A Century of Bernstein
BEETHOVEN, TCHAIKOVSKY & BERNSTEIN
Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.
Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Kansas City Symphony Chorus, Charles Bruffy, chorus director
Eldar Nebolsin, piano
Joe Rogers, vocalist
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
TCHAIKOVSKY Concert Fantasy
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
Kansas City Symphony continues the centennial celebration of extraordinary American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Typical of Bernstein’s original and eclectic style, the Chichester Psalmscombine various influences, including music initially intended for the Broadway stage. A hidden gem, Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy parallels the melodic inspiration, virtuoso fireworks, and sumptuous orchestration found in the composer’s famous First Concerto. Choral Fantasy, for solo piano, chorus and orchestra, clearly hints at Beethoven’s immortal “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony.
*description borrowed from Kansas City Symphony website.