affectionate Within Her Arms opens the program. This deeply affecting work, written in memory of her mother, invites comparisons with Barber’s Adagio. The sunny Second Symphony of Brahms will conclude the concert.


David Amado comments:
The 2014 winner of the quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Jinjoo Cho, will perform the Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold, who is equally known for his film scores, including the classic “Robin Hood” with Errol Flynn. “Korngold shows us just why his music was such a hit with studio big shots of the Golden Age of Hollywood, notes Amado. “Technicolor orchestration and larger-than-life dramatic flair brought home by the brilliant violinist, Jinjoo Cho.” The concert opens with Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, a work described by Amado as, “the literal alpha and omega of this opera. From the opening music, with its famously unresolved ‘Tristan chord’, the piece fast-forwards to the end of the mammoth opera to the glorious conclusion where love is finally achieved—but only in death.” Carrying forward the dual themes of love and cinema, the second half includes the equally riotous and moving Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein, and Ravel’s Bolero.


David Amado comments:
The season begins with violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson performing the Double Concerto written for them by André Previn, winner of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 season A. I. du Pont Composer’s Award. This work, co-commissioned by eight world-class orchestras will receive its first performance following those of the co-commissioners in Wilmington. The concert will close with the monumental Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler. Referring to the Mahler, Amado comments, “From its dark, funereal opening to its blazing, triumphant final movement—it gloriously fulfills Mahler’s own requirement that a ‘symphony must be like the world….and contain everything.’ From its darkest moments to its most brilliant climaxes, this is one of the glories of the symphonic literature.” About the Previn concerto, he adds that it is, “a work filled with charm, grace, good humor and beauty—it is a perfect partner for the universalist Mahler.”


David Amado comments:
The series finale will take place May 12, 2017 and feature an all-Russian program filled with bravura. Stravinsky’s brittle, ascetic Ode—music once destined for an Orson Welles film—will be balanced by the ripe romanticism of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto (popularized in the movie, “Shine”), and the evergreen Fourth Symphony by Tchaikovsky. Amado comments on the program, “Brought to life by Russian pianist Sergei Babayan, the Rachmaninoff is at turns a wistful, brilliant and passionate last breath of the waning Romantic Era. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, on the other hand, is the Romantic Era’s standard-bearer—dramatic, volatile, tender, languid, and in the end, triumphant.”

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